by David Gatch
“Go up to the Festival yourselves. I’m not going up to the festival yet, because My time has not yet fully come.” John 7:8
“Did Jesus lie?” This was the question an 8th grader asked his teacher, a challenging question no doubt, but a good question. His reasoning appears reasonable considering Jesus told His brothers, “I’m not going up to the festival yet” but the problem arises when Jesus eventually does go up to the festival. Does Jesus’ actions contradict what He told His brothers? Did Jesus lie to His brother telling them He was not going up when He apparently intended to go up later? It might appear so. But is it? Did Jesus lie?
by David Gatch
“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachtani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) The fourth words from the cross, the first reported by Matthew and Mark are taken by some as the Father’s abandonment of the Son, a Sovereign departure, as somehow, they say, God separated from God. However, such division between the Father and Son is in contradiction to the Son’s insistence of oneness with His Father (“The Father and I are one.” John 10:30) and His declaration in John 16:32, “…you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” Was Jesus caught unaware by the actions of His Father? How do we explain this cry? Was it real? However insoluble the cry may be to us, it must not be interpreted as a contradiction of the oneness of the Father and Son as if there were two Gods on that dark day at the place called Golgotha.
Two disciples leaving Jerusalem, heading to Emmaus, caught up in a heated discussion, interrupted by a mysterious stranger, all set the stage for one of the most dramatic and instructive appearances of the resurrected Lord Jesus. The story tells of how two despondent disciples have their shattered expectations of Jesus transformed into a living hope in Christ.
With no small effort God redeemed sinners through the cross of Christ. Disarming, disgracing, and triumphing over the enemy of our souls, He won us the victory with His outstretched arm.
“Unbelievable as it may seem, it is possible for a person to live up to seventy days without food. It is also possible to exist for nearly ten days without water. And one can live for up to six minutes without air. But there is one thing it is impossible to live without—hope.”
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