Jesus on the Bible

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with our official Bible Quiz-o-rama to help assess our Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more of God’s words into our s.

This week, we’re taking a deeeeep dive into this question:
What exactly is the Bible?

Today, we’ll look at what Jesus himself said.

Jesus’ Scripture was the Old Testament. He had a lot to say about it. In fact, Jesus quoted or paraphrased the OT nearly 50 times in the Gospels.

Right after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. How did he conquer Satan’s attacks? With Scripture. He said:

Who Is This?

Our 40-day journey with Jesus continues to spiral toward its stunning climax.

Jesus came to town today. Here’s the picture painted by eyewitnesses:

The great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

Another witness reported:

Jesus’ Final Days

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral toward its climax.

Let’s set the stage …

Crowds are starting to gather. The people are expectant. The governor’s worried. The religious leaders are uneasy.

God’s coming to town. And he has a plan: saving you and me.

Here’s a sneak preview, based on an eyewitness account:

The Road to Jerusalem

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral to its earth-shattering climax.

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to save the world. Here’s an eyewitness account:

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:29-31)

Do What Jesus Says

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

Today, we reach the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Here’s how Jesus began his concluding remarks:

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

If we listen to Jesus’ words AND put them into practice, he promises us a foundation that can’t be shaken. What happens if we don’t do what he says?

God Gives Good Gifts

GUWG-ASK-BlackWe continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

To me, there’s nothing more comforting than today’s words from Jesus:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to  your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

(Matthew 7:7-11)

Yank Your Planks

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

Today, Jesus dives right into our hearts again and gives us instructions for how to relate to others in this world. Here’s what he says:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

(Matthew 7:1-5)