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In The End, More Women Were There For Jesus Than Men

Last Wednesday, we talked in class about how the world thinks the Bible views women as unimportant and practically doormats. The truth is, the Bible does not see them that way at all. In fact, women were to have some key roles in His life.
The first time we see a woman involved in Jesus’ life is in Luke 1:26-38. This is when God sends the angel, Gabriel to Mary to tell her about Jesus, the baby she is carrying. God could have chosen to bring Jesus into the world any way He wanted but He chose to do it through the birth of a woman; a human woman, whom Gabriel calls, “favored one”.
In verse 35, Gabriel also tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her. At this time, no one that I know of had the Holy Spirit come upon them, so this was very special. And to think it happened to a woman.
Another example is in Mark 5:24-34, where a woman, who had suffered with a hemorrhage for 12 years, despite many doctors’ attempts, came to Jesus. She believed that if she just touched His cloak, she would be healed. She came up behind Him amidst a large crowd and as soon as she touched His cloak, “she sensed that the affliction was healed”. Jesus felt the power leave Him and began looking around and asking who touched Him. At first, she was afraid to answer because women were not regarded that highly back then and she was afraid of what might happen. Jesus was not angry with her but praised her for such strong faith, and even called her “daughter”.
This was not the only female that Jesus helped that day. Just before He healed the woman with the hemorrhage, a synagogue official, named Jairus, approached Jesus and fell at His feet. Mark 5:23 says that the official “implored Him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.'”
Jesus agreed to help this little girl, when at that time and in some countries around the world today, the only people less important than women are little girls; however, Jesus had compassion for this man and his daughter.
He was interrupted by the woman with the hemorrhage and after healing her, people from the official’s house came and told him that his daughter had died and not to bother Jesus anymore. Verse 36 tells us that He overheard what they said and told the official to, “…not be afraid any longer, only believe.”
So, He took Peter, James and John and went to the synagogue official’s house and according to verse 38, “He saw a commotion and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.’
5:40-“They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was.
5:41-“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, ‘Talitha kum!’ (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!’)”
5:42-“Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.”
5:43-“And he gave strict orders that no one should know about this , and He said that something should be given to her to eat.”
If Jesus thought little of women and little girls, why did he stop and heal this woman and bring the little girl back to life? He cared for every human being, male or female. In Acts 10:34, Peter says, “I most certainly understand that God shows no partiality.” Romans 2:11 also quotes, “For there is no partiality with God.”
The claims that people make today about the Bible showing no respect to women or showing them in a bad light are simply not true. Women had a part in Jesus’ life and certainly in His death. Who was at the cross when Jesus was crucified? The disciple John was there but Matthew 27 tells us that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee were looking on and had been ministering to Him. They had provided food and provisions for Him in His life.
Lastly, who came to prepare Jesus’ body for burial with spices on the morning He had risen from the dead? In Mark 16:1, we find that “…Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might come and anoint Him.”
In the end, women were there for Jesus in His life and they were there for Him in His death. I believe He knew that God made us this way and accepted our nurturing ways, nurturing us in return. We can feel special, knowing that Jesus gave loving attention to women as well as men.


Is Jesus The Son Of God?

This one of the sermons that was preached in the series we recently had-“Questions You Finally Have To Answer”

John 18:28-19:9- Jesus’ conversation with Pilate about who He is

*The Facts
•Jesus was an actual person, who lived and died in the 1st century A.D. in Palestine
•Very soon after His death, His followers taught that He was the Messiah, that He died for mankind’s sins, was the Son of God
Matthew 16:13-17-Peter’s confession
Acts 10:36-40, 1 Cor. 15:3-8-“Christ died for our sins, seen by 500 people, by me”
1 John 4:9-10-“God sent Son into world, He loved us”
•The Movement started in Judea and radiated outwards
•Grew significantly
•Early followers paid a severe price for belief

*The Possible Explanation
•Jesus was a fraud-His followers constructed a myth that He was the Son of God
Fraud-no scandals connected with Him; what would be His motive? Unbelievers even refuse to speak ill of Him
Myth-not enough time and distance-teaching occurred right after His death and at the same place to people who knew Him
Acts 2:22-24-7 weeks after Jesus’ death vs 32-38
Josephus-Antiquities (96 A.D.)-“Jesus, Pilate condemned Him to the cross, those that loved Him did not forsake Him, Christians today”
Pliny the Magistrate to Emperor Trajan (ruled from 98-116 A.D.)-Letter about how to judge Christians-“singing to Christ as God”
•30 years after Jesus died Romans, Mark, 1 Cor. written
Gospel of Thomas written 100-200 years after His death
•Why would followers do this? Not safe until 4th century

Son of God
•Earliest records attest to it (NT)-1000’s of manuscripts
All 4 Gospels are harmonious, but individual
•Public miracles
Mohammad received his message in a cave, alone; Joseph Smith in the woods alone
•Resurrection-no one could produce the body-no explanation
•Prophesies-100’s of years before His birth

*Summary-Evidence we have–
Abundant, contrary is weak-more theory than documents, have you investigated?
John 3:16-showed mercy but yet be just. 6:66-69-“To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

The Letters of John

These are my notes on a new class we are having on the letters of John.

1. Jesus, John and the apostles’ writings
Sons of thunder/James, disciple Jesus loved, inner circle, fisherman, connected to upper level of society, leaning on Jesus

Great truths
-God became flesh John 1:1, 14-God not far; 3:16-God so loved, gave Son and Son became sacrifice for our sins, 20:30-31-records of signs that prove Jesus is Christ, Son of God

*The Letters
Author-similar in structure, content, style, scholars of early 2nd Century-quote from his letters, attribute it to John, knew him personally

*The Message of John’s Letters
1:3-4-fellowship, joy complete
2:1-may not sin
2:26-counter the deceivers/false teaching
5:13-know you have eternal life/keep believing

“Know”, assured, confidence act
1:1-3, 2:3-4, 5, 13-14; 3:24, 16, 2; 4:13, 2; 5:2, 15

*Reading and Understanding John’s Letters
-They will do this:
Confirm and deepen your faith and beliefs
Help us overcome the enemy-the world 2:1, 15-17; 5:18-19
Help us face and overcome false teaching-2 doctrines of 2nd Century-
Docetism (flesh is evil)
Gnosticism (flesh is evil)- higher beings have no flesh-levels-the more you know -higher you are -possession-Christ lived in a man called Jesus, flesh is so evil it doesn’t matter how you live; with levels-higher-more important than the lower guy

Influencing Others For Christ-Come and See

John 1:35-49

-How people came to know more about Jesus

Jesus was just beginning His ministry and John the Baptist saw Him coming.  It is interesting to note that He did not come riding in on a horse or in some flashy way and say, “I am the Son of God!  You should worship me!  I’m important!”

It is John the Baptist who speaks and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

Two of his disciples followed Jesus and he turned to them and asked a simple question, “What do you seek?”

They, in turn ask Him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”

They wanted to know where He was staying but they probably wanted to know more than that.  They may have wanted to know all kinds of things about Him but that is all they say.

He answers, “Come and you will see.” (more…)

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