“From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17 What did Jesus mean by that? What had happened from that time on? I hope you will spend a few minutes with me on my journey of reading through Jesus’ spoken words in the New Testament; to block out all the noise of our society and just listen to what Jesus has to say. If Jesus is who he said he was, then the only thing that truly matters are his words. ~~*~~ The gospel of Matthew records one of Jesus’ most famous sermons, called The Sermon on the Mount. Matthew had been a despised tax collector of his time, but he had changed. He gave away his wealth, relinquished his power, […]
This is one of the most mysterious passages found in the New Testament. It has been the focus of many questions from both skeptics and scholars. But it is not my purpose to debate. I am on a journey; to turn down all the noise and constant distraction from our society, and spend time reading only Jesus’ words from the New Testament to see what He has to say. “If Jesus is who he said he was, then the only thing that truly matters are His words.” Jesus’ first recorded conversation in Matthew 3 is with John the Baptist, where He announces his ministry through the act of baptism. Next, he has a conversation with the devil. Matthew 4:1-11 ~ The Temptation of Jesus Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into […]
I have often said to those I meet, “Just read Jesus’ words in the New Testament and you will be amazed at what He says.” Tune out all the noise and constant bombardment of our society; disregard the rhetoric of those trying to determine if or what parts of the Bible are true; put aside the politics and debates over man-made laws; and for awhile, just come and listen to Jesus’ words. If Jesus is who he said he was, then the only thing that truly matters are His words. I too was curious about my own advice. I have studied the Bible and devotions over the years, but I’ve been longing for some time to tune out and listen intently to what Jesus had to say; to quench my own […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.