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The Crucifixion that Almost Was

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I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Pilate’s Passover

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It was time for Jesus’ ascension, i.e. time for him to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate a Feast Day. This particular occasion could not have been the Passover when Jesus was crucified, as I hope to show here. Nevertheless, neither does Luke mention which Feast Day this might have been. Luke 9:51-53 shows the Samaritans were upset that Jesus was set to go to Jerusalem instead of celebrating that Feast Day with them. The Samaritans had no reason to celebrate the Feast of Dedication (celebrated in our December) or the Feast of Purim (celebrated in late winter), because these days had special meaning only for the Jews in Jerusalem. Therefore, there would be no reason for the Samaritans to be jealous of Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem, if his intention was to celebrate one of these feast days. The Scriptures the Samaritans used was the Samaritan Pentateuch which they called the Law. These were the only Scriptures they used and the feasts they celebrate correspond to those found in Leviticus 23. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

The Parable of the Appointed Time

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In Luke 12:54-56 Jesus criticizes the Jewish people of his generation for not knowing the time in which they lived. That is they didn’t discern the gravity of the moment. They simply let it go by without consideration. They knew when to expect rain or a hot day, but they simply didn’t reflect upon what had already occurred in their presence, in terms of interpreting John the Baptist’s coming and teaching, as well as Jesus own teaching and miracles. They should have known they were living in the last days of the Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 31:29) and the beginning of the times of the Messiah (Deuteronomy 18:15), which would be the time of the New Covenant as predicted by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-33). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Signs, Morality and Logic

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is on Jesus’ Side?

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According to Jesus’ own words (Luke 12:49), he came in order to send fire upon the earth, but what does he mean? During the days of John the Baptist, John claimed that the Messiah was about to arrive on the scene, and he would baptize folks, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), which, if used in the context of Jesus’ baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire, must have something to do with judgment (cf. Mark 9:43-48) and refining or purifying (cf. Malachi 3:2-3). The sense seems to be that some believers are unable to endure persecution that inevitably comes with obeying Jesus (cf. Luke 12:4-5, 8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Setting the Watch

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In Luke 12:37 Jesus’ disciples were told to watch (G1127), and in his first epistle Peter uses this same Greek word, calling upon believers to be vigilant (1Peter 5:8), because their adversary was roaming about, seeking whom he might swallow up (destroy). Jesus used the word in the context of being prepared and letting one’s light shine (Luke 12:35), and he mentioned the second and third watches of the night to point to the times when the guard was most apt to fall asleep. In the context of the first century this was from about 9 PM to midnight (2nd watch) and midnight to 3 AM ( 3rd watch). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Second Exodus

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I find it interesting that the Lord told Moses to have the people “gird up their loins” at the time of their exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 12:11). This was how they were to eat the Lord’s Passover, which in the New Testament was the day upon which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Moreover, Jesus’ command, that his disciples gird up their loins, seems to point to a second exodus out of what was spiritually called Egypt, i.e. Jerusalem, the place where Jesus was crucified (Luke 12:35; cf. Revelation 11:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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