Acts 5: 21 – 42 The apostles persecuted

Acts 5: 21 – 42 The apostles persecuted At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associated arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin – the full assembly of the elders of Israel – and sent to the jail forContinue reading “Acts 5: 21 – 42 The apostles persecuted”

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.Continue reading “Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin”

Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar

Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every dayContinue reading “Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar”

Acts 2: 22 – 41 Peter addresses the crowd – Part 2

Acts 2: 22 – 41 Peter addresses the crowd – Part 2 ‘Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate planContinue reading “Acts 2: 22 – 41 Peter addresses the crowd – Part 2”

Acts 1: 1 – 11 Jesus taken up into heaven

Acts 1: 1 – 11 Jesus taken up into heaven In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himselfContinue reading “Acts 1: 1 – 11 Jesus taken up into heaven”

The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record

The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record It is well known that each of the gospels was written for a different group of Christians, and with a different emphasis. In particular, St John’s gospel stresses the divinity of Jesus, while the synoptic gospels focus more on his humanity. It’s also worthContinue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record”

The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb

The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb There is one detail of the resurrection story that we find only in St Matthew’s gospel, and that is the posting of a guard on the tomb. This is how it reads in the NIV translation. Matthew 27: 62 – 66 TheContinue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb”

The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2

The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2 I have collated all the resurrection appearances, and started to consider them carefully. This will take some time. In the meantime, this post that I made when I was studying St John’s gospel prompted me to pray and listen to Jesus about this study of the resurrection.Continue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2”

The resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus The resurrection of Jesus is the absolute keystone of my faith. If the resurrection didn’t happen, I would have great difficulty in believing. I want to experience being close to Jesus. When I prayed for this, it seemed to me that I received the answer, “You need to spend time withContinue reading “The resurrection of Jesus”

Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus

Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And theyContinue reading “Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus”