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 New […]

October 5th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|Comments Off on Was Judas Iscariot truly a close relative of Jesus?

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 a lot […]

October 4th, 2019|Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|Comments Off on What made Jesus cry when Lazarus died?

Can we change God’s mind?

Yes and no. ​

No, we cannot change God’s mind. God has a plan and He will fulfill His purposes. Isaiah 46:9-10 (NET), “Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what […]

October 1st, 2019|God, Faith, Prayer|Comments Off on Can we change God’s mind?

How can we believe in Jesus if we are sinners?

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV), “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”​

The process of developing faith is a gift from God. Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” John 6:44.​

Right now, God […]

October 1st, 2019|God, Faith, Salvation and Ransom|Comments Off on How can we believe in Jesus if we are sinners?

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 […]

September 30th, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|Comments Off on Explain the meaning of Zacharias' words in Luke 1:67-80.

Interpretation of Psalms 27:1, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

David, the son of Jesse, wrote this psalm. David had wonderfully experienced the LORD’s personal care and protection throughout his life. He also remembered how God had cared for and protected the nation of Israel. Perhaps he recalled the time when God delivered Israel from the Pharaoh of Egypt. He would have been familiar with […]

September 28th, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters|Comments Off on Interpretation of Psalms 27:1, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"