What did Jesus write on the ground?

Remember the only time that Scripture records that Jesus wrote something? It was when the adulterous woman was brought to him as a test.

They asked this to test him. They wanted to find a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and used his finger to write on the ground. When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent down again and continued writing on the ground. Jn 8.6-8 GW.

No one knows what he wrote, of course, since the text does not tell us.

But might Jeremiah 17.13 provide a tantalizing clue?

O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who abandon you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in dust, because they abandon the Lord, the fountain of life-giving water (GW).

The Hebrew text is a bit problematic, so that’s more reason not to be dogmatic.

Maybe, just maybe, the Lord was writing names in the dust, to “write off” his opponents. The idea in Jeremiah’s verse is judgment, where those who abandon the Lord will be destroyed.

Whatever Jesus was writing on the ground, we can be sure that, at that moment, it was nothing positive.

#Jesus #speculation #Jeremiah #writing

Jesus is the Logos!

By Roy Davison — When John stated that Jesus is the Logos (John 1: 1), it had a much broader meaning than ‘Word’ in English.

The following video’s in English and Dutch of my sermon for the church of Christ in Eindhoven, Holland for December 13, 2020 explains what John meant when he declared Jesus to be the LOGOS!



May the Lord bless and protect you.

#sermons #John #Jesus #logos

Twisting plain language to support a warped doctrine

Warped doctrines are built upon the foundations of the twisted plainly written scriptures. For example, today I heard a radio host call a brother of Jesus, “James, the ‘supposed’ brother of the Lord.”

“Supposed?,” I thought to myself. Then I answered myself, “You might hear James called “supposed” on the radio but you won’t hear it in the scriptures.”

Continue reading

#catholicism, #james, #jesus

Why keep Jesus weeping?

Number 563 • September 13, 2020


Scripture records three occasions on which Jesus wept. Each teaches a different lesson and raises a different question about our relationship with Jesus. We will look briefly at each of the three and then ask a few direct and pertinent questions. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #jesus

Answer to Jesus

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“… Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! For I am God, and I have no peer. I solemnly make this oath – what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to me, every tongue will solemnly affirm; they will say about me, “Yes, the Lord is a powerful deliverer.’ All who are angry at him will cower before him. Isaiah 45.22-24

This passage is a prophecy of Jesus. Paul, in Philippians 2.10-11, cites these verses while talking about Jesus.

The old covenant, established between God and the Jews through Moses, was made with just one nation. The covenant that Jesus established and that is still in effect today is one that calls all nations to come to him.

The way to come to Jesus is by hearing his words and obeying them. In John 12.44-50, Jesus stated that he did not come to judge the world. The words that he had spoken would judge the world and those words came from God the Father. God told Jesus what to say. By obeying what Jesus taught, we are obeying God.

God has provided a way through Jesus for man to be delivered from sin. Sin is what separates us from God. God took the initiative to make it possible to return to him. For those who are not interested in God’s grace and salvation, Hebrews 10.12-13 tells us that Jesus is now seated at God’s right hand where he is waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. His enemies will cower before him in the judgment.

Whether by obedience or judgment, we will have to answer to Jesus. We make the choice for ourselves here in this life. What will your choice be?

#risingjoy #Isaiah #Jesus

More important

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

… You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. He must become more important while I become less important.” John 3.28-30

I am sure that we all have either been to a wedding or perhaps, participated in a wedding. They are such happy occasions most of the time. I enjoy watching the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time. It brings joy to the heart to see the groom with his bride.

John, who had been conceived by a miracle, Luke 1.13-18, had a purpose from birth. He was to make the people of the Lord ready to receive Jesus when he came.

Jesus and John were in the same general area in Judean territory, both teaching and baptizing. A dispute came up between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew. The disciples went to John, but they did not bring up the dispute. It appeared they were jealous on the part of John for everyone was flocking to Jesus! It would appear that John had done his job well.

Instead of reacting with jealousy, John reminded his disciples what he had already told them. He was not the Christ. He was the friend of the bridegroom that rejoiced greatly when he heard the bridegroom’s voice. His joy was complete. John knew that his role was to lead others to Jesus, not to compete with him for their attention.

It is also our role to lead others to Jesus. Or do we try to compete with Jesus for their attention? He must become more important while I become less important.

#risingjoy #John #Jesus

Jesus is always there

 It never occurred to me when I married Doug and moved away from home how I would never be able to call home without it being long distance again. Of course, today we don’t even think about long distance calling or how much it costs. But back in the 70’s I was very conscious of it .

We were just starting out in marriage and Doug was in Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis working on a Master’s degree. I enjoyed talking to mother and writing her letters as we tried to stay in touch often. I’m sure she missed me as much as I missed her.

I can no longer call that familiar 897-2788 telephone number and hear her sweet voice on the other end. Today I dialed it once again and though I expected to get another voice, the recorded voice said, “I’m sorry the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” I can’t call mama anymore but there is someone who knows where she is, what she is doing, and how she is doing. I can call Him anytime.

I remember in January 2014 the morning after mother went to heaven I woke up and said, “Well Lord, how is mother doing this morning? I know she is fine and that you are taking care of her now.” How comforting to know that she is in His care and no longer in mine after ten years of loving her in our home.

It gives me great joy to know that I can call my Lord at anytime and He will see and answer my prayer. He is:

Waiting – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).

Watching –  Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

Longing – “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy ladened

and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Listening – “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

Concerned – “He cares” (1 Peter 5:7).

Happy to hear from me – “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

#jesus, #jesus-christ

A wonderful description of conversion

What does it mean to receive Christ? It means to receive his messengers who bring his Good News. The real ones, as distinguished from false teachers, bring a vigorous message of conversion. It means (1) hearing; (2) turning; (3) changing; (4) serving; and (5) waiting: Continue reading

#1-thessalonians, #conversion, #devotional, #jesus, #second-coming

In exchange

“What can a person give in exchange for his life?”
Mark 8.37 NET

Jesus reminds us that nothing in this world can compare to, or compensate, for eternity.

#eternity #Jesus #soul

A Prophet without honor

As I was reading the last few verses in Matt. 13, specifically verses 53-58, I was touched with emotion at how the people of Jesus hometown could not accept Him for who He was and what He could do. The people He probably would have wished to help the most were jealous of Him and they really messed up big time. They were amazed at His wisdom and His ability to perform miracles and they asked:

  1. Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
  2. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
  3. Isn’t his mother’s name Mary?
  4. Aren’t his brothers names James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
  5. Aren’t all his sisters with us?
  6. Where did this man get all these things?

And then the clincher, the scripture says, “And they took offense at him.” They were overcome with jealousy. I can imagine our Savior realizing this saying, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor” (v. 57b). And because of their jealousy, they missed a lot of blessings. They lost! Verse 58 says, “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

We might feel a bit of anger creeping in toward those people in his hometown for their jealousy. Think of the blind that did not get their eyesight healed. Think of those with broken bodies who were left unhealed. Perhaps there were people who died who could have been saved or restored to life. All because the hometown folks were jealous. They couldn’t accept Jesus for who he was, and for what He could do with his miraculous powers. They couldn’t accept his wisdom, for wondering where he got it. Why, he was just a carpenter’s son. They knew his mother. Her name was Mary. They knew his sisters. They were there with them. They knew his brothers and could name each of them. But they took offense, the Bible says, to Jesus instead of rejoicing in Him. Because of that Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Jesus must have been very sad as he left his hometown, the people he knew and loved and wanted to help.

We may think, “Ah, I wouldn’t have done Jesus that way.” Ah, wouldn’t you? How do you think it makes Him feel when we reject Him by failing to worship Him, to give our life completely to Him, to fail to study our Bible, to lead others to Him? If the shoe fits, let’s wear it!! 

Are you making Jesus sad? Think about it! Do something about it while you are on this side of eternity where you can make a change.

#jesus, #jesus-christ

Hugh’s News & Views (. . . The Right Jesus?)


I enjoy preaching about the church and believe that in the light of the astounding lack of Bible knowledge that so many people have about the church that such an emphasis is necessary. I love to preach about “The Church of the Bible” and take my hearers on a journey through the Bible to see what it says about the church. I love to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” in which I set forth the distinguishing marks of the church that Christ established. I think in our day and time it would be hard to give too much emphasis to what God has said about the church and what He wants the church to be in all ages.

At the same time, I recognize the importance of preaching about Jesus. Just as I preach about the church of the Bible, I also need to preach about the Christ of the Bible, and do. Just as I preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” I also need to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Jesus?” In His discourse concerning the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans (which occurred in A. D. 70) Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Through the centuries, many false christs (messiahs) have arisen. So, how can we know when we have found the right Jesus, the right Christ? Continue reading

#hughfulford, #jesus

From them came the Christ: Romans 9.5

“To them [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.”

Romans 9.5

Listing the advantages of the Israelites, Paul mentions the greatest of all: Jesus was born of them. They had the best position to appreciate and follow him.

The Jews rejected Jesus. Some today seem to forget he was a Jew. They also forget he is God in the flesh. They make him out to be what they want. Do I do the same?

#votd #Romans #Jesus

Peter held up Jesus as the perfect man

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” Acts 10:38.

Cornelius was not that different from those in the world today who are basically good people but are outside a relationship with Jesus. Though a gentile centurion, he’s described as “a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Peter did not find this “good enough,” though, and first held up Jesus as the perfect man before proclaiming the gospel.

Jesus spent His three-year ministry looking for opportunities to do good in a selfless and benevolent life. We have four gospel accounts that give us many examples of how we as His followers can live our lives as He did while He walked this earth in the flesh, made like His brothers in every way.

However, more than just Jesus’ commitment to the value of benevolence that we should imitate, this account shows how Jesus’ example can be and should be held up to those who are basically good people so that they might obey the gospel like Cornelius did.

Do you tell who Jesus is?

Douglas Kashorek

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#Cornelius #Jesus #example

Jesus or Yeshua?

Some place a huge a emphasis on Jesus being called Yeshua. I’ve noticed a fair number of TV preachers on the religious channels that obviously agree.

Ever talked with anyone about the topic, or anyone ever talked about it with you? A few years ago I posted a short article on my old blog explaining my view on the matter, but if you’re looking for something slightly more in-depth, Apologetics Press recently posted a “Question and Answer” article on the topic that you might find interesting.

#bible-questions, #jesus, #questions-and-answers, #yeshua

Family bonds and Jesus

It’s not always the right thing to do but there are legitimate times when humanity can be divided into two divisions. Believers and unbelievers, male and female, and Jew and gentile are a few examples of reasonable divisions. Another such division would seemingly apply to people when it comes to one’s family bonds and Jesus … we’re willing to love one more than the other, or the other more than the one.

When it comes to family bonds and Jesus, some people refuse to admit or acknowledge the error of their family members. This truth is not only seen in the spiritual realm, it is also seen in the secular realm. “Suggesting” that their son or daughter, father or mother, or husband or wife is wrong produces an irrational response of deep denial, anger or a turning away from what is right.

When it comes to family bonds and Jesus, some people are willing to admit or acknowledge the error of their family members. This truth is seen in the spiritual realm and also in the secular realm. “Suggesting” that their son or daughter, father or mother, or husband or wife is wrong produces a reality and faith-driven response of acceptance, self-control and an encouraging spirit for others toward what is right.

These categories are not new. This challenge is not unique to the twenty-first century. When it comes to family bonds and our attitude toward them, the call of Jesus has not changed.

Will our choice be the blood that is thicker than water, or will it be the blood of the cross that we access through the water of the Lord’s command?

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:34-38 NKJV)

#choices, #family, #jesus