The parables Jesus told were not just moral stories on how to live – they told us about heaven and hell. I imagine the questions people might have asked Jesus would go something like this: If you are the Son of God from heaven, then tell us what is heaven like, and is there really a hell? Wouldn’t you ask the same thing if you could? Jesus’ response is found in his parables. He did not really explain the physical nature of heaven in his stories, as our minds would not be able to fully understand that. But he did do a lot of explaining on how to get to heaven and avoid hell. When people say to me today, “I don’t think here is a hell,” or “I don’t […]
Jesus could have easily been talking about the fair-weathered or pretend Christians of today when he was telling the parable of the Wheat and Weeds. Hardly a week goes by where we do not hear the surprising and shocking news of someone who is not the person they had pretended to be. Jesus never asked us to be perfect (for He is the only perfect one), but he did ask us to be authentic. It reminds me of a time earlier this summer when I attended a small seaside church near the beach. The sights and sounds of the ocean always bring to my mind images of Jesus’ ministry – the fisherman disciples, their boats and fishing nets, shipwrecks and storms, and Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach for his disciples. So as I sat in […]
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 […]
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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.