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Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

No one who reads the Gospels with an objective mind can come to any other conclusion than that Jesus claimed deity, and that He did so repeatedly. But more than just talking about it, Jesus proved Who He was by doing miracles that no prophet of God had ever done, such as walking on water, calming a storm and raising Himself from the dead, demonstrating His sovereign power over His creation. But His bold declarations provide no room for doubt to the reader who comes to the text without a bias. 

  Jesus' words in John 11 are one such example. While Jesus was in the Jordan River area, He received an urgent message from some beloved friends in Bethany, the sisters Mary and Martha. This was the Mary who had anointed Jesus with oil and wiped His feet with her tears. Their brother Lazarus had become seriously ill:

 3 So the sisters sent a message to Him: “Lord, the one You love is sick.”

 4 When Jesus heard it, He said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so …

Jesus the Bread of Life

Jesus makes some very startling statements in the Gospels. We find one of them in John 6. 
  The context: Jesus had just fed about 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. The next day, when some of them came to Him seeking more free miracle food, He offered them something much more valuable: 
32 Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven. 
33 For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!”

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. 

36 But as I told you, you’ve seen Me, and yet you do not believe.

37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 

39 This…

Jesus the Vine

In John 15:5-7, Jesus speaks about doing good things for God, about working for and bearing good fruit for the Kingdom of God.     

  Read His words very, very carefully, and tell me if a mere man can say them:

 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. 

 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 

 7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you." John 15

  Now, let us look closely at the implications of Jesus' words.

"You can do nothing without Me?"

  That means you can do nothing good for the kingdom unless He is in you and with you.

"If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers?"

  That means your spiritual fruit cannot survive away fromHim.

"If you remain in Me and My …

YHWH God, A Father?

Who is YHWH, the God of the Bible, to you?

  There are some who think of YHWH, "I Am Who I Am," as the strict disciplinarian God of the Old Testament, while Jesus is the kind, gentle and loving God of the New Testament. They say the God of the Old Testament is the God of the Law while Jesus, the God of the New Testament is the God of love and grace.  

  But these various Old Testament Scriptures themselves will describe Who God was to the Israelites even back then (italics mine):  

Deuteronomy 32
 6 Is this how you repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people?
Isn’t He your Father and Creator?
Didn’t He make you and sustain you?

1 Chronicles 22
10 He is the one who will build a house for My name. He will be My son, and I will be his father. I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

Psalm 89 26 He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father,      my God, the rock of my salvation.’
Jeremiah 3
  4 Have you not lately called to Me, “My Father.
     You were my friend …

The Messiah, The Son of God?

In Matthew 16, Jesus has a very important conversation with His followers:

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” 

17 And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven."

  "Son of Man" was the divine title Jesus used most often for Himself, but here we see Him accepting another divine title, "Son of the living God." Nowhere in the entire New Testament do we find Jews contesting this claim, and this because the concept of God having a divine Son was not foreign to them. We find it confirmed in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible which Christians call the Old Testament.…

What's In A Name? Yeshua versus... Esau? 2

Why does Muhammad have a problem with one Hebrew name in particular?

  In the Hebrew Bible, Adam and Eve are Adam and Hava.

  In Arabic, they are Adam and Hawa.

  In the Hebrew Bible, Abraham is Avraham. 

  In Arabic, he is Ibrahim. 

  Lot is Lot whether it's Hebrew or English. 

  In Arabic, he is Lut.

  Moses is Moishe, but in Arabic, he is Musa.

  You see the consistency here, right?

  The Arabic hews very closely to the original Hebrew when it comes to Bible names.

  So why is it that suddenly, when it comes to the name of the King of kings and the Lord of lords...

  Muhammad decided to change Jesus' name to Isa (or Eesa)?   

  God didn't name Jesus "Isa" in the Bible. 

  He named Him Yeshua, short for Yehoshua, which means "The Lord Saves."

  Here it is in Matthew 1 (text in parentheses mine):

  20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as you…

What Was Jesus' First Miracle, According to the Gospels?

If you were to search all of the Gospels for an answer, what would you say was the very first miracle that Jesus ever did?

  If you're a Christian who knows your Bible, then most likely you will say it was Jesus' turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. And until today, I would have agreed with you.

  After all, in John 2, we read that:

11 Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

  But technically speaking, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of is right and we are wrong. Dr. Sarfati has another answer, and he is correct. In his video presentation at the Seattle Creation Conference in 2013 (link provided below), Dr. Sarfati points to the chapter prior, in which the Apostle John points out that Jesus' birth was not the beginning of His existence:

  1 In the beginning was the Word,
     and the Word was with God,
     and the Word was God.

  2 He was with God in the beginning.

  3 All things were created…

What Languages Did Jesus Speak?

In this age of globalization and the Internet in which so many speak multiple languages with grace and ease, it is somewhat strange that some people think we are the only generation that has ever had this gift. Coming as I do from a country in which large numbers of us speak at least two very different languages, I find it odd when some make the claim that Jesus could only speak one. The claim is that His one and only language was Aramaic.

  But did Jesus really only speak one language?

  Let's explore what we can learn from the words of the New Testament and from studies made by others.  

  We begin with the young Jesus, when His parents have discovered He is not with them in the caravan heading home. Instead they find Him at the Temple in Jerusalem. Hebrew was still spoken in 1st century Israel, of course, because this was Jewish land and had been for about 2,000 years. But the exile of the Jewish people had taken its toll on their choice of language, and Aramaic had spread thr…

Who Wrote Most of the New Testament?

Is the claim correct that Paul wrote most of the New Testament?  Critics make this claim to try and support their assertion that Paul somehow hijacked Christianity away from the Mosaic Law and into his own "grace theology." But the answer about who wrote most of the NT is easy enough to come to. All we have to do is the math.

  The information used below comes from the oldest sources we have: the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. As you may know, the authors of the NT wrote in Koine Greek, which was the lingua franca of their day. The word numbers may vary slightly from source to source, but these are not going to change our final results.

  So who are our Top Three writers?

  The New Testament has a total of 138,020 Greek words in the Analytical Greek New Testament (AGNT). 

  Of those 138,020 words, the most prolific writers of the New Testament were:

AuthorBooks# of Words% of NT

Luke    Gospel of Luke        37,933 27%