Faith Encouragement: References

Jesus Christ: Unique Among Religious Leaders

 

 

Christ, the Leader of the Christian religion, made claims and
took actions that are unmatched by any other religious leader in history.

Click on each statement below for more details.

 

Christ's Miracles

►  Stopped storms immediately


This occurred several times with at least the basic initial disciples present. Storms that were threatening to swam the boat were calmed so quickly by the word of Jesus that the disciples clearly recognized that the weather change was unnatural.

 

Example one: Jesus was asleep in a boat with his disciples.

Matthew 8:23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

Matthew 8:24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

Matthew 8:25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing."

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Matthew 8:27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"

 

Example two: Jesus walked on water to the boat during a storm. See Matthew 14

 

►  Walked on the water during a storm

Between 3 and 6 in the morning Jesus comes to his disciples in a boat. This would have been at least the two sets of fishermen disciples (IE James and John and Andrew and Peter) Peter was specifically mentioned.

 

Matthew 14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

Matthew 14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

Matthew 14:24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear.

Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."

 

►  Healed lifetime paralysis with immediate strength restoration

Example: Pool of Bethesda man who took up his bed and walked despite being unable to walk for many years with infirmity for 38 years.

John 5:5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"

John 5:7 The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me."

John 5:8 Jesus said to him, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk."

John 5:9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

 

►  Immediately corrected existing deformities of bones and joints

Example one was done in a synagogue with his disciples and other Jews (Pharisees) present. This was immediate correction of a withered hand.

Matthew 12:9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue.

Matthew 12:10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--so that they might accuse him.

Matthew 12:11 He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?

Matthew 12:12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

Matthew 12:13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.

Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

 

Example two was a women who had been bent over for 18 years and was immediately straightened. This was also in the presence if his disciples and a number of others in a synagogue.

Luke 13:11 And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.

Luke 13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability."

Luke 13:13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. that day was the Sabbath.

 

 

►  Healed blindness, even from birth

Example One: Two Blind Men Healed leaving a house in Capernaum:

Matthew 9:27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David."

Matthew 9:28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord."

Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you."

Matthew 9:30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it."

Matthew 9:31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

 

Example Two: Two Blind Men Healed on the way out of Jericho

Matthew 20:29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.

Matthew 20:30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

Matthew 20:31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

Matthew 20:32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?"

Matthew 20:33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."

Matthew 20:34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

 

Example Three: Blind man healed in Bethsaida.  Immediately following this passage the presence of the disciples is confirmed.
Mark 8:22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?"

Mark 8:24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking."

Mark 8:25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

 

Example Four: Bartimaeus the blind son of Timaeus healed outside of Jericho.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.

Mark 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Mark 10:48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Mark 10:49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you."

Mark 10:50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

Mark 10:51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight."

Mark 10:52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Example Five: Healed a man blind from birth in Jerusalem.

John 9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

John 9:3 Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

John 9:6 Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud

John 9:7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (Siloam means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. 

 

►  Healed leprosy In multiple people at the same time

Example one (of many): Jesus healed Leprosy in 10 people at a time between Samaria and Galilee.

Luke 17:11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.

Luke 17:12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance

Luke 17:13 and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."

Luke 17:14 When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed.

 

►  Brought back to life those that who had died, even days later from the tomb

Example one: During the time of mourning. A ruler’s daughter (Jairus’ daughter) restored to life: Jesus went to a ruler’s house after his child had died and mourner’s were present. At least 3 disciples and the ruler and his wife were in the room and many others saw her after she was brought back to life.

Mark 5:35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"

Mark 5:36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."

Mark 5:37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.

Mark 5:38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.

Mark 5:39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."

Mark 5:40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.

Mark 5:41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."

Mark 5:42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.

Mark 5:43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

Example Two: After mourning when being carried out to burial site. Widow’s son raised to life in the town of Nain.

Luke 7:11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.

Luke 7:12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.

Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."

Luke 7:14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."

Luke 7:15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

 

Example Three: Four days after death from the tomb. Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha in Bethany, two miles from Jerusalem.

John 11:17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.

John 11:18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,

John 11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."

John 11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"

John 11:43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out."

John 11:44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

John 11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,

 

►  Personally conquered death

After severe scourging, full crucifixion, burial in a guarded tomb with full burial wrap and penalty of death from guards and from breaking a Roman seal. Then seen by more than 500 at once and over multiple locations during 40 days, eating and drinking and allowing nail and spear marks to be felt.

See the section titled "Resurrection Evidence."

Ascended into clouds under direct observation...

Luke 24:50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

Luke 24:51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

 

 

Christ's Claims About His Identity

►  "I am greater than Solomon and Jonah."

This was to the crowds during the time leading up to the Passover.

Luke 11:31 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Luke 11:32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

 

► "If you dishonor me you dishonor the Father."

John 5:23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him

 

► "I am the light of the world."

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

 

►  "I am the gift of God to all people."

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

 

►  "I am the Messiah; I have come to save the lost."

        Example One to disciples and to others:

 

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life

 

        Example Two to Nicodemas explaining how despite being affected by sin we can live through belief on Jesus.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

John 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

 

        Example Three: It is the will of God that those that believe in Jesus will have eternal life and will be resurrected to be with the Lord:

John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."

 

        Example Four: Jesus give eternal life to his sheep and no one can take that away.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

 

►  "I have lived a perfect life without sin."

Example: Jesus challenges the pharisees to name any sin he has committed.

John 8:46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

 

►  "The sacrifice of my perfect life is enough to pay the penalty of sin for everyone in the world."

 [Same as statements about being the Messiah.]

 

        Example One to disciples and to others:

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life

 

        Example Two to Nicodemas explaining how despite being affected by sin we can live through belief on Jesus.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

John 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

 

        Example Three: It is the will of God that those that believe in Jesus will have eternal life and will be resurrected to be with the Lord:

John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."

 

        Example Four: Jesus give eternal life to his sheep and no one can take that away.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

 

►  "The angels are mine to command."

        Example one: While meeting with his disciples and preparing them for his own death to home he describes his coming again with his angels.

 

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

 

        Example two: To his disciples in response to a request about what events will take place when Jesus comes again. Here Jesus makes it clear he is sending out his angels.

Matthew 24:31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

        Example Three: To his disciples, again in describing end times.

Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

 

►  "My kingdom is God’s Kingdom."

Matthew 16:28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

 

"I will sit on a throne next to God."

Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Luke 22:69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

 

"I am eternal and equal with God the Father."

        Example one: Uses the term I Am to describe himself, recognized immediately as blasphemy by the Jews.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad."

John 8:57 So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

John 8:59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

 

        Example two: Claimed to be equal to the Father and the Jews recognized that and desired to stone him.

John 10:30 I and the Father are one."

John 10:31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?"

John 10:33 The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."

 

►  "Baptism should be in the name of the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Myself."

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Jesus' Claims As Unique Among Those From Religious Leaders
 

► "I am the only one who can reveal God to Man."

This statement was made to crowds which would have included many more than just the disciples. Thus the estimate of 50 plus witnesses

Matthew 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 

"No one can come to God except through Me."

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

 

► "I came to fulfill what the law and the prophets said."

        Example One: Stated he is not come to take away the law and the prophets but to fulfill them. This was at the sermon on the mount which would have been with large crounds, likely in excess of hundreds.

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Matthew 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

        Example Two: Stated that what was happening was what the prophets had foretold. This was at least the his disciples but a lawyer then asked him a question afterwards, implying this may have been with more than just the disciples.

Luke 10:23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!

Luke 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

 

►  "I can raise anyone from the dead I want to."

John 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

 

►  "I can raise myself from the dead."

John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father."

 

►  "I am able to forgive sins."

        Example One: Here Jesus was in Capernaum with his disciples and crowds. He said clearly he had the power to forgive sins and was accused of blasphemy (claiming to be God) because religious leaders accurately judged that only God can forgive sins.

Matthew 9:2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."

Matthew 9:3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."

Matthew 9:4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?

Matthew 9:5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?

Matthew 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he then said to the paralytic--"Rise, pick up your bed and go home."

 

        Example two: A woman anoints his feet with oil and Jesus states that faith in him leads to forgiveness of sins.

Luke 7:37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,

Luke 7:38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

Luke 7:48 And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

Luke 7:49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"

Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

 

        Example Three: Claimed that forgiveness of sins for all nations would be through his name.

Luke 24:46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

Luke 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem

 

        Example Four: Did not disagree with John when he was introduced as the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world

John 1:35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,

John 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

 

"Belief in me results in eternal life."

John 5:22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

John 5:23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

 

►  "I will come again from Heaven to Earth with my angels."

        Example One to his disciples:

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

 

        Example Two: Jesus describes in detail the events of the world prior to his coming again that it will be something seen throughout the world at that time.

Matthew 24:30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory

 

►  "I will personally judge everyone for their wrong doing, and determine either eternal life or eternal judgment."

         Example one: To the Twelve disciples

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

 

        Example two; In response to a description of the end times, separating all who are resurrected into two groups.

Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Matthew 25:32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

 

       Example three: The result of the separation is eternal life or eternal punishment.

Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

 

 

Jesus' Predictions: Unique Among Statements From Religious Leaders

 

►  "Lazarus is dead but will live again."

John 11:17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.

John 11:18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,

John 11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."

John 11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"

John 11:43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out."

John 11:44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

John 11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,

 

►  "I will be killed in Jerusalem and I will be killed by the non-Jewish people by flogging and crucifixion."

Matthew 20:17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,

Matthew 20:18 "See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death

Matthew 20:19 and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."

 

►  "I will be killed at the time of next Passover (several days away)."

Matthew 26:2 "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

 

►  "I will be betrayed by one of my 12 disciples."

Matthew 26:21 And as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.

 

►  "I will be deserted by all my disciples before tomorrow morning."

Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'

 

►  "Peter, you will deny that you know me three times before tomorrow morning."

Matthew 26:33 Peter answered him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away."

Matthew 26:34 Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

 

►  "I will raise to life the third day after I am killed."

        Example One: This was done in the presence of his disciples and other Jews who were demanding him to show them a sign.

Matthew 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

Matthew 12:39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

       Example Two: In the presence of his disciples and others who were demanding a sign Jesus predicted that his body (temple) would be destroyed(killed) and he would raise again in three days.

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

John 2:20 The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?"

John 2:21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.

 

        Example Three: In the presence of at least the 12 disciples. Predicted his death and resurrection that Peter argued with him about it.

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

Matthew 16:22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you."

Matthew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

 

       Example Four: In Capernaum with a gathering of disciples.

Matthew 17:22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,

Matthew 17:23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were greatly distressed.

 

       Example Five: Just prior to his death in Jerusalem.

Matthew 26:32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."

 

►  "Jerusalem will be surrounded and everyone inside, including women and children, will be killed.  In addition, all the huge stones of Solomon’s temple will be thrown down at the same time."

Matthew 24:1 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.

Matthew 24:2 But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."

Luke 19:43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side

Luke 19:44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

[This all occurred 37 years later, in 70 A.D.]

 

►  "My words will not pass away."

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

 

K. Dean Reeves, M.D. is a physician and medical researcher in the area of pain caused by arthritis, chronic sprains and chronic strains. His private practice is located in the greater Kansas City area of Roeland Park, Kansas.  He collaborates in research with other locations across the country and internationally, and is licensed in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

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