Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus forewarn the apostles of His death and resurrection?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, He did.

““Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”” (Matthew 20:18-19)

“When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”” (Matthew 26:1-2)

“Then Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’ 32 But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”” (Matthew 26:31-32)

“And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31)

“saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”” (Mark 10:33-34)

“But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”” (Mark 14:28)

“Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.”” (Luke 18:31-33)

No, He did not.

“For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.” (John 20:9)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:



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What better time to finish and review this book on Christ’s incarnation than on Christmas day!

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2015.  272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

If you think you heard it all and exhausted all there is to learn concerning the birth of Christ or the incarnation think again.  This book is written by two New Testament professors who offer their insights into passages that cover the infant narrative of Jesus Christ.  Though I felt the book started slowly and I was initially concerned whether there would be new things I can learn nevertheless as the book progressed I found it fulfilled my expectation of learning about the birth of Jesus and the incarnation through fresh eyes.


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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint.  The Greek Septuagint numbering is different than the Hebrew and English Bible numbering and the verse I translated is from the English and Hebrew Psalm 69:5.

Here’s my translation:

“6 ὁ θεὸς, σὺ ἔγνως τὴν ἀφροσύνην μου,
O God you know my foolishness

καὶ αἱ πλημμελίαι μου ἀπὸ σοῦ οὐκ ἐκρύβησαν.”
and my wrongs are not hidden from you

Here are some observations:


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This time of year with holidays around the corner we often see the media attack the Bible and Christianity.  Sometimes it isn’t just only the media but also in our personal relationship as well where people say things like the claim that there are Bible contradictions.

I want to share in this post another resource answering Bible contradictions that has to do with Christ’s human birth.


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If you have followed this blog for sometime you might be familiar with brother Michael Coughlin since he often writes guest posts for us here when I am away overseas.  I appreciate his passion for the truth of God’s Word, him leading his family and his humor.

He is going to be sharing the Gospel for next year’s superbowl which is coming up in a few months.  The outreach will be from February 1st though Feb 4th, 2018.  It will take place at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Would you be interested in joining brother Michael in his outreach?  Click here.

This country and world needs Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Even if you cannot physically join them there are still other ways you can be involved as Michael spelled out in the link.


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Diane Stortz. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, February 2nd 2016.  224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional Bible stories book you can read to your kids?  I like this particular book because this is a children’s Bible story book based upon God’s titles found in the Word of God. There are forty chapters in the book with each covering a different title.  The subtitle for the book is “40 Reasons to Trust God” and of course God’s title reveal His character and attributes which are reasons why we can trust God.  I enjoyed reading this book to my children and also my children enjoyed it when I read it to them.  They would often ask me to keep on reading to the next chapter as part of our nightly reading routine before they go to sleep.


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The Danger of Comparison

Selected Scriptures


Establish the need: Have you recently been shackled and miserable in comparing yourself to others?

Purpose: Today we shall look at four points to help us think more biblically about comparison of others so that we would think biblically and also have the grace of God to deal with ungodly comparison.

  1. Scripture talks about the problem of comparison
  2. Beware of thinking all comparison is bad
  3. Know the kinds of comparisons that are dangerous
  4. Fight ungodly comparison biblically


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