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The Story Index of a Composite Gospel
Introduction
The Story Index of a Composite Gospel
Story Index
The Scripture Index of a Composite Gospel
Scripture Index
The first third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel I
The second third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel II
The last third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel III
The last third of a composite Gospel
Special Comparison

A Composite Gospel
Part 3

This Composite Gospel using the text from The World English Bible
(WEB)
combines the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
plus a few verses from Acts and 1 Corinthians into one text.

In addition, The King James Version (KJV) and The Updated King James
Version (UKJV)
are also used in spots. The text coming from either the
KJV or the UKJV is identified by being (enclosed in parentheses).

The actual words in this Gospel are color-coded. Each Book has its own specific color.
Matthew - Red        Luke - Green        Acts - Orange                      
Mark - Brown         John - Blue           1 Corinthians - Light Blue

Added words (usually connecting words) - Purple

Click to see the INDEX.


Part 3 of 3


145 - 156
Jesus Reenters Jerusalem


145
Christ's Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem As The Messiah

(Matt 21:1-11,14-17 Mark 11:1-11 Luke 19:29-44 John 12:12-19 )

1 When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, "Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately
as you enter into it, you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me.
31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and immediately he will send them."

6 (And) the disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them,
32 And they found things just as he had told them.
33 As they were untying the
donkey and colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the donkey and colt?"
34 (And) they said, "The Lord needs it."
So they let them go.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 "Don't be afraid Tell the daughter of Zion, behold, your King comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

12 A great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him,

8 (And) a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road.
37 And then, as he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples who went before him, and who followed began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,
9 The multitudes were shouting, "Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

41 When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,
42 saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.
43 For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side,
44 and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation."

10 When Jesus had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?"
11 The multitudes said, "This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children who were crying in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David!" they were indignant,
16
So, some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "Do you hear what these are saying?"

Jesus said to them, "Yes. Did you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have perfected praise? I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

17 He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany with the twelve, and lodged there.

16 His disciples didn't understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him.

17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying about it.
18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign.
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him."


146
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

NOTE: In this story Jesus curses a fig tree because it has no fruit. This might have been a message to the disciples about the time they were living in and the people who had rejected Christ.

See section 149, a few days later when the disciples notice that the fig tree has withered, Jesus has a few words to say about it.

In section 123 Jesus tells the parable of the barren fig tree. In this parable a fig tree is allowed time for it to produce figs. But Jesus speaks of a time when the time runs out and the fig tree is cut down and destroyed if no figs are produced. If we have no fruit, we will be cut off and thrown into the fire.

In section 165 a normal fig tree is used to help us determine when the world will end and when Jesus will come. (See all three sections, 123, 146, 149, and 165 together, side-by-side on a special page.)

(Matt 21:18-19 Mark 11:12-14 )

12/18 Now as Jesus returned to the city in the morning of the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry.
13 Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 (And) Jesus told it,
"Let there be no fruit from you forever! May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" And his disciples heard it.


147
The Second Cleansing of the Temple

NOTE: Jesus cleansed the temple twice. (See section 25 to see the first time Jesus cleansed the temple.)

(Matt 21:12-13 Mark 11:15-18 Luke 19:45-48 )

15 So they came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple of God and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold the doves.
16 He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple.

13 (And) He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations, but you have made it a den of robbers!'"

18 The chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him. For they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.

47 (And) He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.
48 They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.


148
In Jerusalem, Jesus Talks About Being Lifted Up
From the Earth to Draw All People to Him

(John 12:20-50)

20 Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.
21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."
22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus.
23 Jesus answered them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.
26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 "Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? 'Father, save me from this time?' But for this cause I came to this time.
28 Father, glorify your name!"

Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

29 The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

30 Jesus answered, "This voice hasn't come for my sake, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die.
34 The multitude answered him, "We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up?' Who is this Son of Man?"

35 Jesus therefore said to them, "Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn't overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn't know where he is going.
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.
37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn't believe in him,
38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, "Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

39 For this cause they couldn't believe, for Isaiah said again,
40 "He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them."

41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.
42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn't confess it, so that they wouldn't be put out of the synagogue,
43 for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

44 Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me.
45 He who sees me sees him who sent me.
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.
47 If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn't believe, I don't judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He who rejects me, and doesn't receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day.
49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak."


149
The Fig Tree is Withered

NOTE: See section 146, a few days earlier Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had no fruit. This might have been a message to the disciples about the time they were living in and the people who had rejected Christ.

In section 123 Jesus tells the parable of the barren fig tree. In this parable a fig tree is allowed time for it to produce figs. But Jesus speaks of a time when the time runs out and the fig tree is cut down and destroyed if no figs are produced.

In section 165 a normal fig tree is used to help us determine when the world will end and when Jesus will come. (See all three sections, 123, 146, 149, and 165 together, side-by-side on a special page.)

(Matt 21:19-22 Mark 11:19-25 Luke 21:37-38)

37 Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet.
38 All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

19 When evening came, he went out of the city

20
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. For immediately the fig tree had withered away.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away. How did the fig tree wither away so soon?"

21
So Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith in God, and don't doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it would be done.
23 For most certainly I tell you, He who may tell this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and doesn't doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says.
24
/22 Therefore I tell you, All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.
25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions.


150
The Jews Formally Challenge Jesus' Authority.
Jesus Then Asks About John's Baptism. Jesus Gives
3 Parables Concerning the Wickedness of the Jews.

(Matt 21:23-22:14 Mark 11:27-12:12 Luke 20:1-19)

23 They came again to Jerusalem, When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?"

24 Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, where was it from? Was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me."

25 They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
26 But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude,
all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
27 So, they answered Jesus, and said, "We don't know."

He also said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28
But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work today in my vineyard.'
29 He answered, 'I will not,' but afterward he changed his mind, and went.
30 He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, 'I go, sir,' but he didn't go.
31 Which of the two did the will of his father?"

They said to him, "The first."

Jesus said to them, "Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn't believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you didn't even repent afterward, that you might believe him.

33 "Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country
for a long time.
34 When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard.
35 The farmers took him, beat him, and sent him away empty.
4 Again, he sent another servant to them; and they threw stones at him, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.
5 Again he sent another; and they killed him; and many others, beating some, and killing some.
13 The lord of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.' So, he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
38 But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and seize his inheritance.'
39 So they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?"

41 They told him, "He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him the fruit in its season."

42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner
, the chief cornerstone. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?'

43 "Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit.
44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whoever it will fall, it will scatter him as dust."

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them.
19 the chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people, because they considered him to be a prophet, and the people knew He had spoken this parable against them; So they left him, and went away.

9 Then Jesus began to tell the people this parable:
2 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,
3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!"'
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise,
6 and the rest grabbed his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them.
7 When the king heard that, he was angry, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.
9 Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.'
10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn't have on wedding clothing,
12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?' He was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.'
14 For many are called, but few chosen."


151
They Tried to Trap Jesus With His Words, But Could Not

(Matt 22:15-22 Mark 12:13-17 Luke 20:20-26)

20 They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.
15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entrap him in his talk.

16 They sent their disciples to him, some of the Pharisees along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are honest, and teach the way of God in truth, no matter who you teach, for you aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God.
17 Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?"

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the tax money."

They brought to him a denarius.

20 He asked them, "Whose is this image and inscription?"

21 They said to him, "Caesar's."

Then he said to them, "Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

22 When they heard it, they marveled
and were silent. So they left him, and went away. They weren't able to trap him in his words before the people.


152
The Sadducees Ask Jesus About the Resurrection

(Matt 22:23-33 Mark 12:18-27 Luke 20:27-38)

23 On that (same) day some of the Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection, came to him. They asked him,
24 saying, "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies,
leaving a wife behind, but having no children; His brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed for his brother.'
25 Now there were with us seven brothers.
The first took a wife, and died childless.
30 The second took her as wife, and he died childless.
31 The third took her, and likewise
to the seventh. The seven all left no children, and died.
22 Last of all the woman also died.
33 "Therefore in the resurrection when they rise, whose wife of the seven will she be? For the seven had her as a wife."
29 But Jesus answered them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God."
34 "The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage."
35 But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age
in the resurrection from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are like God's angels in heaven.
36 "For they can't die any more, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
31 "But concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read in the book of Moses, that which was spoken to you by God, in the burning bush, saying,
32 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living,
for all are alive to him. You are therefore badly mistaken."
37 So, even Moses showed at the bush that the dead are raised.
33 When the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.


153
The Pharisees Ask Jesus About The Greatest Commandment

(Matt 22:34-40 Mark 12:28-34 Luke 20:39-40)

34 But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, gathered themselves together.
35 (Then)
one of the scribes, a lawyer, who heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, Said, "Teacher, you speak well."
36 Then he asked him a question, testing him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 Jesus said to him, "
"The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. and with all your strength."
38 "This is the first and great commandment.
31 " A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
40 "The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

32 The scribe said to him, "Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he,
33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."

40 They didn't dare to ask him any more questions.


154
Jesus Asks Whose Son Christ Is

(Matt 22:41-46 Mark 12:35-37 Luke 20:41-44)

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,

42 saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?"

They said to him, "Of David."

43 He said to them, "
In the book of Psalms: How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?'
45 "If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"

46 (And) no one was able to answer him a word, neither did any man dare ask him any more questions from that day forth.

37
But the common people heard him gladly.


155
Beware Of The Scribes

(Matt 23:1-39 Mark 12:38-40 Luke 20:45-47)

1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,
2 saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.
3 All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do.
Beware of the scribes,
4 For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them.
5 But all their works they do to be seen by men
who like to walk in long robes. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
6 and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,
7 the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called 'Rabbi, Rabbi' by men.
8 But don't you be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.
9 Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.
10 Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.
11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.
12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and as a pretense you make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

14 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don't enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter.
15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much of a son of Gehenna as yourselves.

16 "Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.'
17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
18 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated?'
19 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
20 He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it.
21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it.
22 He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it.

23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!

25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness.
26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also.

27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the righteous,
30 and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn't have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
31 Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets.
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of (Hell)?
34 Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city;
35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar.
36 Most certainly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation.

37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!
38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
39 For I tell you, you will not see me from now on, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"


156
The Poor Widow's Gift

(Mark 12:41-44 Luke 21:1-4)

1 Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury.
42 A poor widow came, and she cast in two small brass coins, which equal a quadrans coin.
43 He called his disciples to himself, and said to them,
"Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all those who are giving into the treasury,
44 for they all gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty
put in all that she had to live on."



157 - 171
Jesus Sits With His Disciples and Tells What Will Happen In The Future and The Last Days!


157
Not One Stone Will Be Left Standing

(Matt 24:1-2 Mark 13:1-2 Luke 21:5-6)

1 Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. "Teacher, see how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, and what kind of buildings!"
2 (And) Jesus said to them, "Do you see these great buildings? Most certainly I tell you, the days will come, in which there will not be left here one stone on another, that will not be thrown down."


158
The Signs Of Jesus' Coming and of
the Trouble of the Time of the End

(Matt 24:3-9 Mark 13:3-10 Luke 21:7-13)

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, saying, "Teacher, so when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are about to happen? Tell us, what is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?"

4 Jesus answered them, and began to tell them, "Be careful that no one leads you astray.
5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray.
'The time is at hand.' Therefore don't follow them.
9 When you hear of wars
and rumors of wars and disturbances, see that you aren't troubled. Don't be terrified for all this must happen first, but the end is not yet. The end won't come immediately."
7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and great earthquakes and troubles in various places and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
8 All these things are the beginning of birth pains.
9 But watch yourselves, for before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, and they will deliver you up to oppression, and will kill you. You will be hated by all of the nations for my name's sake. They will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues and prisons; then bringing you before kings and governors for my name's sake as a testimony to them.
13 Indeed it will turn out as a testimony for you.
10 The Good News must first be preached to all the nations.


159
Do Not Try To Meditate What You Will Say Beforehand

(Mark 13:11 Luke 21:14-15)

11 "When they lead you away and deliver you up, don't be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
14 So, settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer,
15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict.


160
You Will Be Hated And Betrayed

(Mark 13:12-13 Luke 21:16-19)

13 "You will be hated by all men for my name's sake,
16 You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
17 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake.
18 And not a hair of your head will perish.
but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.
19 By your endurance you will win your lives.


161
Endure To The End And Be Saved

(Matt 24:10-14)

10 Then many will stumble, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another."
11 "Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray.
12 Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.

14 This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."


162
Abomination Of Desolation

(Matt 24:15-22 Mark 13:14-20 Luke 21:20-24)

15 "When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, standing where it ought not (let the reader understand),
20 and when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand.
16 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein.
22 For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down (into the house), nor to take out things that are in his house.
18 Let him who is in the field not return back to get his clothes.
19 But woe to those who are with child and to nursing mothers in those days!
20 Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,
23 For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.
21 "for then there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world which God created until now, no, nor ever will be.
24 They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
22 Unless those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, those days will be shortened."


163
False Christs

(Matt 24:23-28 Mark 13:21-23 )

23 "Then if any man tells you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or, 'Look, (he is) there!' don't believe it.
24 For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
23 But you watch.

Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
26 If therefore they tell you, 'Behold, he is in the wilderness,' don't go out; 'Behold, he is in the inner rooms,' don't believe it.
27 For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
28 For wherever the carcass is, there is where the vultures gather together.


164
Signs In The Heavens

(Matt 24:29-31 Mark 13:24-27 Luke 21:25-28)

29 "But immediately after the oppression of those days,
25 There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves;
26 men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers
that are in the heavens will be shaken.

28 But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other."


165
Parable Of The Fig Tree

NOTE: In this parable Jesus talks about being able to observe the signs of the end of time. We can tell the season by looking at the fig tree. We can also tell how close we are to the end of time when Jesus is to come by the things that are happening around us in the world, which are the things Jesus said in Matt 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.

In section 146 and section 149 Jesus curses a fig tree because it has no fruit. This might have been a message to the disciples about the time they were living in and the people who had rejected Christ.

In section 123 Jesus tells the parable of the barren fig tree. In this parable a fig tree is allowed time for it to produce figs. But Jesus speaks of a time when the time runs out and the fig tree is cut down and destroyed if no figs are produced.

(See all three sections, 123, 146, 149, and 165 together, side-by-side on a special page.)

(Matt 24:32-36 Mark 13:28-32 Luke 21:29-33)

32 "Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch is already budding, and has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near.
33 Even so you also, when you see all these things
happening, know that the kingdom of God is near, even at the doors!
34 Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all these things are accomplished.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
36 But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only."


166
As In The Days Of Noah

There is another account where Jesus speaks about the very same subject. At that time Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God 134.

(See the two sections, 134, and 166 together. There is a side-by-side view and a composite view that includes both sections on a special page.)

(Matt 24:37-42 Mark 13:33 Luke 21:34-36)

37 "As the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
38 For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship,
39 and they didn't know until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left;
41 two women grinding at the mill, one will be taken and one will be left.
42 Watch therefore, for you don't know in what hour your Lord comes.
34 So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.
35 For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.
36 Therefore be watchful all the time,
keep alert, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man for you don't know when the time is."


167
If The Master Of The House Had Known

(Matt 24:43-44 )

43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come.


168
Who Is The Faithful And Wise Servant?

While the parable of the faithful and wise servant is not directly related to both the parable of the Talents 170 and the Parable of the Minas 143, there are close spiritual ties that you might want to explore.

(Matt 24:45-51 Mark 13:34-37)

34 "It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch

45 Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes.
47 Most certainly I tell you that he will set him over all that he has.
48 But if that evil servant should say in his heart, 'My lord is delaying his coming,'
49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards,
50 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he doesn't expect it, and in an hour when he doesn't know it,
51 and will cut him in pieces, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.
35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;
36 lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.
37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch."


169
The Kingdom Of God Is Like Ten Virgins

(Matt 25:1-13)

1 "Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!'
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
9 But the wise answered, saying, 'What if there isn't enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'
10 While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'
12 But he answered, 'Most certainly I tell you, I don't know you.'
13 Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."


170
The Talents

The parable of the Talents is similar to a parable of Minas Jesus told in Zacchaeous' home that Luke describes. (See the parable of the Minas in section 143) (See both section 143 and 170 together, side-by-side on a special page)

While the parable of the Talents and the parable of the Minas 143 are not directly related to the parable of the faithful and wise servant 168 there are close spiritual ties that you might want to explore.

The specific message Jesus gives in Matt 25:29 is repeated in Matt 13:12 (See Section 71) and also Mark 4:25, and Luke 8:18 (See Section 73). A somewhat similar message is found in Luke 12:48 (See Section 122).

(Matt 25:14-30)

14 "For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them.
15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.
16 Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
17 In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two.
18 But he who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19 "Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them.
20 He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.'

21 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

22 "He also who got the two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents besides them.'

23 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

24 "He also who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter.
25 I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.'

26 "But his lord answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn't sow, and gather where I didn't scatter.
27 You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest.
28 Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away.
30 Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"


171
The Sheep and the Goats

(Matt 25:31-46)

31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'

37 "Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'

40 "The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 for I was hungry, and you didn't give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you didn't take me in; naked, and you didn't clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'

44 "Then they will also answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn't help you?'

45 "Then he will answer them, saying, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn't do it to one of the least of these, you didn't do it to me.'
46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."



172 - 183
Jesus Prepares His Disciples for the Crisis Ahead


172
Again, Jesus Warns Of His Murder

(Matt 26:1-5 Mark 14:1-2 Luke 22:1-2)

1 It happened, when Jesus had finished all these words, that he said to his disciples,
2 "You know that after two days the Passover,
and the feast of unleavened bread is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas.
4 They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by deceit, and kill him.
5 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people
for they feared the people."


173
Mary Anointed Jesus' Head And Feet

(Matt 26:6-13 Mark 14:3-9 John 12:2-8)

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
2 they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.
3 Mary, therefore,
came to him having an alabaster jar of a pound of very expensive (spikenard) ointment, very precious. She broke the jar and poured it on his head as he sat at the table. She also anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, one of his disciples, who would betray him,
saw this, and was indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
5 Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?" And he grumbled against her.
6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it.

6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me.
12
She has done what she could. For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. In fact, She has kept this for the day of my burial and she has anointed my body beforehand.
8 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you don't always have me."
13 Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her."


174
Judas Betrays Jesus For 30 Pieces Of Silver

(Matt 26:14-16 Mark 14:10-11 Luke 22:3-6)

3 Then Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered with the twelve.
4 He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains about how he might deliver him to them.

11 They, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money.
15 So he said, "What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?" They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver.
6 So he consented (and) from that time he sought an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the multitude.


175
Jesus Tells Two Disciples to Prepare For The Passover

(Matt 26:17-19 Mark 14:12-16 Luke 22:7-13)

Now on the first day of unleavened bread, on which the Passover must be sacrificed, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?"

8 So, he sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."

9 They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?"

10 He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters.
11 Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you,
"My time is at hand. Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'
12 He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there."

19 So, the disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.


176
Jesus Sits Down With His Disciples

(Matt 26:20 Mark 14:17 Luke 22:14-18, 24-30)

20 Now when evening had come, he came and was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.
15 He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,
16 for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God."
17 He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves,
18 for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God comes."

24 There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest.
25 He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.'
26 But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves.
27 For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn't it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves.
28 But you are those who have continued with me in my trials.
29 I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me,
30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."


177
Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

(John 13:1-20)

1 Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and was going to God,
4 arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
5 Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"

7 Jesus answered him, "You don't know what I am doing now, but you will understand later."

8 Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet!"

Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me."

9 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"

10 Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you."
11 For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, "You are not all clean."
12 So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
13 You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am.
14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
16 Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
18 I don't speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.'
19 From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he.
20 Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."


178
The Last Supper

(Matt 26:26-29 Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:19-20 1Corinthians 11:23-26)

26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body which is broken and given for you. Do this in memory of me."

27 He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. All of you drink it,
28 for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me."
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
29 But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's Kingdom."


179
Jesus Announced That Judas Is Going To Betray Him

(Matt 26:21-25 Mark 14:18-21 Luke 22:21-23 John 13:21-30)

21 Now as they were eating, Jesus was troubled in spirit, (and said,) "Most certainly I tell you that one of you who eats with me will betray me."
21 Behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.
22 The Son of Man indeed goes,
even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born."

22 They were exceedingly sorrowful.
22 The disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom he spoke.

23 They began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus' breast.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, "Tell us who it is of whom he speaks."

25 He, leaning back, as he was, on Jesus' breast, asked him, "Lord, who is it?"

And each began to ask him, "It isn't me, is it, Lord? Surely not I?"

26 Jesus therefore answered, "He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. It is he to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

25 Judas, who betrayed him, answered, "It isn't me, is it, Rabbi?"

He said to him, "You said it."

27 After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him.

Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."

28 Now no man at the table knew why he said this to him.
29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus said to him, "Buy what things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
30 Therefore, having received that morsel, he went out immediately. It was night.


180
Jesus Warns Of His Soon Parting And Of Peters Denial

(Matt 26:31-35 Mark 14:27-31 Luke 22:31-38 John 13:31-38)

31 When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately.
33 Little children, I will be with you a little while longer. You will seek me, and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you can't come,' so now I tell you.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

36 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?"

Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you can't follow now, but you will follow afterwards."

37 Peter said to him, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."

38 Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for me?

31 Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee."

33 But Peter answered him, "Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble."

31 The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat,
32 but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers."

33 He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!"

34 Jesus said to him, "Most certainly I tell you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny that you know me three times."

31 But Peter spoke all the more, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." All of the disciples also said likewise.

35 He said to them, "When I sent you out without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did you lack anything?"

They said, "Nothing."

36 Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet. Whoever has none, let him sell his cloak, and buy a sword.
37 For I tell you that this which is written must still be fulfilled in me: 'He was counted with transgressors.'* For that which concerns me has an end."

38 They said, "Lord, behold, here are two swords."

He said to them, "That is enough."


181
Jesus Talks About His Father, Telling Them Not To Worry

(Matt 26:30 Mark 14:26 Luke 22:39 John 14)

1 "Don't let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many homes. If it weren't so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.
3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.
4 Where I go, you know, and you know the way."

5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him."

8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, 'Show us the Father?'
10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.
13 Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.
15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
16 I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever,
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world can't receive; for it doesn't see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also.
20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him."

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23 Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
24 He who doesn't love me doesn't keep my words. The word which you hear isn't mine, but the Father's who sent me.
25 I have said these things to you, while still living with you.
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
28 You heard how I told you, 'I go away, and I come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said 'I am going to my Father;' for the Father is greater than I.
29 Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you may believe.
30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives, as his custom was. His disciples also followed him.


182
Jesus Continues To Give Last Minute Advise

(John 15 & 16)

1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.
2 Every branch in me that doesn't bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can't bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me.
5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If a man doesn't remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.

8 "In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples.
9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and remain in his love.
11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.

12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn't know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
16 You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

17 "I command these things to you, that you may love one another.
18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his lord.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do to you for my name's sake, because they don't know him who sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 He who hates me, hates my Father also.
24 If I hadn't done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn't have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father.
25 But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, 'They hated me without a cause.'

26 "When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me.
27 You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
1 "These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn't be caused to stumble.
2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God.
3 They will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn't tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
6 But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don't go away, the Counselor won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
8 When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment;
9 about sin, because they don't believe in me;
10 about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won't see me any more;
11 about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.

12 "I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now.
13 However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.
14 He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you.
15 All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine, and will declare it to you.
16 A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me, (because I go to the Father)."

17 Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;' and, 'Because I go to the Father?'"
18 They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We don't know what he is saying."

19 Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?'
20 Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
21 A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn't remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world.
22 Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

23 "In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
24 Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.
25 I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father.
26 In that day you will ask in my name; and I don't say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you,
27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
28 I came out from the Father, and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father."

29 His disciples said to him, "Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech.
30 Now we know that you know all things, and don't need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth from God."

31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
32 Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world."


183
Jesus Intercedes For His Followers

(John 17)

1 Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you;
2 even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
4 I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do.
5 Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.
6 I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me are from you,
8 for the words which you have given me I have given to them, and they received them, and knew for sure that I came forth from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
9 I pray for them. I don't pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
10 All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
11 I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost, except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
13 But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, that they may have my joy made full in themselves.
14 I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth.
18 As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world.
19 For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word,
21 that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
22 The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one;
23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.
24 Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world hasn't known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me.
26 I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them."



184 - 193
Jesus is Arrested and Put on Trial


184
Jesus Suffers In the Garden of Gethsemane

(Matt 26:36-46 Mark 14:32-42 Luke 22:40-46 John 18:1)

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples over the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.
36 When he was at the place called Gethsemane, he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go there and pray."
33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled and distressed.
38 Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me." "Pray that you don't enter into temptation."
35 He went forward a little, about a stone's throw, and fell on his face, to the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.
36 He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.
My Father, if you are willing, if it is possible, Please remove this cup from me. let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire."

43 An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him.
44 Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
40 He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? What, couldn't you watch with me for one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that you don't enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

42 Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cup can't pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done."
43 He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy
, and they didn't know what to answer him.
44 He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words.
45 Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest.
It is enough. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Arise, let's be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand."


185
Jesus Is Betrayed, Arrested, And Forsaken

(Matt 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:2-11)

2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
3 Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

47 While Jesus was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priest, the scribes, and elders of the people.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went forth, and said to them, "Who are you looking for?"

5 They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth."

Jesus said to them, "I am he."

Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
6 When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground.

7 Again therefore he asked them, "Who are you looking for?"

They said, "Jesus of Nazareth."

8 Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,"
9 that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, "Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none."
48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him, and lead him away safely."
49 Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

50 Jesus said to him, "
Judas, why are you here? Do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
49 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"

51 Behold, Simon Peter, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and struck off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword.
53 Or do you think that I couldn't ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?"
11 shall I not surely drink (the cup which my Father has given me)?
51 But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this" and he touched his ear, and healed him.

52 Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders, who had come against him,
"Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and you didn't arrest me.
53 But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
56 And all this has happened, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled."

Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

51 A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself, over his naked body. The young men grabbed him,
52 but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.


186
Annas Exams Jesus

(John 18:12-14, 19-24)

12 So the detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and bound him,
13 and led him to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people.
19 The high priest therefore asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his teaching.
20 Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret.
21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, these know the things which I said."

22 When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying, "Do you answer the high priest like that?"

23 Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?"

24 Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.


187
Jesus is Condemned By Caiaphas

(Matt 26:57-68 Mark 14:53-65 Luke 22:54,63-65 John 18:15)

57 Those who had taken Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
58 But
Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple, from a distance, to the court of the high priest, and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, the elders, and the whole council sought false testimony against Jesus, that they might put him to death;
60 and they found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward,
61 and said,
"We heard this man say, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.'"

59 Even so, their testimony did not agree.

62 The high priest stood up, and said to him, "Have you no answer? What is this that these testify against you?"
63 But Jesus held his peace
and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, "I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God. The Son of the Blessed?"

64 Jesus said to him, "You have said it. I am. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the sky."

65 Then the high priest tore his clothing, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy.
66 What do you think?"

They answered, "He is worthy of death!"
67 Then they spit in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him,

64 Having blindfolded him to cover his face, they struck him on the face and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?"
65 They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.


188
Peter Denies Jesus Three Times

(Matt 26:58,69-75 Mark 14:54,66-72 Luke 22:54-62 John 18:15-18,25-27)

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus at a distance, as did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest;
16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter.
17 Then the
servant girl of the high priest who kept the door looked intently at him, and said to Peter, "You were also with Jesus, the Galilean! Are you also one of this man's disciples?"

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I am not. I don't know what you are talking about." (And) he went out on the porch, and the rooster crowed.

18 Now the servants and the officers (stood) and then sat down together, having made a fire of coals, in the middle of the courtyard, for it was cold. They were warming themselves.

25 Now Simon Peter (stood)
and later sat among them and warmed himself. Therefore, a certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, and said, "You aren't also one of his disciples, are you?" "This is one of them."

72 Again he denied it with an oath, and said, "I am not. Woman, I don't know the man."

26 After about one hour passed, One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, confidently affirmed, "Didn't I see you in the garden with him? Surely you are also one of them, for your speech makes you known for you are a Galilean!"

74 Then Peter began to curse and to swear, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about! I don't know the man!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
61 The Lord turned, and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered
the word which Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice you will deny me three times."
62 He went out, and wept bitterly.


189
In The Morning, Jesus Is Officially Condemned By The Sanhedrin

(Matt 27:1-2 Mark 15:1 Luke 22:66-71,23:1 )

66 As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: So they led him away into their council, saying,
67 "If you are the Christ, tell us."

But he said to them, "If I tell you, you won't believe,
68 and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go.
69 From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

70 They all said, "Are you then the Son of God?"

He said to them, "You say it, because I am."

71 They said, "Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!"

2 The whole company of them rose up and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor.


190
Judas Kills Himself

(Matt 27:3-10 Acts 1:18-19 )

3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, felt remorse, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 saying, "I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood."

But they said, "What is that to us? You see to it."

5 He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He went away and hanged himself.

6 The chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, "It's not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood."
7 They took counsel, and bought the potter's field with them, to bury strangers in.

18 Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out.
19 It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called 'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood'
to this day.
9 Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him upon whom a price had been set, whom some of the children of Israel priced,
10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."


191
Pilate Sees Jesus The First Time

(Matt 27:2,11-14 Mark 15:1-5 Luke 23:1-5 John 18:28-38)

28 They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, to deliver him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor. It was early, and they themselves didn't enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
29 Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?"

30 They answered him, "If this man weren't an evildoer, we wouldn't have delivered him up to you."

31 Pilate therefore said to them, "Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law."

Therefore the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,"
32 that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

2 They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king."

33 Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus,
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, "Are you the King of the Jews?"

Jesus said to him, "So you say."

34 Then Jesus answered him, "Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?"

35 Pilate answered, "I'm not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?"

36 Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn't be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here."

37 Pilate therefore said to him, "Are you a king then?"

Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."

38 Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews,
the chief priests and the multitudes, and said to them, "I find no basis for a charge against him.

3 The chief priests and elders accused him of many things, (but he answered nothing).

13 Then Pilate said to him, "Have you no answer? Don't you hear how many things they testify against you?"

But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate the governor marveled greatly.

5 But they insisted, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place."


192
Herod Sees Jesus

(Luke 23:6-12 )

6 But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean.
7 When he found out that he was in Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.

8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him.
9 He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers.
10 The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.
11 Herod with his soldiers humiliated him and mocked him. Dressing him in luxurious clothing, they sent him back to Pilate.
12 Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.


193
Pilate Sees Jesus The Second Time

(Matt 27:15-26 Mark 15:6-15 Luke 23:13-25 John 18:39-19:16)

13 Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
14 and said to them, "You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and see, I have examined him before you, and found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him.
15 Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him.
16 I will therefore chastise him and release him."

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired.
7 There was a (notorious) prisoner, called Barabbas.
40 Now Barabbas was a robber.
19 One who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder. He was actually bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.

8 So, the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them.

17 When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said to them,"Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"

"Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?"

18 For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."

17 Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast. So he said:
39 You have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"

20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 But the governor answered them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?"

40 Then they all shouted again, saying, "Not this man, Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!"

22 Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do to Jesus, whom you call Christ, the King of the Jews?" They all said to him, "Let him be crucified! Crucify him!"

1 So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him.
2 The soldiers twisted thorns into a crown, and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple garment.
3 They kept saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and they kept slapping him.

4 Then Pilate went out again, and said to them, "Behold, I bring him out to you, that you may know that I find no basis for a charge against him."

5 Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.

Pilate said to them, "Behold, the man!"

6 When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw him, they shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify!"

Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves, and crucify him, for I find no basis for a charge against him."

20 Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus
21 but they shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!"

22 He said to them the third time, "Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him."

7 The Jews cried out exceedingly, saying, "Let him be crucified!" "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."

8 When therefore Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid.
9 He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Pilate therefore said to him, "Aren't you speaking to me? Don't you know that I have power to release you, and have power to crucify you?"

11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin."

12 At this, Pilate was seeking to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying, "If you release this man, you aren't Caesar's friend! Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!"

13 When Pilate therefore heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called "The Pavement," but in Hebrew, "Gabbatha."
14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, at about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!"

23 But they were urgent with loud voices, They cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed.

15 Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?"

The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!"

24 So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it."

25 All the people answered, "May his blood be on us, and on our children!"

24 So then, wishing to please the multitude, Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done.
25 He released
to them Barabbas, who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will. Jesus was flogged and delivered to be crucified.

So they took Jesus and led him away.



194 - 200
Jesus is Hung on the Cross


194
The Roman Soldiers Mock Jesus

(Matt 27:27-31 Mark 15:16-20)

27 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the (hall), within the court, which is the Praetorium, and gathered the whole garrison together against him.
28 They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.
29 They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head
, and bowing their knees, they (worshipped him).
31 When they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off of him, and put his clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.


195
Jesus Is Led To The Cross

(Matt 27:32-34 Mark 15:20-23 Luke 23:26-33 John 19:17)

32 He went out, bearing his cross, but as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene who was passing by, coming from the country. He was Simon by name, the father of Alexander and Rufus, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross after Jesus.

27 A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him.
28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29 For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'
30 Then they will begin to tell the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and tell the hills, 'Cover us.'
31 For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?"

32 There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death.

33 They came to a place called (Calvary), which is called in Hebrew, "Golgotha," that is to say, "The place of a skull."
34 They gave him sour wine to drink mixed with gall
or myrrh. When he had tasted it, he would not drink.


196
From 9:00 AM to Noon, Jesus Hangs On The Cross

(Matt 27:35-44 Mark 15:24-32 Luke 23:32-43 John 19:18-27)

25 It was the third hour, and they crucified him.

38 There were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left, and Jesus in the middle.
28 So the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, "He was numbered with transgressors."
34 And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing."

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also the coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 Then they said to one another, "Let's not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it will be," that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
which was spoken by the prophet, which says,

"They parted my garments among them. For my cloak they cast lots."

Therefore the soldiers did these things
and they sat and watched him there.

19 Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross up over his head. And this was the accusation written against him, "THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS."
20 Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
21 The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'he said, I am King of the Jews.'"

22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

35 The people stood watching.

39 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads,
40 and saying,
"Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"

41 Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders, said,
42 "He saved others, but he can't save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, 'I am the Son of God.
He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!"

36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar,
37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"

44 The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach and insulted him.

39 One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!"

40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."
42 He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom."

43 Jesus said to him, "Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

25 (Now) there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!"
27 Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.


197
From Noon To 3:00 PM, The Last Three Hours Of Darkness
When Jesus Hangs on The Cross and Dies

(Matt 27:45-50 Mark 15:33-37 Luke 23:44,46 John 19:28-30)

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "El
oi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is interpreted as, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

47 Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said, "This man is calling Elijah."

28 After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty."
29 Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there; so
immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed of hyssop, and gave him a drink by holding it to his mouth.

49 The rest said, "Let him be. Let's see whether Elijah comes to save and take him down."

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, Jesus cried again with a loud voice, saying: "It is finished."

46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Having said this, He bowed his head, yielded up his spirit, and breathed his last breath.


198
The Response Of Both God And Man To His Death

(Matt 27:51-56 Mark 15:38-41 Luke 23:45,47-49 )

51 Behold, the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw
that he cried out like this and breathed his last, and when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, they feared exceedingly and glorified God, saying, "Truly this man was the Son of God. Certainly this was a righteous man."

48 Then all the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts.

49
But all his acquaintances, and the many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, who had followed him and served him when he was in Galilee; They stood at a distance, watching these things.
56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the less, and Joses, and Salome, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.


199
Jesus Is Buried In Joseph of Arimathea's Tomb

NOTE: Early in Christ' ministry, Nicodemus had talked to Jesus one night. (See section 26.)

(Matt 27:57-60 Mark 15:42-46 Luke 23:50-54 John 19:31-42 )

31 Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn't remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him;
33 but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they didn't break his legs.
34 However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
35 He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe.
36 For these things happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "A bone of him will not be broken."
37 Again another Scripture says, "They will look on him whom they pierced."

57 (There came) a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, a prominent council member who was a good and righteous man. He himself was also a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews; He was looking and waiting for the Kingdom of God
51 He had not consented to their counsel and deed.
52 This man
boldly went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body.

44 Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long.
45 When he found out from the centurion,
Pilate commanded the body to be given up to Joseph.
46
Joseph bought a linen cloth, and took him down,

39 Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds.
40 So they took Jesus' body, and bound it in (strips)
of clean linen cloth with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb in which no man had ever yet been laid.
42 Then because of the Jews' Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Jesus there, and the Sabbath was drawing near.
60 So, they laid Him in Joseph's own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and they rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.


200
The Women Watch By The Tomb
The Priests and Pharisees Secure The Tomb

(Matt 27:61-66 Mark 15:47 Luke 23:55-56 )

55 The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid.
61 Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, Mary the mother of Joses, sitting opposite the tomb.

56 They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

62 Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate,
63 saying, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise again.'
64 Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, 'He is risen from the dead;' and the last deception will be worse than the first."

65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can."
66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.



201 - 209
Christ's Followers Find Out That Jesus Rose From the Dead


201
The Women Come To Anoint Jesus But an Angel Of The Lord Rolls Back The Stone

(Matt 28:1-4 Mark 16:1 )

1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come to see the tomb and anoint him.

2 Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it.
3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.
4 For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.


202
The Women Get To The Tomb But The Tomb is Empty

(Matt 28:5-8 Mark 16:2-8 Luke 24:1-8 John 20:1)

1 Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.
1 But when the sun had risen they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
3 They were saying among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"
4 for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.
3 They entered in, and didn't find the Lord Jesus' body.
4 It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing.
5 Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed.
5 Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth.

They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
5 "Don't be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.
6 He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.
6 He isn't here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee,
7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?"

8 They remembered his words,
7 Go quickly and tell his disciples, and Peter, 'He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you."

8 They departed quickly
and fled from the tomb with fear and great joy, for trembling and astonishment had come on them
8 They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid but they ran to bring his disciples word.


203
The Women Tell The Disciples What They Saw

(Luke 24:9-12 John 20:2-10)

2 Therefore Mary Magdalene ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have laid him!"

9 The rest of the women returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles.
11 These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't believe them.

3 Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out, and they went toward the tomb.
4 They both ran together. The other disciple outran Peter, and came to the tomb first.
5 Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he didn't enter in.
6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying,
7 and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
8 So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also entered in, and he saw and believed.
9 For as yet they didn't know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes,
wondering what had happened.


204
Jesus Appears Before Mary Magdalene

(Mark 16:9-11 John 20:11-18)

9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

11 But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb,
12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 They told her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"

She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have laid him."
14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?"

She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned and said to him, "Rabboni!" which is to say, "Teacher!"

17 Jesus said to her, "Don't hold me, for I haven't yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples,
those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.

11 When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved.


205
Jesus Appears Before The Other Women

(Matt 28:9-10)

9 As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!"

They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

10 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. Go tell my brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me."


206
The Guard Report To the Jews

(Matt 28:11-15)

11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened.
12 When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers,
13 saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 If this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry."
15 So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.


207
The Road to Emmaus with Jesus

(Mark 16:12-13 Luke 24:13-35 1Corinthians 15:5)

12 After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country.
13 Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia from Jerusalem.
14 They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened.
15 It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17 He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?"

18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things which have happened there in these days?"

19 He said to them, "What things?"

They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people;
20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
22 Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb;
23 and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn't see him."

25 He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?"
27 Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.

29 They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over."

He went in to stay with them.
30 It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them.
31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight.
32 They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
33 They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
34 saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon
or Cephas!"
35 They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
13 They didn't believe them, either.


208
Jesus Appears To Most Of the Disciples Except Thomas Who Did Not Believe

(Mark 16:14 Luke 24:36-43 John 20:19-25 )

19 Now, as they said these things, When it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews,
36 Jesus himself came and stood among them, the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he said to them, "Peace be to you."

37 But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

14 and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn't believe those who had seen him after he had risen

38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39
he showed them his hands and his side: See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have."
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41 While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"

42 They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
43 He took them, and ate in front of them.

20 The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."
22 When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit!
23 Whoever's sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever's sins you retain, they have been retained."

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, wasn't with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord!"

But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."


209
Jesus Comes To Convince Thomas

(John 20:26-31 1Corinthians 15:5)

26 After eight days again his disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace be to you." Thus, he appeared to the twelve.
27 Then he said to Thomas, "Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don't be unbelieving, but believing."

28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed."

30 Therefore Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book;
31 but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.



210 - 213
Jesus Comforts and Instructs His Followers. He Gives Them the Gospel Commission


210
Jesus Appears To Some Of His Disciples At The Sea Of Galilee

(John 21:1-25 )

1 After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way.
2 Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.
3 Simon Peter said to them, "I'm going fishing."

They told him, "We are also coming with you." They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing.
4 But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples didn't know that it was Jesus.
5 Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, have you anything to eat?"

They answered him, "No."

6 He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some."

They cast it therefore, and now they weren't able to draw it in for the multitude of fish.
7 That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!"

So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around him (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea.
8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away), dragging the net full of fish.
9 So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught."

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fish, one hundred fifty-three; and even though there were so many, the net wasn't torn.

12 Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast."

None of the disciples dared inquire of him, "Who are you?" knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise.
14 This is now the third time that Jesus was revealed to his disciples, after he had risen from the dead.
15 So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?"

He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you."

He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?"

He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you."

He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?"

Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time, "Do you have affection for me?" He said to him, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you."

Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
18 Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you don't want to go."

19 Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."

20 Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus sincerely loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus' breast at the supper and asked, "Lord, who is going to betray You?"
21 Peter seeing him, said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?"

22 Jesus said to him, "If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me."
23 This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple wouldn't die. Yet Jesus didn't say to him that he wouldn't die, but, "If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you?"
24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his witness is true.
25 There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they would all be written, I suppose that even the world itself wouldn't have room for the books that would be written.


211
On a Montain, 500 Saw Jesus

(Matt 28:16-20 Mark 16:15-18 1Corinthians 15:6)

16 (Then) the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them.
6 And he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep.
17 When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted.
18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go
into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. And make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.
17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
20 Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.


212
Jesus First Saw James, Then He Spoke To the Rest Of His Disciples

(Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-8; 1Corinthians 15:7 )

7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
3 To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom.
44 He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled."

45 Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.
46 He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you.
So, he commanded them, "Don't depart from Jerusalem, but wait in the city until you are clothed with power from the promise of the Father on high, which you heard from me."
5 For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?"

7 He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."


213
The Last Appearance To The Disciples Jesus Is Carried Up Into Heaven

(Mark 16:19 Luke 24:50-51 Acts 1:9-11 )

50 He led them out as far as Bethany, and after he had spoken to them, he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 It happened, while he blessed them,
and as they were looking, that he withdrew from them. He was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And so, he was carried up into heaven.

19 So then the Lord was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

10 While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing,
11 who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky."



214 - 218
Pentecost And The Beginning of The Church


214
The Disciples Return to Jerusalem and Enter the Upper Room

NOTE: These are the remaining 11 apostles with the other disciples. (See section 46 to see the original list of apostles when Jesus chose His twelve apostles.)

(Luke 24:52 Acts 1:12-14 )

52 So, they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
12 Returning to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, is a Sabbath day's journey away.
13 When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
14 All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.


215
The Disciples Elect a New 12th Apostle

(Acts 1:15-26 )

15 In these days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty), and said,
16 "Brothers, it was necessary that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to those who took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and received his portion in this ministry.
18 Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out.
19 It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called 'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood.'
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms,

'Let his habitation be made desolate. Let no one dwell therein;'
and, 'Let another take his office.'

21 "Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 beginning from the baptism of John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection."

23 They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen
25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place."
26 They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


216
Pentecost

(Acts 2:1-13 )

1 Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.
4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky.
6 When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language.
7 They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans?
8 How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,
10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"
12 They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?"
13 Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine."


217
Peter Spoke

(Acts 2:14-40 )

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
15 For these aren't drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day.
16 But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 'It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.
18 Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days, I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21 It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

22 "Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know,
23 him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed;
24 whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
25 For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
28 You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence.'

29 "Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31 he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.
32 This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear.
34 For David didn't ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand,
35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'

36 "Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself."
40 With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!"


218
They Went out Preaching Everywhere

(Mark 16:20 Luke 24:53 Acts 2:41-47 )

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 They continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.
43 Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 All who believed were together, and had all things in common.
45 They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need.
46 Day by day, they were continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, praising and blessing God. And breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

20 They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen and Amen.


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