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Matthew 23:1-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Prominence and Humility

Matthew 23:1-12 – Prominence and Humility

|| Mark 12:38, 39; Luke 20:45, 46

MT23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds as well as his disciples, saying: MT23:2 “The Scribes and Pharisees sat down on the seat of Moses.[1] MT23:3 So, everything they preach to you, do and observe;[2] but do not imitate their actions,[3] for they do not practice what they preach.[4] MT23:4 They tie on heavy burdens[5] and impose these on the shoulders of humankind while they are unwilling to budge [these loads] with a single finger.[6] MT23:5 All their [religious] works they do to be viewed by humans.[7] They broaden their phylacteries[8] and they enlarge the fringes of their garments.[9] MT23:6 They prefer the prominent place at suppers[10] and the front seats in the synagogues.[11] MT23:7 [They enjoy] greetings in the market square[12] and to be called ‘Rabbi’[13] by people. MT23:8 But, you [disciples] should not be addressed as ‘Rabbi’ for only One is your teacher.[14] All of you [disciples] are brothers.[15] MT23:9 Nor should [you disciples permit others] on earth to address you as ‘Father’[16] for One is your Father – the Heavenly One. MT23:10 Nor should you disciples be addressed as ‘Leaders’[17] because your Leader is only the Messiah. MT23:11 But the ‘greatest’ among you will be your servant. MT23:12 For whoever will exalt self will be humiliated;[18] and whoever humbles self will be exalted.


[1] Sat down on the seat of Moses: Or, KNX: the place from which Moses used to teach; TCNT: now occupy the chair of Moses; PME: speak with the authority of Moses. Compare Exodus 18:13.

[2] Do and observe: Or, RSV: so practice and observe whatever they tell you. Jesus does not undermine their teaching of the Law of Moses.

[3] Do not imitate their actions: Or, BER: do not behave as they do; TCNT: do not follow their example.

[4] They do not practice what they preach: Or, KJV: they say, and do not; RSV: they preach, but do not practice; KNX: for they tell you one thing and do another.

[5] They tie on heavy burdens: Or, KJV: they bind heavy burdens; KNX: they fasten up packs too heavy; PME: they pile up back-breaking burdens.

[6] They are unwilling to budge [these loads] with a single finger: Or, TCNT: they decline themselves to lift a finger to move them.

[7] To be viewed by humans: Or, NEB: whatever they do is done for show.

[8] They broaden their phylacteries: The Greek is PHYLACTERIA. The Jewish Encyclopedia (1976, Vol. X, p. 21) states: “The laws governing the wearing of phylacteries were derived by the Rabbis from four Biblical passages (Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18; Exodus 13:9). While these passages were interpreted literally by most commentators,… the Rabbis held that the general law only was expressed in the Bible, the application and elaboration of it being entirely matters of tradition and inference.” These were small boxes containing Bible verses strapped around the forehead and wrist. These Jewish clergy made them large for show of their extreme religiosity. Or, KNX: boldly written are the texts they carry; GDSP: they wear wide Scripture texts as charms; TAY: they act holy by wearing on their arms large prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside.

[9] They enlarge the fringes of their garments: See Numbers 15:38; Deuteronomy 22:12. Or, KNX: deep is the hem of their garments; GDSP: they wear large tassels; TAY: by lengthening the memorial fringes of their robes.

[10] They prefer the prominent place at suppers: Or, KJV: they love the uppermost rooms at feasts; RHM: the first couch in the chief meals; RSV: place of honor; RIEU: the best places at banquets; PME: seats of honor at dinner parties. Compare the counsel of the Nazarene at Luke 14:7, 10.

[11] The front seats in the synagogues: Note this was still a problem among Christians (James 2:2-4).

[12] [They enjoy] greetings in the market square: Or, NASB: respectful greetings; WMS: to be greeting with honor in public places. We can see these self-righteous, condescending clergy bestowing their weak smiles and blessings upon those who raise their voices in praise.

[13] Rabbi: The term occurs 18 times in three Gospels and is absent from the Gospel of Luke. The title is a surrogate for “teacher.” (John 1:38) In time the title was elevated to “my great one; my excellent one.” Research the word Rabbi.

[14] Only One is your teacher: While all Christians should be teachers (Hebrews 5:12; Titus 2:3), and while there are among them those recognized as “teachers” (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; James 3:1-3) the entire Body of Christ understands who the real Teacher is: Jesus of Nazareth.

[15] Brothers: Jesus speaks to his male disciples. See notes on Matthew 12:50. Despite gifts and offices the general atmosphere in the church must be a brotherhood.

[16] Address you as ‘Father’: Unfortunately later in the history of the Church clergy accepted the title “Father” despite the command of their Lord. They will have to bear this responsibility. Often it is a matter of a teacher or leader refusing certain titles. Job 32:21 declares, “And on an earthling man I shall not bestow a title.” (NWT)

[17] Leaders: Or, KJV: neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master. In Spanish such a man is called Maestro and this is not fitting for a shepherd of the flock. There is a different between a “Leader” and one who takes the lead. Compare Hebrews 13:7, 17.

[18] Whoever will exalt self will be humiliated: Or, KJV: whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased.



Matthew 22:41-46 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Asks a Trump Question

Matthew 23 – A Jeremiad against the religious hypocrites


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By Whose authority did that Nazarene rebbe speak and did he such incredible things

“Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him.

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked.

“And who gave you this authority?”” (Mt 21:23 NIV)

In the previous chapters written by Matthew we came to see a Jesus who was in everything like other people around him, except for his goodness and certain miraculous things he could do. He was hungry and needed sleep like any other of us. He also wanted some quietness of some time for himself.

Many were amazed about the strange things that Jesus could do. Many wondered how it was possible that this man could do such special things. Some found it also strange that this man dared to pose certain questions  and speak against the people in charge of the temple, though he was not a priest.
He was making great changes in the affairs of the temple, and the priests claimed the right to know why this was done, contrary to their permission. He was not a priest; he had no civil or ecclesiastical authority as a Jew. It was sufficient authority indeed, that he came as a prophet, and worked miracles. But they professed not to be satisfied with that.

Never did Jesus claim to speak or act in his own name. He told the people around him that the doctrine he preached was not his doctrine, but the one of his heavenly Father, Who is the Only One True God. though at certain times this teacher dared to warn those around him that they had to listen to his words and should act on them because otherwise they would be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. (Matthew 7:26)

“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” (Mt 7:26 NIV)

“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”” (Lu 6:49 NIV)

Also today we can hear those words from Jesus, by the delivered stories of the gospel-writers. They clearly wrote down the words of Jesus so that people after them also could get to know them. By those writings we also can come to see what wonderful things Jesus not only said but also did.

The question the religious leaders asked was relevant both to the cleansing of the Temple (vv. 12-14;’are you doing’) and to his teaching in the Temple (’ while he was teaching’). The double form of the question is typically Jewish. {cf. Mr 12:14 13:4 Ac 4:7 } The two questions are certainly interrelated but not identical.

The first questions the quality of Jesus’ authority:

is it that of a scribe, or a prophet, or is it something else again?

The second question concerns the source of Jesus’ authority.

The authority to instruct on one’s own account could only be given to a rabbi by the laying on of hands (SB, II, 647-649). The deputation’s question was especially suitable as the starting-point for a lawsuit against him.

Any Jew was allowed to talk publicly about religious questions (as in our social meetings), but if he proposed to be a regular teacher (Rabbi), than he had to be authorized by a rebbe or an other high rabbi or by the Sanhedrin. Lots of people told about this man who was going from one place to an other, always teachings and as such it could be considered that he was making it not only his occupation to teach, but he was also working miracles, cleansing the temple as if a prophet, and apparently justifying his followers in greeting him as the Messiah.

Jesus had no intention to becoming a worldly ruler at that time, getting rid of the Romans, though many thought he was the promised one who would liberate them from those Roman occupiers. By this time Jesus had become very well aware of his task, being a speaker for God, even when that required to put himself aside.

The spiritual leaders of the land did not like this man who was telling so many things and doing so many things which got people away from their teachings and seemed to undermine their position. But many where convinced that he spoke with authority.

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (Mr 1:22 NIV)

“All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”” (Lu 4:36 NIV)

Because Jesus came to see that many thought it would be from himself that he was saying and doing those things, he told them that he could do nothing without his heavenly Father.

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (Joh 5:19 NIV)

According to Jesus the problem was that many did not know the God, like we can see also today.  At that time there was probably not one person who had taken Jesus as their god, though today many have done so and do not see how Jesus was the sent one from God, Who is much greater than Jesus. Therefore many of those persons do not see and are blind for the word because they prefer to keep to human doctrines instead of the words of God and the words of Christ.

“Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.” (Joh 7:16 NIV)

“Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.” (Joh 8:42 NIV)

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (Joh 14:28 NIV)

Jesus told everybody it was by him they could come to see and to understand, him being the way to God, (and not to himself) and therefore he was going to suffer.

“But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognise him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”” (Mt 17:12 NIV)

“5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.” (Joh 14:5-6 NIV)

It is by Jesus we can come to know the truth and find the way to the small gate.

“13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Mt 7:13-14 NIV)

“7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. {Or kept safe } He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (Joh 10:7-9 NIV)

The spiritual leaders of that time where afraid this Nazarene would come to be favoured more by the people and would take their place as a reformer.

Jesus dispatched them with speed, as if he had been loath to have been taken with his task undone.

Jesus was not willing to have a high position prepared by men, nor to be crowned by the multitude, there being only too good reason, him being sent by his heavenly Father. Their ideas of royalty were entirely different from his. Had he allowed himself to be borne on the tide of popular favour to royal honours, His kingdom would have been thereby marked as “of this world,” it would have been stamped as something very different from the kingdom of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost” he had come to establish.

Had he been a mere enthusiast, he would have undoubtedly have yielded to such a tidal wave of public excitement; but his unerring wisdom taught him that he must reach the throne by another path than that of popular favour. Rather must it be through popular rejection — through the dark portals of despite and death; and for that, his hour had not then come.

So many years later we should see by Whose authority Jesus said and and all those things. Everything he did and said was done because God allowed him to do that and gave him power to do so. today still a lot of Christians too, like the Pharisees, do not believe Jesus acted as a sent one from God. Many christians have taken Jesus into their god and do not see how he should be their way to God.

Do you think Jesus is God, or do you accept Jesus as the sent one from God, who was authorised by God?



Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men

Matthew 7:13-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #5 Matthew 7:28-29 – The Crowd’s Reaction

Matthew 9:1-8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Messiah Forgives Sins and Heals Paralytic

Matthew 9:32-34 – How others look at the blind, speechless and demoniac being healed

Matthew 13 – Parables on Kingdom mysteries

Matthew 21:1-3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Sent Ahead for a Donkey

Matthew 21:4-5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Your King Is Coming upon a Donkey

Matthew 21:6-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Blessed the One Coming in God’s Name!

Matthew 21:10-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Who Is This?

Matthew 21:12-14 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Temple Cleansed

Matthew 21:12-14 – From a den of thieves to a house of prayer

Matthew 21:15-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Out of the Mouth of Babes

Matthew 21:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: A Cursed Fig Tree a Lesson in Faith

Matthew 21:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Question of Authority

Matthew 21:10-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Who Is This?

Matthew 21:10-11 Who Is This? – a Question still posed today #1

Matthew 21:10-11 Who Is This? – a Question still posed today #2

More than just a man with authority of speaking



Additional reading

  1. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #8 Looking for the 2nd Adam
  2. A god who gave his people commandments and laws he knew they never could keep to it
  3. Americans their stars, pretension, God, Allah and end of times signs #2 War on God’s Plan, Name and title
  4. The meek one riding on an ass
  5. Infinite payment of sin by the son of God
  6. The son of man given authority by God
  7. Authority given to him To give eternal life
  8. Blindness in the Christian world
  9. Memorizing wonderfully 52 Acts 7:56: the Son of man standing on the right hand of God
  10. Priest, scribes and others with authority



  1. the Authority of Jesus questioned
  2. Luke – Chapter 20
  3. Words of Life ~ Author(ity)
  4. His U
  5. A King & a Kingdom
  6. Authority of Jesus — It is Questioned

Matthew 19:16-24 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Difficulty of Rich Entering the Kingdom

Matthew 19:16-24 – Difficulty of Rich Entering the Kingdom

|| Mark 10:17-25; Luke 18:18-25

MT19:16 And, look! a [young] person[1] approached Jesus, asking, “Teacher, what good shall I do[2] so that I might have everlasting life?”[3] MT19:17 Jesus told him, “Why do you ask me about some ‘good’?[4] [Only] One is ‘good’.[5] But if you wish to enter Life,[6] observe the commandments.”[7] MT19:18 This person answered, “Which [commandments]?” Jesus responded: “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false testimony,’ MT19:19 ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Exodus 20:13-16] MT19:20 The young man told Jesus, “I have guarded myself regarding all of these.[8] What more am I lacking?”[9] MT19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish perfection[10] leave and sell your belongings[11] and give to the poor[12] – then you will have treasure in heaven – and [then] come be my follower.”[13] MT19:22 But having heard this statement the young man departed very depressed,[14] for he had many possessions.[15] MT19:23 Now Jesus told his disciples, “I tell you this truth: Rich people will only enter the Realm of Heaven with great difficulty.[16] MT19:24 In addition I tell you this: It is easier for a camel to enter through a needle’s eye[17] than for rich people to enter the Realm of Heaven.”


[1] A [young] person: Revealed in verse 20.

[2] Teacher, what good shall I do: Mark 10:17 adds, “… a certain man ran up and fell upon his knees before him and put the question to him: ‘Good Teacher, what must I do…’” He addresses Jesus as “Good Teacher.” Luke 18:18 adds, “… a certain (religious) ruler.” Therefore, a young rabbi. The Received Text (KJV) has, “Good Teacher.”

[3] Everlasting life: The Greek is ZOEN AIONION. Or, KJV: eternal life; RHM: life age-abiding; TCNT: immortal life; BECK: everlasting life. See word studies else where by researching AION or everlasting life.

[4] Why do you ask me about some ‘good’: This response has resulted in much commentary. If Jesus were “God” one wonders why he would resist a title with the word “good” in it. The Lesson of Eden is that only Yehowah can determine what is ‘good’ and this is not the responsibility of Messiah. Research the word good or AGATHOS (from which the name Agatha comes). Note that the Nazarene’s response is to point to the Ten Commandments and the Law. He does not originate his own philosophy.

[5] [Only] One is ‘good’: Or, KJV: none is good but one, that is, God; ASV: One there is who is good; KNX: God is good, and he only; WMS: there is only one who is perfectly good; ABUV: One is the Good. The subject is absolute or ultimate Good. No one would argue that Jesus was no a “good man.” Note John 7:12. Compare also how others are described as “good.” (2 Samuel 18:27; Proverbs 14:14) Jesus recognizes there are good people (Matthew 12:35; Luke 6:45; Romans 5:7). Surely Jesus refers to his Father, Yehowah.

[6] To enter Life: It may be argued that “Life” here is something like John 5:24 and 1 John 3:14. Thus “Life” means the new Life within the Realm of Heaven – the Church. Others will limit it to that future Life though both may be include.

[7] Observe the commandments: It is possible Jesus speaks to a young Jewish rabbi. Note the commandments Jesus lists. It will startle some what he has omitted in a list of his own choosing: the Name and the Sabbath. Jesus goes on to quote Exodus 20:13-16 then skipping back to Exodus 20:12. He also quotes what he calls late the Second Greatest Commandment: Leviticus 19:18.

[8] I have guarded myself regarding all of these: The KJV version adds: “… from my youth up.” Or, ASV: all these things have I observed; WEY: carefully obeyed.

[9] What more am I lacking: Or, NEB: where do I still fall short; BER: how do I still fall behind; WEY: what more is required. One wonders if there is some self-righteous hypocrisy here. However, Paul himself claims such rigorous righteousness or obedience to the law (Philippians 3:6).

[10] If you wish perfection: Or, KNX: if thou hast a mind to be perfect; NEB: if you wish to go the whole way; NASB: to be complete. To the Nazarene spiritual perfection will involve charity. See notes on Matthew 5:48. – Perfect: This is the Greek word TELEIOI from TELOS (= “end”) and may be rendered “complete, mature, fulfilled.”

[11] Leave and sell your belongings: Or, RHM: withdraw! sell thy substance; go and sell your possessions. Note how in Luke 12:32, 33 Jesus tells his “little flock” the same thing. Note their response in Acts 2:44, 45; Acts 4:34-37.

[12] Give to the poor: The man could divest himself of his possessions in any manner of ways: giving it to his family, hiding investments. Jesus gives no hint that he expects the man to contribute to him though never was there a poorer man on earth (2 Corinthians 8:9). The young rabbi must say goodbye to all his belongings – strip himself from material attachment and desire.

[13] And [then] come be my follower: Note he must do this before becoming a follower or disciple of Jesus. It is possible “follower” means a member of the Nazarene’s private entourage of apostles.

[14] The young man departed very depressed: Or, KJV: he went away sorrowful; NASB: he went away grieved; KNX: sad of heart; RIEU: in gloom; WMS: in deep distress; PME: crestfallen. We watch our Lord’s eyes as he follows the young man as he leaves and we note a slight expression of pity. We would like to know the future of this young rabbi. Did he follow later, become an angry opposer screaming for crucifixion, or merely indifferent. We wonder at his death what thoughts he must have had.

[15] Many possessions: Or, NASB: owned much property; NEB: a man of great wealth; BECK: very rich.

[16] Rich people will only enter the Realm of Heaven with great difficulty: Perhaps of all the teachings of the Nazarene this is the one most disliked by western capitalist society. While the world struggles to be rich Jesus warns of the great difficulty in such conflicting lifestyles and ideals. Compare the notes on Matthew 5:42 and Matthew 6:25. Or, KJV: a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven; ASV: it is hard for a rich man; MON: a rich man will find it difficult. Though the celestial realm of God is the final goal, Jesus makes it clear that it will be very hard for a rich person to become a Christian and gain membership in the Realm of Profession. Note Paul’s counsel to the rich at 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Throughout the Gospel Age there have been wealthy Christians who gave all to help others, while others used their riches to forward the Gospel message. Research the words rich and riches. In Bible terms “rich” means having a surplus (Mark 12:44; 2 Corinthians 8:14).

[17] Camel to enter through a needle’s eye: The Lamsa translation of the Aramaic has this ‘a rope through the needle’s eye.’ Some understand it is the difficulty a camel has in crawling through a very narrow gate to enter a city. It must get on its knees and move forward with difficulty. The Nazarene does not say it is impossible nor does he rule it out altogether. He just says it will be difficult for a rich person to give attention to discipleship while torn over riches. The conflict between love and greed is the struggle between self and others.



Matthew 19:1-2 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: From Galilee to Judah

Matthew 19:3-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Grounds for Divorce

Matthew 19:3-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Grounds for Divorce – additional verses

Matthew 19:10-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Celibacy

Matthew 19:13-15 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Kingdom Belongs to Child-like

Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers

Matthew 8:18-22 – Two Would-be Followers

|| Luke 9:57-60

MT8:18 But when Jesus observed the crowd surrounding him he commanded [his disciples] to leave for the other side of [Lake Galilee]. MT8:19 And a scribe[1] approached Jesus, and said: “I will follow you anywhere you go.” MT8:20 Jesus told him, “Foxes[2] have dens and birds of the sky roasts,[3] but the Son of Humankind[4] has nowhere[5] to lay his head.” MT8:21 Then a different one of the disciples[6] said to Jesus, “Sir, permit me first to go and bury my father.”[7] MT8:22 But, Jesus told him, “Be following me[8] and let the dead bury their own dead.”[9]

[1] Scribe: The Greek is GRAMMATEUS, a grammarian, writer or copyist. The word occurs about 75 times in the Bible, beginning with Judges 5:14 (Compare 1 Chronicles 2:55; Ezra 4:8, 9, 17, 23). The group occur in Matthew, 22; Mark, 21; Luke, 14; John, 1; Acts, 3; 1 Corinthians, 1. The scribe may be learning or educated. The Hebrew sopherim were very dedicated to the precise hand-copying of the Scriptures. They counted not only the words but also the letters of the entire Hebrew Bible. They were associated with teachers of the Law and particularly the sect of the Pharisees. They could be called “Rabbi.” We would suspect their fingers blackened from much use of pen and ink. The older scribes much hunched over from labors and the penmanship table.

[2] Foxes: The animal lives in burrows underground which may be substantial. They are mentioned nine times in the Bible.

[3] Roasts: Note not “nests” but temporary places to spend the night.

[4] Son of Humankind: The Greek is HUIOS TOU ANTHROPOU and is most often rendered “Son of man.” There are several words for “man” and so we prefer to widen this word to mean “human” which may or may not include women as in “humankind” according to the context. The phrase is taken directly from Daniel 7:13 which was understood by the Jewish teachers to refer to the Messiah or even the Son of God (Compare Philo Judaea). The designation occurs about 180 times and is applied to Daniel and Ezekiel, most often in the Hebrew Bible to the latter prophet. The title occurs in Matthew, 31; Mark, 14; Luke, 25; John, 13; Acts, 1 and rarely elsewhere.

[5] Nowhere: Jesus has no permanent residence but is like Paul, “homeless.” (1 Corinthians 4:11) It is interesting to note when we see Jesus next sleeping: in the fishing boat during the storm. He is often seen spending the night outdoors even up to his final week. Such a person today would be considered a homeless street-person and shunned by genteel Christians.

[6] A different one of the disciples: Possibly one other than the twelve. It is interesting to note that this “disciples” wishes to “follow” Jesus. One might assume that is what being a disciple meant. It is possible the account means by this that the disciple wanted to become part of Jesus personal entourage which followed him everywhere.

[7] Bury my father: Many understand this to mean the disciple wished to return to his living father and wait until his death and burial and thereafter begin his following Jesus.

[8] Following me: Jesus does not include him among his closest disciples but encourages the man to continue to follow on this course.

[9] Dead bury their own dead: Those who are spiritually dead as children of Adam and have not taken up Nazarene discipleship. There were others who could bear this burden leaving the man free to follow if he so chose. Discipleship, particularly apostleship, were serious matters worthy of total commitment by a man. It is possibly the reason women were not invited to make this sacrifice, given their obligations as mothers.



Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:23-25 – Kingdom Preaching and Healing Draws Crowds

Matthew 8:1-4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus a Miracle-working Son of God

Matthew 8:5-13 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Servant of Army Officer Healed

Matthew 8:14-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law


Additional reading

  1. A call easy to understand
  2. Discipleship to look at
  3. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  4. Breathing and growing with no heir
  5. Fellowship
  6. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian


Further related

  1. Matthew 8:18-22
  2. Following Jesus…
  3. Discipleship
  4. the cost of discipleship
  5. The Cost of (Non) Discipleship
  6. The cost of discipleship, peace, and division

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:41-50 – Twelve Year Old Jesus in the Temple

Luke 2:41-50 – Twelve Year Old Jesus in the Temple

LK2:41 Now each year [Jesus’] parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. LK2:42 So when Jesus was twelve years old[1] he went up with them according to the custom of the festival. LK2:43 After fulfilling the days [of the festival][2] [the parents] returned but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem. His parents were unaware of this, LK2:44 thinking him to be in the traveling group. Then after a day’s journey they went looking for Jesus among their relatives and friends. LK2:45 But they did not find him so they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. LK2:46 Then after [looking] three days[3] they finally found Jesus sitting among the [Jewish] teachers in the temple [courtyard]. Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions.[4] LK2:47 Everyone listening was amazed at his comprehension and the answers he gave. LK2:48 When his parents saw him they were astonished and then his mother said to him: “Son, why did you do this to us?[5] Look, your father and I were in a lot of pain[6] searching for you!” LK2:49 Then Jesus said to his parents: “Did you not realize that I would be in my Father’s House?”[7] LK2:50 But, his parents did not understand[8] this statement he made to them.

Luke 2:51-52 – Jesus continued to be in subjection to his parents

LK2:51 Then he descended with them and they all arrived in Nazareth and there Jesus continued to be in subjection[9] to his parents. His mother treasured all of these things in her heart.[10] LK2:52 And Jesus continued to increase in wisdom and physical growth[11] and in favor with God and people.[12]

[1] Twelve years old: It is possible Jesus had turned twelve in the fall around October for it is now spring.

[2] Fulfilling the days [of the festival]: Eight days.

[3] Three days: Missing four days, it is interesting these Jewish parents did not think of the temple first.

[4] Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions: Nothing here tells us Jesus was teaching these rabbis. He was “listening” and asking questions. At the age of twelve the Jewish boy became a “Son of the Covenant.” The next phrase shows Jesus answered their questions well and this impressed those listening.

[5] Son, why did you do this to us: Or, Child; TCN: treated us like this. A mother’s question. We note it is not Joseph who speaks. It is interesting that such an intelligent lad did not make some provision for telling his parents. Perhaps he knew had he asked they would not have given their permission.

[6] In a lot of pain: Or, anxious, distress, anguish. Though it is known Jesus had four brothers and at least two sisters, nothing is mentioned about them here.

[7] In my Father’s House: Or, business. The Greek is only “things” and so does not refer at all to the Jewish temple proper. There were several courtyards in the compound of Herod’s temple. A woman was not permitted in the Court of Israel where only men worshipped God. It is likely they were all in an outer courtyard. The word “house” is used of the tabernacle of Moses and the temples that followed. [Psalm 26:8; 27:4]

[8] Did not understand: This was a common reaction to things Jesus said, including his own later disciples. To Bible readers looking at matters in retrospect the failure to understand is surprising. The use of the word “Father” was very rare in the context of God. The Hebrew Bible uses the word “father” over a thousand times, but in all of these only about a dozen refer to God and most of these are in a Messianic context.

[9] Jesus continued to be in subjection: Or, NEB: under their authority; TCN: submitted himself to their control; MON: always obedient. If Jesus were to observe the Law of Moses perfectly then he would also keep the Commandment to honor his parents. [Ephesians 6:1, 2]

[10] His mother treasured all of these things in her heart: Or, KNX: kept in her heart the memory all that had occurred. Luke has a firsthand source in Jesus’ mother and his brothers and sisters. We can see the good doctor listening intently as these and others related their experiences with Jesus.

[11] Wisdom and physical growth: Or, stature. The “missing” eighteen years of Jesus life will one day be a fascinating read. We learn from this phrase two important things: a] Jesus continued to grow in that “wisdom” found in the Hebrew Bible [Proverbs 1-3]; and, b] Jesus experienced growing up throughout his teenage years through his twenties as a Jewish lad in a small village under the occupation of the Roman world, influenced considerably by Greek heritage. Jerusalem was right in the center of the great trade routes of the ancient world. For an eager and brilliant mind there was much to stimulate a growing youth. At some point Joseph dies and likely Jesus becomes something of the family head as the oldest son. He learns much about motherhood, womanhood, growing children, Jewish rituals, neighbors good and bad, Roman occupation, Greek culture, providing a livelihood for a large family, and the need to find solitude.

[12] In favor with God and people: Jesus not only learned but he increased in God’s favor [approval, blessing, love] indicating he was certainly not God Himself. How does one increase in God’s favor? By ever increasing faith demonstrated by a love for God’s Word and fellowship with His people. We can imagine a young man who the local people could not commend enough. He was not a selfish, egotistical, self-centered carpenter in Nazareth. Jesus learned how to get along with his neighbors, how to keep quiet and not express an opinion when it would accomplish nothing. He was no young upstart who irritated the elders of the community. He was liked by everyone and his reputation was flawless in his community. Everyone knew that the young carpenter did excellent work and asked a fair price. Later Paul will put it: “He learned obedience from the things he suffered.” [Hebrews 5:8]



Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:1-7 – A Firstborn’s Birth In Bethlehem

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:8-14 – Angels and Shepherds in the Night

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:15-20 – Shepherds Find the Infant Christ

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:21-24 – Presenting the Baby to God

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Blessing and Warning

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:36-38 – Anna’s Thanks before Those Waiting

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:39-40 – The Young Child Grows


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  • Jesus the Messiah celebrated the festival of Hanukkah (
    Could the Messiah have been born around the Feast of Tabernacles in October?

    It would be easy for the Roman Occupiers of this land, to arrange for a census in Jerusalem when millions of Jews came home to their own native village. Most of the ancient Biblical villages were located around Mount Zion, the city of Jerusalem, a day walk away or so. Even Jesus the Messiah, was dedicated in the Temple, shortly after His birth.

    It would be wise to arrange for a census when Jews celebrated a feast. It would be difficult to force Jews to travel around 25th of December, when there is no Jewish feast. And cold winds, and even snow are the normal climate, on the 700 meters high Mountains of Zion.

    Catholicism is fraud. It was fraud in 325 A.D, and it is fraud today.

    Celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah every day, and reject all kinds of paganism arranged for in his name. If you want to celebrate the birth of Messiah on 25th of December, at least be aware of who started this celebration. It was not the Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but rather the pagan papacy.

  • 2014 Scripture Reading Plan – Week of January 12, 2014 (
    Jesus replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?”
  • Was Jesus a prophet like Moses? (
    Moses was born to normal human parents, while Jesus was born to a virgin who was made pregnant by G-d while betrothed to a man. That’s very unlike Moses, a mortal human being who had to overcome his weaknesses to submit himself to G-d, and was not a “100% G-d and 100% man” sinless superman capable of amazing feats. While Jesus also called himself a prophet (Luke 4:24), in the Hebrew Bible G-d always used normal, often flawed human beings to be prophets to His people. G-d never acted as His own prophet and servant to Himself.
  • The Reason Jesus Could Overcome All Trials and Death (
    Jesus is a man who lived having given up all the earthly hopes people normally cherish from the time of his youth. We must know that Jesus lived from early on with a hope for which he could forsake his family, his environment, his religious denomination, and even his nation. He had a firm belief and hope in Heaven that no one could change. The hope that he cherished in his young mind was an immutable, thorough-going one with which he could withstand whatever difficulties he might encounter. Therefore, we must remember once again that Jesus ran the path he had to take with unflagging perseverance.

    Jesus went to the temple in Jerusalem with his parents when he was twelve. His parents came back first, and Jesus remained there. When his parents came looking for him later, Jesus scolded them, saying, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49) We must know that Jesus cherished hope only for the Father.
    Even though he raised twelve disciples, Jesus was pursued here and there. However, the more he was pursued and the more people were unable to understand his heart, the more ardently he thought about the Father’s nation and the Father’s heart. Although many battles and difficulties knocked against him, they could not crush Jesus’ perennial hope.

  • O’Neill-Fitzgerald “Christ Myth” Debate, #8: Why should anyone have noticed Jesus? (
    Tim O’Neill (TO) repeats, and repeats again and again in both 2011 and 2013, another common apologist mantra in his review of David Fitzgerald’s Nailed: Why would any Greek or Roman or even Jewish author have even noticed Jesus, let alone have bothered to write about him? After all, Jesus was just another nobody Jewish peasant and miracle worker — they were a dime a dozen — and this one was, even worse, in the “backblocks of Galilee”. Why, no-one apart from Josephus even mentions much more politically significant Jewish figures (various Jewish rebels) — (not true, as we saw in an earlier post) — so why would a Jewish peasant who didn’t even lead an armed rebellion against Rome have attracted any notice?
  • Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; [Day VII] in the Octave of the Epiphany (
    “Sitting in the midst of the doctors who” were astonished at His wisdom and answers. Moreover since, “as God hath delivered to everyone the measure of Faith”, (Epistle) Christian souls form but “one body in Christ” (Epistle), they ought to be penetrated with the wisdom of Him who far from “conforming himself to the maxims of this world,” reforms “and rules human life according to the will of God” (Epistle).
    “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” said the young boy Jesus. This wholly supernatural wisdom whose guiding principles exceed, without destroying those of the natural order, is beyond our unaided powers.
  • Article Of Faith: Women In The Ministry Of Jesus, by Femi Aribisala (
    The religious elite forbade the teaching of the scriptures to women. However, Jesus did not abide by this sexual discrimination. He taught Mary of Bethany and commended her scholarship to her sister, Martha; who was more inclined to perform the conventional female tasks of cooking and serving. He said to her: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42).
  • Breaking Down Barriers (
    If today you were to visit Jerusalem you would find a massive Islamic building called the Dome of the Rock. This golden roofed structure sits atop of what used to be the center of the covenant between God and God’s chosen people, Israel. Starting with Solomon, the 3rd king of Israel, the Temple in Jerusalem became the place where God descended and dwelt. Solomon’s Temple was a particularly massive project. The Holy of Holies (the place where the LORD’s presence would dwell) was made of 600 talents of gold. A talent equals roughly 75 pounds. That means that there was over 45,000 pounds of gold (almost 23 tons) in the Holy of Holies. The Temple was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide. The height of the ceiling would make a claustrophobic happy…it was 45 feet high. Truly, Solomon constructed one of the great buildings of his time. However, Solomon’s Temple would be destroyed and rebuilt. It lost its grandeur in the rebuilding.
  • We can not see where Friday: Dec. 27 ( gets the connection in this part of Scripture that “Jesus establishes that Christmas is about family”? The festival spoken of in this chapter is not at all about the 25th of December, the birthday of the goddess of light, but is about the people getting saved from the slavery of Egypt.
  • Following The Way: 3 ~ Jesus Did It And So Can You (
    Jesus learned how to focus his mind completely on the task at hand. Perhaps he began to develop this skill in his fathers carpentry shop. A slip with an adze, chisel, saw, or other sharp wood working tool can be fatal. However he started to develop single mindedness he perfected it in the act of prayer. Prayer so deep and powerful it should properly be called meditation. His fourty days in the desert, the multiple times he is recorded as going to mountains to be alone and pray, his abilities to focus his energy for healing all shout out ‘single minded’ concentration.

Na de sabbat na Pesach, de verrijzenis van Jezus Christus

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Een engel die de steen wegrolt voor het graf van Jezus Christus – Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806–1858)




“1  Toen de sabbat voorbij was, kochten Maria Magdalena, Maria de moeder van Jakobus, en Salome welriekende kruiden om Hem te gaan balsemen. 2 Op de eerste dag van de week, heel vroeg, toen de zon juist op was, gingen zij naar het graf. 3 Ze zeiden tot elkaar: ‘Wie zal de steen voor ons van de ingang van het graf wegrollen?’” (Markus 16:1-3 WV78)

“Op de eerste dag van de week kwam Maria Magdalena, vroeg in de morgen – het was nog donker – bij het graf en zag dat de steen van het graf was weggerold.” (Johannes 20:1 WV78)

“En mocht dit soms de landvoogd ter ore komen, dan zullen wij hem wel kalmeren en er voor zorgen dat gij geen last krijgt.’” (Mattheüs 28:14 WV78)

“1  Op de eerste dag van de week echter gingen zij zeer vroeg in de morgen naar het graf, met de welriekende kruiden die zij klaar gemaakt hadden. 2 Zij vonden de steen weggerold van het graf, 3 gingen binnen, maar vonden er het lichaam van de Heer Jezus niet. 4 Terwijl zij niet wisten wat daarvan te denken, stonden er plotseling twee mannen voor hen in een stralend wit kleed. 5 Toen zij van schrik bevangen het hoofd naar de grond bogen, vroegen de mannen haar: ‘Wat zoekt ge de levende bij de doden? 6 Hij is niet hier, Hij is verrezen. Herinnert u, hoe Hij nog in Galilea tot u gezegd heeft: 7 De Mensenzoon moet overgeleverd worden in zondige mensenhanden en aan het kruis geslagen, maar op de derde dag verrijzen.’ 8 Zij herinnerden zich zijn woorden, 9 keerden van het graf terug en brachten dit alles over aan de elf en aan al de anderen.” (Lukas 24:1-9 WV78)

“39 Maar Hij gaf hun ten antwoord: ‘Een slecht en overspelig geslacht verlangt een teken, maar geen ander teken zal hun gegeven worden dan dat van de profeet Jona. 40 Zoals mogelijk Jona drie dagen en drie nachten verbleef in de buik van het zeemonster, zo zal de Mensenzoon drie dagen en drie nachten verblijven in de schoot van de aarde. {drie dagen in sheol/hel}” (Mattheüs 12:39-40 WV78)

“23 Hem, die volgens Gods vastgestelde raadsbesluit en voorkennis is uitgeleverd, hebt gij door de hand van goddelozen aan het kruis genageld en gedood. 24 Maar God heeft Hem ten leven opgewekt na de smarten van de dood te hebben ontbonden; want het was onmogelijk dat Hij daardoor werd vastgehouden. 25 Doelend op Hem toch zegt David: De Heer had ik voor ogen, altijd door, Hij is aan mijn rechterhand, opdat ik niet zou wankelen; 26 daarom is er blijdschap in mijn hart en jubelt mijn mond van vreugde; ja, ook mijn lichaam zal rust vinden in hoop, 27 omdat Gij mijn ziel niet over zult laten aan het dodenrijk en uw heilige geen bederf zult laten zien. 28 Wegen ten leven hebt Gij mij doen kennen, Gij zult mij met vreugde vervullen voor uw aanschijn. 29 Mannen broeders, ik mag wel vrijuit tot u zeggen van de aartsvader David, dat hij gestorven en begraven is; we hebben immers zijn graf bij ons tot op deze dag. 30 Welnu, omdat hij een profeet was en wist, dat God hem een eed gezworen had, dat Hij een van zijn nakomelingen op zijn troon zou doen zetelen, 31 zei hij met een blik in de toekomst over de verrijzenis van Christus, dat Hij niet is overgelaten aan het dodenrijk en dat zijn lichaam het bederf niet heeft gezien. 32 Deze Jezus heeft God doen verrijzen en daarvan zijn wij allen getuigen. 33 Verheven aan Gods rechterhand heeft Hij de beloofde heilige Geest van de Vader ontvangen en Deze uitgestort, zoals gij ziet en gij hoort. 34 David immers is niet ten hemel opgestegen, maar toch zegt hij zelf: De Heer heeft gesproken tot mijn Heer: Zit aan mijn rechterhand, 35 totdat Ik uw vijanden als een voetbank voor uw voeten heb gelegd. 36 Voor heel het huis van Israel moet dus onomstotelijk vaststaan, dat God Hem en Heer en Christus heeft gemaakt, die Jezus, die gij gekruisigd hebt.’” (Handelingen 2:23-36 WV78)

“3 Het is de boodschap over zijn Zoon, die naar het vlees is geboren uit het geslacht van David, 4 die naar de heilige Geest is aangewezen als Zoon van God door Gods machtige daad, door zijn opstanding uit de doden, Jezus Christus onze Heer.” (Romeinen 1:3-4 WV78)

“1  Broeders, ik vestig uw aandacht op het evangelie dat ik u heb verkondigd, dat gij hebt ontvangen, waarop gij gegrondvest zijt 2 en waardoor gij ook gered wordt: in welke bewoordingen heb ik het u verkondigd? Ik neem aan dat gij die onthouden hebt; anders zoudt gij het geloof zonder nadenken hebben aanvaard. 3 In de eerste plaats dan heb ik u overgeleverd wat ik ook zelf als overlevering heb ontvangen, namelijk dat Christus gestorven is voor onze zonden, volgens de Schriften, 4 en dat Hij begraven is, en dat Hij is opgestaan op de derde dag, volgens de Schriften, 5 en dat Hij is verschenen aan Kefas en daarna aan de Twaalf. 6 Vervolgens is Hij verschenen aan meer dan vijfhonderd broeders tegelijk, van wie de meesten nog in leven zijn, hoewel sommigen zijn gestorven. 7 Vervolgens is Hij verschenen aan Jakobus, daarna aan alle apostelen. 8 En het laatst van allen is Hij ook verschenen aan mij, de misgeboorte. 9 Ja, ik ben de minste van de apostelen, niet waard apostel te heten, want ik heb Gods kerk vervolgd.” (1 Corinthiërs 15:1-9 WV78)

“3 Daarop gingen Petrus en de andere leerling op weg naar het graf. 4 Ze liepen samen vlug voort, maar die andere leerling snelde Petrus vooruit en kwam het eerst bij het graf aan. 5 Vooroverbukkend zag hij de zwachtels liggen, maar hij ging niet naar binnen. 6 Simon Petrus die hem volgde, kwam ook bij het graf en trad wel binnen. Hij zag dat de zwachtels er lagen, 7 maar dat de zweetdoek die zijn hoofd had bedekt, niet bij de zwachtels lag, maar ergens afzonderlijk opgerold op een andere plaats. 8 Toen pas ging ook de andere leerling die het eerst bij het graf was aangekomen, naar binnen; hij zag en geloofde, 9 want zij hadden nog niet begrepen hetgeen er geschreven stond, dat Hij namelijk uit de doden moest opstaan.” (Johannes 20:3-9 WV78)

“11  Maria stond buiten bij het graf te schreien. En al schreiend boog zij zich naar het graf toe 12 en zag op de plaats waar Jezus’ lichaam gelegen had, twee in het wit geklede engelen zitten, een aan het hoofdeinde en een aan het voeteneinde. 13 Zij spraken haar aan: ‘Vrouwe, waarom schreit ge?’ Zij antwoordde: ‘Zij hebben mijn Heer weggenomen en ik weet niet waar zij Hem hebben neergelegd.’ 14 Toen zij dit gezegd had, keerde zij zich om en zag Jezus staan, maar zonder te weten dat het Jezus was. 15 Jezus zei tot haar: ‘Vrouw, waarom schreit ge? Wie zoekt ge?’ In de mening dat het de tuinman was, vroeg zij: ‘Heer, mocht gij Hem hebben weggenomen, zeg mij dan waar ge Hem hebt neergelegd, zodat ik Hem kan weghalen.’ 16 Daarop zei Jezus tot haar: ‘Maria!’Zij keerde zich om en zei tot Hem in het Hebreeuws: ‘Rabboeni!’- wat leraar betekent. 17 Toen sprak Jezus: ‘Houd mij niet vast, want Ik ben nog niet opgestegen naar mijn Vader, maar ga naar mijn broeders en zeg hun: Ik stijg op naar mijn Vader en uw Vader, naar mijn God en uw God.’ 18 Maria Magdalena ging aan de leerlingen berichten dat zij de Heer gezien had, en wat Hij haar gezegd had.” (Johannes 20:11-18 WV78)

“28  Gij heb Mij horen zeggen: Ik ga heen, maar Ik keer tot u terug. Als gij Mij zoudt liefhebben, zoudt gij er blij om zijn dat Ik naar de Vader ga, want de Vader is groter dan Ik. 29 Nu, eer het gebeurt, zeg Ik het u, opdat gij, wanneer het gebeurt zult geloven. 30 Veel zal Ik niet meer met u spreken, want de vorst van de wereld is op komst. Weliswaar vermag hij niets tegen Mij, 31 maar de wereld moet weten dat Ik de Vader liefheb en dat Ik handel zoals Hij Mij bevolen heeft. Staat op, laten we hier vandaan gaan.” (Johannes 14:28-31 WV78)

“25 In beelden heb Ik hierover tot u gesproken; er komt een uur, dat Ik niet meer in beelden tot u zal spreken, maar Mij onomwonden tegenover u zal uiten omtrent de Vader. 26 Op die dag zult gij bidden in mijn Naam; het is niet nodig te zeggen dat Ik bij de Vader uw voorspreker zal zijn, 27 want de Vader zelf heeft u lief omdat gij Mij liefhebt en gelooft dat Ik van God ben uitgegaan.
28  Ik ben van de Vader uitgegaan en in de wereld gekomen; weer verlaat Ik de wereld en ga naar de Vader.’” (Johannes 16:25-28 WV78)

“13 Nooit is er iemand naar de hemel geklommen, tenzij Hij die uit de hemel is neergedaald, de Zoon des Mensen. 14 En deze Mensenzoon moet omhoog worden geheven, zoals Mozes eens de slang omhoog hief in de woestijn, 15 opdat eenieder die gelooft in Hem eeuwig leven zal hebben.” (Johannes 3:13-15 WV78)

“15 Ik bid niet, dat Gij hen uit de wereld wegneemt, maar dat Gij hen bewaart voor het kwaad. 16 Zij zijn niet van de wereld, zoals Ik niet van de wereld ben.
17  Wijd hen U toe in de waarheid. Uw woord is waarheid. 18 Zoals Gij Mij in de wereld gezonden hebt, zo zend Ik hen in de wereld, 19 en omwille van hen wijd Ik Mij aan U, opdat ook zij in waarheid aan U toegewijd mogen zijn.” (Johannes 17:15-19 WV78)

“19  In de avond van die eerste dag van de week, toen de deuren van de verblijfplaats der leerlingen gesloten waren uit vrees voor de Joden, kwam Jezus binnen, ging in hun midden staan en zei: 20 ’Vrede zij u.’ Na dit gezegd te hebben toonde Hij hun zijn handen en zijn zijde. De leerlingen waren vervuld van vreugde toen zij de Heer zagen. 21 Nogmaals zei Jezus tot hen: ‘Vrede zij u. Zoals de Vader Mij gezonden heeft, zo zend Ik u.’” (Johannes 20:19-21 WV78)

“1  De geest van Jahwe, mijn Heer, rust op mij, want Jahwe heeft mij gezalfd. Hij heeft mij gezonden om de armen het blijde nieuws te brengen, om te verbinden wier hart gebroken is, om aan de gevangenen vrijlating te melden, en aan de geboeiden de terugkeer naar het licht; 2 om een jaar van Jahwe’s genade te melden, een dag van wraak voor onze God; om alle treurenden te troosten, 3 om aan de treurenden van Sion een kroon te geven in plaats van as, vreugdeolie in plaats van een rouwgewaad, een kleed van roem in plaats van een kwijnend gemoed. Men noemt hen eiken van heil, door Jahwe geplant, een blijk van zijn luister.” (Jesaja 61:1-3 WV78)

“Gij onderzoekt de Schriften in de mening daarin eeuwig leven te vinden, maar juist dezen getuigen over Mij.” (Johannes 5:39 WV78)

“Uit uw eigen broeders zal Jahwe uw God een profeet doen opstaan zoals ik dat ben, naar wie gij moet luisteren.” (Deuteronomium 18:15 WV78)

“18 Jezus trad nader en sprak tot hen: ‘Mij is alle macht gegeven in de hemel en op aarde. 19 Gaat dus en maakt alle volkeren tot mijn leerlingen en doopt hen in de naam van de Vader en de Zoon en de heilige Geest en 20 leert hun te onderhouden alles wat Ik u bevolen heb. Ziet, Ik ben met u alle dagen tot aan de voleinding der wereld.’” (Mattheüs 28:18-20 WV78)

“1  En gij, mijn kind, wees sterk door de genade van Christus Jezus. 2 De leer die gij in het bijzijn van vele getuigen van mij hebt gehoord, geef die door aan betrouwbare mannen, bekwaam om op hun beurt anderen te onderrichten.” (2 Timotheüs 2:1-2 WV78)

“Neem als richtsnoer de gezonde beginselen die gij uit mijn mond hebt vernomen, en houd ze vast in het geloof en de liefde van Christus Jezus.” (2 Timotheüs 1:13 WV78)

“24 Tomas, een van de twaalf, ook Didymus genaamd, was echter niet bij hen, toen Jezus kwam. 25 De andere leerlingen vertelden hem: ‘Wij hebben de Heer gezien.’ Maar hij antwoordde: ‘Als ik niet in zijn handen het teken van de nagelen zie en mijn vinger in de plaats van de nagelen kan steken en mijn hand in zijn zijde leggen, zal ik het niet geloven.’
26  Acht dagen later waren zijn leerlingen weer in het huis bijeen, en nu was Tomas er bij. Hoewel de deuren gesloten waren, kwam Jezus binnen, ging in hun midden staan en zei: ‘Vrede zij u.’ 27 Vervolgens zij Hij tot Tomas: ‘Kom hier met uw vinger en bezie mijn handen. Steek uw hand uit en leg die in mijn zijde, en wees niet langer ongelovig, maar gelovig.’ 28 Toen riep Tomas uit: ‘Mijn Heer en mijn God!’ 29 Toen zei Jezus tot hem: ‘Omdat ge Mij gezien hebt, gelooft ge? Zalig die niet gezien en toch geloofd hebben.’” (Johannes 20:24-29 WV78)

“Wij leven in geloof, wij zien Hem niet.” (2 Corinthiërs 5:7 WV78)

“8 Hem hebt gij lief zonder Hem ooit gezien te hebben. In Hem gelooft gij, ofschoon gij Hem ook nu niet ziet. Hoe onuitsprekelijk, hoe hemels zal uw vreugde zijn, 9 als gij het einddoel van uw geloof, de redding van uw ziel, bereikt.
10  Naar dat heil hebben reeds profeten gezocht en gevorst, toen zij profeteerden over de genade die voor u bestemd was. 11 Zij vroegen zich af op welk tijdstip en welke omstandigheden de Geest van Christus in hen doelde, toen Hij voorspelde al het lijden dat over Christus zou komen, en de daarop volgende verheerlijking. 12 Maar hun werd geopenbaard, dat zij deze boodschap moesten beheren voor u, niet voor zichzelf. En nu is die boodschap bij monde van de evangeliepredikers openlijk aan u verkondigd, in de kracht van de heilige Geest, die van de hemel is neergezonden. Dit zijn geheimen waarin zelfs engelen verlangen door te dringen.” (1 Petrus 1:8-12 WV78)

“Toen zij dit gezegd had, keerde zij zich om en zag Jezus staan, maar zonder te weten dat het Jezus was.” (Johannes 20:14 WV78)

“Terwijl ze daarover spraken, stond Hijzelf plotseling in hun midden en zei: ‘Vrede zij u.’” (Lukas 24:36 WV78)

“43 Hij nam het en at het voor hun ogen op. 44 Hij sprak tot hen: ‘Dit zijn mijn woorden, die Ik tot u sprak, toen Ik nog bij u was: Alles wat over Mij geschreven staat in de Wet van Mozes, in de profeten en psalmen moet vervuld worden.’ 45 Toen maakte Hij hun geest toegankelijk voor het begrijpen van de Schriften. 46 Hij zei hun: ‘Zo staat er geschreven: dat de Christus moest lijden en op de derde dag verrijzen uit de doden 47 en dat in zijn naam bekering tot vergiffenis van de zonden gepredikt moet worden onder alle volken, te beginnen met Jeruzalem. 48 Gij zijt getuigen hiervan 49 Daarom zend Ik tot u wat door mijn Vader beloofd is; blijft dus in de stad, totdat gij uit den hoge met kracht zult zijn toegerust.
50  Nu leidde Hij hen naar buiten tot bij Betanie, hief de handen omhoog en zegende hen. 51 En terwijl Hij hen zegende, verwijderde Hij zich van hen en werd ten hemel opgenomen. 52 Zij aanbaden Hem en keerden met grote blijdschap naar Jeruzalem terug. 53 Zij hielden zich voortdurend op in de tempel en verheerlijkten God.” (Lukas 24:43-53 WV78)

“19  Nadat de Heer Jezus aldus tot hen gesproken had, werd Hij ten hemel opgenomen en zit aan de rechterhand van God. 20 Maar zij trokken uit om overal te prediken, en de Heer werkte met hen mee en schonk kracht aan hun woord door de tekenen die het vergezelden.” (Markus 16:19-20 WV78)

“30 Die Hij heeft voorbestemd, heeft Hij ook geroepen. Die Hij riep, heeft Hij gerechtvaardigd, en die Hij rechtvaardigde, heeft Hij verheerlijkt.
31  Wat moeten wij hieraan nog toevoegen? Indien God voor ons is, wie zal dan tegen ons zijn? 32 Hij heeft zelfs zijn eigen Zoon niet gespaard, voor ons allen heeft Hij Hem overgeleverd. En zou Hij ons na zulk een gave ook niet al het andere schenken? 33 Wie zal Gods uitverkorenen aanklagen? God die rechtvaardigt? 34 Wie zal hen veroordelen? Christus Jezus misschien, die gestorven is, meer nog, die is opgewekt en die, gezeten aan Gods rechterhand, onze zaak bepleit? 35 Wie zal ons scheiden van de liefde van Christus? Verdrukking wellicht of nood, vervolging, honger, naaktheid, levensgevaar of het zwaard? 36 Er staat immers geschreven: Om Uwentwil bedreigt ons de dood de gehele dag; wij worden behandeld als slachtvee. 37 Maar over dit alles zegevieren wij glansrijk, dank zij Hem die ons heeft liefgehad. 38 Ik ben ervan overtuigd, dat noch de dood noch het leven, noch engelen noch boze geesten, noch wat is noch wat zijn zal, en geen macht 39 in den hoge of in de diepte, noch enig wezen in het heelal ons zal kunnen scheiden van de liefde Gods, die is in Christus Jezus onze Heer.” (Romeinen 8:30-39 WV78)


Voorgaande rond de dood van Christus Jezus:

Jezus vindt de dood op Golgota op voorbereidingsdag

Gevangenneming en terechtstelling van Christus Jezus

Voor de Wil van Hem die groter is dan Jezus

Op de eerste dag voor matzah

Dienstknecht voor velen terwille van de waarheid van God

De Gezalfde en de eerste dag van de feestperiode van Ongezuurde Broden

In andere talen:

Duitstalig / Deutsch: Nach der Sabbat nach dem Passahfest, die Auferstehung von Jesus Christus

Franstalig / Version en Français: Après le sabbat après la Pesach ou Pâque, la résurrection de Jésus-Christ

Engelstalig: After the Sabbath after Passover, the resurrection of Jesus Christ


Vindt ook:
Omtrent de laatste ogenblikken van Jezus zijn leven:
  1. Jesaja profeet en boodschapper van God
  2. Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
  3. Dienaar van zijn Vader
  4. 14 Nisan, de avond om Christus Zijn predikingswerk te herinneren
  5. 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #1 Oorsprong
  6. 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #2 In Jezus tijd
  7. 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #3 Voor het Overgangsfeest
  8. 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #4 Een Gedood Lam
  9. 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #5 De te vieren dag
  10. Jezus aanbod op het laatste avondmaal
  11. Teken van het Verbond
  12. Verontrustheid van Jezus
  13. Jezus moest sterven
  14. Een Messias om te Sterven
  15. Een Feestmaal en doodsherinnering
  16. Een Groots Geschenk om te herinneren
  17. Jezus stervensdag
  18. Jezus is verrezen

  19. Niet goddelijkheid van Christus toch
  20. De Afstraling van Gods Heerlijkheid
  21. Achtergelaten aan een paal tot in de dood
  22. Waarom vast houden aan het kruisbeeld
  23. Zweeds theoloog vindt in historische geschriften dat Jezus niet aan een kruis stierf
  24. Een gedicht voor Pasen
  25. Pasen 2006
  26. Niet gebonden door labels maar vrij in Christus
  27. Laat mij kiezen voor eerste-belang-dingen

  28. Alles zal worden opgeslorpt door de overwinning van het goede

  29. Dagelijkse schoonheid

  30. Hoe zullen de doden weer levend gemaakt worden?


  • Thoughts About Easter (
    Mary completely forgot what Jesus promised he would do on the third day. She turns and quickly runs to find her friends. I imagine her running on a dirt path as fast as she possibly could, stumbling over rocks, tired, sweaty and breathless. Her friends, Peter and John listened as she told them, “They have taken his body away!” and they too ran quickly to see for themselves.
  • He is not here, He is risen, just as He said (
    After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb and afterwards at least twice to the disciples while they had gathered at a house in prayer. He visited two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and he also appeared at the Sea of Galilee while some of the disciples were fishing.
  • What Happened on Easter? (
    Some insist the Bible speaks metaphorically. Others insist the Bible speaks of what actually happened. Over and over again the Bible itself says it speaks of what actually happened. As Settled In Heaven explains in Easter Week Devotion: The Importance of the Resurrection, the Apostle Paul took this issue head on in 1 Cor 15:12-23 (KJV).
  • Easter: He is Risen (
    Today we celebrate the risen Christ. Let us remember the victory we have in Jesus. Death is defeated. Not only are our sins forgiven, but we are being made new; not only  are we being made new, but Christ is saying to us, “I say you are gods.” Let us celebrate the new reality that Christus Victor brings.
  • He IS Alive.. (
    After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
  • The Empty Tomb (
    Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.
  • Jesus is Risen!! (
    This morning turned the deepest grief into the most passionate praise! As the day dawned, death fell in defeat! Jesus is alive!! He is standing! He is seeking those whom He has called.
  • Happy Easter: Christ Has Died, Christ Has Risen (
    Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
  • Jesus is alive, the tomb is empty. (
    There are “many infallible proofs” of the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, but the testimony of the empty tomb is the most conclusive of all. Jesus had been buried, with the tomb sealed and guarded by a watch of Roman soldiers. Yet on the third day of His burial, on the morning of the first day of the week, the body was no longer there, and the empty tomb still stands today as an unanswerable proof that the Lord Jesus rose from the dead.
  • When Nothing Meant All (
    I attended a service at the crack of dawn to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My sacrifice of lost sleep is insignificant compared with His at Calvary, yet denying my flesh those extra 40 winks made today’s service for St John’s and St Luke’s churches in Colchester seem the sweetest Easter I have ever celebrated.
    In minus degrees temperatures at Highwoods Country Park, about 50 folk encircled a camping table bedecked with a tablecloth, bread and wine. Our breath clouded our voices as we joined the bird’s dawn chorus singing praises to the Risen Lord. Our warm booted feet melted the frost encrusting the grass (see our footprints in the pic) as a rosy blanket slowly covered the horizon.

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