Acts 17: 1 – 9 In Thessalonica

Acts 17: 1 – 9 In Thessalonica When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the MessiahContinue reading “Acts 17: 1 – 9 In Thessalonica”

Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in he synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who caused havoc in Jerusalem among thoseContinue reading “Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem”

Luke 23: 13 – 25 Jesus before Pilate and Herod – Part 3

Luke 23: 13 – 25 Jesus before Pilate and Herod – Part 3 Pilate called together the chief priests , the rulers and the people, and said to them, ‘You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basisContinue reading “Luke 23: 13 – 25 Jesus before Pilate and Herod – Part 3”

Luke 22: 63 – 71 The guards mock Jesus & Jesus before Pilate and Herod

Luke 22: 63 – 71 The guards mock Jesus & Jesus before Pilate and Herod The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, ‘Prophesy! Who hit you?’ And they said many other insulting things to him. At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, bothContinue reading “Luke 22: 63 – 71 The guards mock Jesus & Jesus before Pilate and Herod”

Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2

Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not toContinue reading “Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2”

Luke 20: 20 – 26 Paying taxes to Caesar

Luke 20: 20 – 26 Paying taxes to Caesar Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power of the governor. So the spies questioned him: ‘Teacher, we know that youContinue reading “Luke 20: 20 – 26 Paying taxes to Caesar”

Luke 19: 28 – 44 Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king

Luke 19: 28 – 44 Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, andContinue reading “Luke 19: 28 – 44 Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king”

Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah

Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of longContinue reading “Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah”

John 10: 22 – 42 Further conflict over Jesus claims

John 10: 22 – 42 Further conflict over Jesus’ claims Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered round him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tellContinue reading “John 10: 22 – 42 Further conflict over Jesus claims”

John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is

John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is Two things struck me as I read this passage. The first was that, once again, Jesus makes a very clear distinction between himself and God the Father. The other was that when Jesus spoke publicly, people responded in one of two ways: those who wereContinue reading “John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is”