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A Hidden Highlight in Jesus’ Appearances

Wave Sheaf

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When chronology can be discerned, the order of Jesus’ post resurrection appearances is often very important. One such instance concerns the chronology of Jesus’ appearances to the women. It seems the first two of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances were to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18) and the other to a group of women on their way back to Jerusalem from the gravesite (Matthew 28:8-10). Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were probably part of the Bethany group of women, which I presume arrived at the tomb before the Jerusalem party, because they wondered about the stone (Mark 16:1-3), but the Jerusalem party did not (Luke 24:1-2). The reason being, Mary Magdalene had met them on their way to the tomb, after she left to tell Peter and the other disciple that someone had stolen the body, and informed them what she had already found. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Were the Women Afraid?

Women at the Tomb afraid

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When the women came to the sepulcher where Jesus was laid, they found the stone that sealed the tomb (Matthew 27:66) was rolled away (Luke 24:2-3). Luke tells us that the women were perplexed (G1280). That is, didn’t know why the tomb was empty (Luke 24:4-5). In other words, the thought that Jesus had arisen from the dead, hadn’t even occurred to any of them. The Greek word (G1280) is used of Herod being in doubt of who Jesus was in Luke 9:7. It is also used for the confusion of the chief priests and the captain of the Temple when they found out the Apostles had escaped their prison cell and were teaching in the Temple (Acts 5:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Many Came to Anoint Jesus’ Body?

Women at the Tomb

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Scholars have tried to piece together the four witnesses in a manner in which told one clear story about what occurred on Resurrection Sunday, but some of the differences in the four Gospel records prevent a definitive chronology that would be accepted by all. To be sure, there is no doubt among believers that the records are true as they pertain to Jesus rising from the dead, but the order in which his resurrection was discovered and the chronology of his later appearances leave many in doubt of an accurate and orderly arrangement. Therefore, whatever may be said about the chronology of the day’s events should be taken with some skepticism, since another, and perhaps equally plausible account, could be presented by someone else. There simply isn’t enough information in all four witnesses to establish chronology beyond doubt. That said, I will now begin to offer my understanding of those events. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Post Resurrection Appearances

Jesus appears to Mary - 1

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Below one will find a chart with approximate times of Jesus’ appearances to folks, after he rose from the dead. Obviously, seeking absolute accuracy is impossible. The scriptures simply are not that detailed that they would offer such precision, so some guesswork needs to take place in such an endeavor. Nevertheless, what appears below will agree with the scriptures. Some things that I have written will not be embraced by all, but that’s okay. I have endeavored to be as accurate as the scriptures would allow me to be. I haven’t knowingly assumed any doctrine of men, rather, interpreted what I have seen in the word of God and wrote what seemed good to me. I hope that even among those who disagree with me that one can understand why I have interpreted the scriptures in the manner in which he reads here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Was Jesus Buried and When?

Jesus' Tomb

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A man named Joseph took upon himself the responsibility to bury Jesus (Luke 23:50-53). He went to Pilate and all three Synoptics declare he asked, perhaps begged for Jesus’ body, that it would be given him for burial (Luke 23:52; cf. Matthew 27:57-58; Mark 15:43-45). According to the Gospel of John, Joseph had been a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one, who came to Jesus at night (John 19:38). It is interesting that none of the Synoptics tell us that his relationship with Jesus was a secret one. They say only that Joseph was a righteous man (Luke 23:50, a rich man and a disciple (Matthew 27:57), and that he waited for the Kingdom of God (Mark 15:43). It is almost as though the author of the Gospel of John makes a confession about himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Rending of the Veil

Temple Veil

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I wonder how one would explain the fact that, if Jesus’ crucifixion took place at either of the two most popular locations, how any of the Gospel writers could know that the veil of the Temple was torn from the top to the bottom. If the writers of the Gospel wrote only what they witnessed or what other disciples witnessed (cf. Luke 1:1-3), how was it known how the veil of the Temple was torn or even when it occurred on that day? After all, both popular crucifixion sites are found on the other side of the city and behind the Temple. The only possible location for the crucifixion to have taken place, and for the disciples to actually see what occurred in the Temple was east of the city on the top of Mount Olivet! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Did God Forsake or Desert Jesus?

Forsaken me

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Some believe toward the end of Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus began to buckle under the wrath of God. They conclude that his humanity cried out, as he felt so utterly alone, believing that even his Father had abandoned him. Others conclude that the Father did actually abandon Jesus, his Son, as the full weight of humanity’s sin was placed upon him on the cross. They say, “Separation from the Father must have been the worst part of the Cross for Jesus who had never before experienced anything but intimate fellowship with his Father.”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Good Thief

Good Thief

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Luke mentions that one of the criminals taunted Jesus, demanding him to save himself and them who were crucified with him (Luke 23:39). The second criminal, however, rebuked the first, telling him he had no fear of God, before whom they both were coming to be judged (Luke 23:40). The second man admitted to his guilt, saying that both his and the other man’s judgment fit the crimes they committed (Luke 23:41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unbelief and Mocking Jesus

Unbelief

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For practical purposes the Romans needed an accusation to charge Jesus in order to crucify him, because such a thing would become a matter of public record. In the second century AD Justin Martyr, while addressing the Emperor, Pius, mentioned that proof of what he said could be obtained from the Acts of Pilate,[1] something that hardly could be so, if Pilate wasn’t required to record the reasons for the executions he commanded. Therefore, Pilate’s official verdict was: Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews—a political crime, something for which he had earlier found him innocent. Nevertheless, he could hardly mention in a public record that he had executed Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, a religious crime, according to the Jews (John 19:7, 13-16), but a matter of harmless superstition, according to Rome (cf. Acts 25:18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Interpreting Daniel

Time of Trouble

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One of the things I look for in my Bible studies, and really enjoy when I find it, is to see where the Bible undeniably interprets itself. I hate it when I must rely upon my own interpretation or that of other men whom I respect. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but it is always, at least in my own mind, a tentative matter, until I am able to discover where scripture interprets itself. One of the really wonderful things I have discovered, through reading and listening to godly men, is that Jesus’ Parable of the Tares is based upon Jesus’ understanding of Daniel’s prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Crucifixion and the Temple of God

Door

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The Genesis account of the Garden of Eden, and the activity of Cain and Able portray an interesting comparison to the divisions of the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple of of God at Jerusalem. For example, the Most Holy Place is equivalent to the place in the Garden where Adam and Eve met with the Lord (cf. Genesis 3:8), while the rest of the Garden, where Adam and Eve interacted with one another and satisfied themselves with the fruits thereof, would be equivalent to the Holy Place within the Tabernacle or the Temple. Outside the Garden was the Land of Eden, for the Garden was planted within Eden (Genesis 2:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Understanding the Parables

Parables of Jesus

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It has been said, “If a parable has to be explained, it loses much of its force, just as a joke does when someone doesn’t get it and needs an explanation.”[1] The problem with accepting this analysis is that the reasons Jesus gave for his speaking in parables was, first of all, to hide the mysteries of the Kingdom of God from those who had hardened hearts toward the word of God (Matthew 13:10-15), and, secondly, to reveal those mysteries to the elect or those who had ‘ears to hear’ (Matthew 13:9, 16-17, 34-35). Moreover, sometimes even the disciples didn’t “get it” and the parables had to be explained (Luke 8:9; Matthew 13:36). Far from being akin to telling a joke, the parables are the keys to understanding the New Testament mysteries (Matthew 13:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Where is Golgotha?

Golgatha

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Probably, most folks who study the Bible believe the place where Jesus was crucified is one of two locations. The first is the traditional place inside Jerusalem’s city walls, which had been identified as the place where Jesus was crucified by Helena, Constantine’s mother, in 333 AD. The second location was proposed by German theologian, Otto Thenius, in 1842, and it can be found just outside and north of the Damascus Gate along the western city wall. The latter was proposed because of two cavities in the rocks of the hill, which cause it to resemble the eyes of a skull to some people. However, I hesitate to believe folks would see the resemblance, if they didn’t know Jesus was crucified at a place called the “skull”. The immediate problem with both of the locations is that they were identified as such through subjective reasoning, the first by premonition and the second by appearance. Nevertheless, there is absolutely no objective evidence from the Biblical record to support either point of view. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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John as Elijah

Elijah

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For the most part, the New Testament begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. He was sent to, among other things, introduce the Messiah to his people, the Jews. In my previous study on the motif of the eschatology of the parables, I mentioned that John’s ministry was in perfect harmony with Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. We are told that John warned the Jewish authorities of the coming judgment of the nation (Matthew 3:7, 10) at the hand of the Messiah (Matthew 3:12). Moreover, he went on to say that at the time of the harvest the Messiah would separate the grain from the chaff, i.e. the believers from the unbelievers, burn the chaff in the fire and save the grain in his barn. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did God Hear Jesus’ Prayer?

Jesus' Prayers

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Jesus was led to a place called Calvary, with two others who were condemned to be crucified (Luke 23:32-33). The word Calvary actually comes to us from the Vulgate translation of the Greek, kranion (G2898), at Luke 23:33. The verse should read “the Scull” or “the Head” as Young’s Literal Version and our modern translations do. Calvary is the English translation of the Latin calvariae, which means head or skull. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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