Did the saints who died in the Old Testament rise after Jesus' resurrection or will they rise after he returns?

The scriptures say that all the saints that die before the second presence of Christ will remain in the grave until his return. (I Thessalonians 4:16) The order of resurrection is also spoken of as the sounding of the last trumpet when the dead shall be raised. (I Corinthians 15:51-52).  These scriptures show that the […]

Why is Jesus called the bread of life?

We know that literal bread is a food that supports life.  A person could live on bread and water alone!  So it is a beautiful picture of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus gave his human body, his life, to give men life.  John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this […]

May 7th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

Is the great commission the only command of Christ for right standards with God? What must you obey to obey Christ?

After his resurrection, Jesus told his disciples, “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20. This is sometimes referred to as the Great Commission. As followers of Christ, we are all given this work to go out and share the good news.​

But all that […]

May 6th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

Who does Jesus love most?

Quite simply, He loves His Father in heaven the most. Jesus told us the most important commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind….” Matthew 22:36. Certainly, that was what Jesus did. 

The depth of His love for God was demonstrated on the […]

May 2nd, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

When was Jesus crucified? It was not Friday, because He said He would be dead three days and three nights

This can certainly be a puzzling question! By our way of counting, the third day would seem to be on Monday, but it seems the phrase "for three days" can really indicate parts of three days. He was in the grave for part of Friday, all of  Saturday, and part of Sunday, so parts of […]

May 1st, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

What does "poor in spirit" mean in Matthew 5:3?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit (humble-minded) for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” 

The Greek word translated “poor” has the significance of utter destitution, extreme poverty. Thus, a full appreciation of our own spiritual destitution is essential in order to receive the divine grace provided by Jesus, our Lord. And not only must our poverty […]

Please explain Luke 17:20-21, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

In this event, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees. How could God’s kingdom be in the hearts of Pharisees? Jesus had called the Pharisees hypocrites! (Read Luke 11 and Matthew 23.) ​

The NIV, ESV, CSB, NASB translate this as “the kingdom of God is among you.” These verses may be better rendered with the thoughts: “The […]

How did Jesus cleanse the temple?

An account of Jesus cleansing the temple is recorded in Matthew 21:12-17. The temple would have been a busy place at Passover time. Both local and foreign-born Jews had come to observe the Passover week. There would be sacrifices of sheep, cattle, and doves in the temple, which were thanks-giving or dedication or repentance offerings. 

For […]

April 18th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

What is the context of Palm Sunday?

What events led up to Palm Sunday? The evening before, Jesus enjoyed a fine feast at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. This was the same Lazarus that Jesus had recently awakened from the sleep of death (John 12:1,2).  There was a large crowd of Jews who came to see Jesus and to see […]

April 10th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

How do we eat God?

We cannot eat God, but we do symbolically eat the body and blood of Jesus during our celebration of the Memorial of Jesus' death.

"…The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in […]

March 26th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death, Salvation and Ransom|