To begin His earthly ministry, Jesus traveled from Nazareth to the southern part of the Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. He was tempted in the nearby wilderness by Satan. According to Johnâ€™s Gospel, Peter, Andrew, James, John, Phillip and Nathaniel were called to discipleship at the time of His baptism, and traveled north with Him to the wedding in Cana where He turned water into wine as His first miracle.
Jesus lived in Capernaum during His early ministry, which focused on the northern region of Galilee and Samaria.Didnâ€™ Read the rest of this entry »
In the time of Jesus, family structure began to simplify. Family was, as in the Old Testament times, the corner stone of society. As villages and towns began to form, the tribe mentality of Abraham and Isaac became less common. Since the Jewish people were a captive people, family was the glue that held them together.
The corner of the family was God. Worship and law were the basis of every action. Beneath God, the oldest male, typically the father or, after his death, the oldest son, ruled Read the rest of this entry »
Carpentry isn’t a new concept, it has been around for thousands of years. In fact, carpentry has been such an important occupation for human beings that even Jesus Christ was a carpenter. Though some tools used in ancient times aren’t necessary anymore, there are plenty that we use to this day. Here are some of the tools that you may recognize and some that may not seem some so familiar.
First of all, these tools are tools that are still used today. When you think of tools such as the Read the rest of this entry »
Modern scholars recognize that the Gospels were written decades or longer after the life of Jesus, developed as oral traditions before being written down. This makes sense, as Jesus himself was an oral presenter, not a writer; many of his narratives, particularly the parables, are excellent for remembering easily and reciting before a crowd. Living in a Jewish culture before the Talmud was put to writing, Jesus would not have seemed out of place.
How historically accurate these oral traditions are is debatable. Originally the assumption was that the traditions could change widely before being written down, and Read the rest of this entry »
Jesus asked rhetorical questions of his followers in many of his teachings. He used Chreia traditions to encourage them to think about how the Holy Spirit could work through them if they put their trust in God, instead of attempting to solve their problems themselves. When they put their trust in Jesus, they could feel the power of the Holy Spirit working through them.
Jesus often lllustrated his teachings based on his audience. He used imagery and left the people Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of things debated about Jesus Christ and there’s no shortage of historical films and documentaries on direct tv to prove it. We take a quick look at some of the most talked about aspects of Jesus’s life and what they mean today.
Was Jesus White?: Perhaps one of the biggest questions circulating around Christ in the past 20 years is about Read the rest of this entry »
According to scripture, below are the clothes Jesus wore.
Jesus wore a seamless, woven tunic (lose fitting robe) that was one piece as stated in “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.” John 19:23. It was either wool or linen, not woven together as stated in scripture, “Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.” Deuteronomy 22:11
Jesus wore a cloak as stated in scripture, “If I only touch Read the rest of this entry »
Messianic Judaism is not a new concept, only a more recent title for an older set of beliefs and its proponents. Since the 1960s there has been major growth in the movement of Jews who consider themselves Messianic, or believers in Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name). Prior to this era, the term Hebrew Christian was a more common one for members of this religious group.
In actuality Jewish Believers or Messianic Jews have been around in some number since the actual time of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »
“And He said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” (Luke 20:25; KJV)
Although this is Jesus’ famous reply when asked if it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to their Roman conquerors, the Jews did not follow this advice. Ever since the Romans invaded Israel in 63 AD, the Jews constantly tried to overthrow their conquerors. They never succeeded.
The first revolt, called now the Great Revolt lasted from 66 to 73 AD. Zealots rallied the Jewish people after the Roman procurator Florus stole silver directly Read the rest of this entry »
Here is a brief description of some units of measure in the New Testament:
Cubits, as described in both the Old and New Testaments, refers to distance. Remember Moses building the Arc in the Old testament? Or perhaps in the book of Revelation 21:17 where heaven is described as a cube with this unit of measure. A cubit is approximately 17-21 inches, or about the length from your elbow to your middle finger.
A farthing, as used in Matthew 5:26, is described as a penny, but it doesn’t mean Read the rest of this entry »