Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Matthew 22:15-22

Religious Leaders Question Jesus The religious leaders of Jerusalem questioned Jesus in order to find some reason to accuse him. In every case, Jesus replied with wisdom that confounded their plans to trap him. Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to trap him by what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are truthful and teach truthfully the way of God. You don’t care what anyone…

Matthew 10:16-24

“Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves. Beware of them, because they will hand you over to local courts and flog you in their synagogues. You will even be brought before governors and kings because of me, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, don’t worry about how or what you are to speak. For you will be given…

Luke 11:37-54

Jesus denounced the Pharisees and religious lawyers for their hypocrisy and compared them to their ancestors who killed the prophets of old. This is a sobering passage to read because of how harshly Jesus speaks to them. Rather than repenting of their ways, they began to plot against him. As he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him. So he went in and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that he…

Luke 4:16-28

Rejection at Nazareth Jesus declared himself to be the Messiah, and was immediately rejected by the people of his hometown. He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me…

Acts 1:6-11

“You Will Be My Witnesses” Jesus, now risen from the dead, explained how his disciples would be his witnesses throughout the world. So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you…

Matthew 22:1-14

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet  This kingdom of God is open to everyone regardless of their current state or condition, yet all must acknowledge God’s one way of salvation through Jesus Christ. Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other servants…

Matthew 21:33-46

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants Jesus foretold his death and explained how the kingdom would be given to people other than the Israelites. “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. When the time came to harvest fruit, he sent his servants to the farmers to collect his fruit. The farmers took…

Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat  Jesus explained in this parable how the righteous and the wicked will coexist until his return. He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. The landowner’s servants came to him…

Matthew 24:4-14

The Olivet Discourse Jesus had given his disciples a synopsis of the last days, which are defined as the time between his ascension and his return. Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end…

Daniel 7:13-14

“The Son of Man” The prophet Daniel saw a vision of the ascension of Christ from heaven’s perspective. Whenever Jesus referred to himself as “The Son of Man” he is referencing this passage and identifying himself to be the Messiah, whom people from all nations will honor and worship. I continued watching in the night visions, and suddenly one like a son of man was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted…