Was Judas Iscariot truly a close relative of Jesus?

No, Judas was not a relative of Jesus. The Judas who betrayed our Lord was named Judas Iscariot. This name is explained in John 6:71, “Judas the son of Simon Iscariot.” (ESV) In the Bible, he was never identified as a family member of Jesus. Judas was a very common and popular name among the [...]

What made Jesus cry when Lazarus died?

John 11:35-36, 38 (RSV), “Jesus wept. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’…Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb…”​ The scriptures explain why Jesus cried; it was because Jesus was personally feeling the great loss of His dear friend. He had loved Lazarus. ​ By the time Lazarus died, Jesus had had [...]

Explain the meaning of Zacharias' words in Luke 1:67-80.

2 Peter 1:21 (NIV), “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Zacharias was moved by the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:68-70 is the first division of this prophecy: praise to God. He spoke of the redemption work to [...]

For the three years of Jesus ministry on earth what was he basically doing?

Summary: Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, he was preaching the redemption and securing the possession of all that was lost at the fall. ​ Discussion: Jesus explained his mission in Luke 19:10, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” What was lost? When Adam and Eve were [...]