I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian

A Long Way Off

“To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and…

Demonstration

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV) Everyone starts as a sinner (Romans 3:23). Sin is a death sentence (Romans 6:23). Someone has to pay for it. In the Old Testament, sin was temporarily covered with the blood of animals.…

Notorious

“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” Luke 15:1-2 (NLT) Someone who is notorious is well known generally for their bad deeds. Imagine having a reputation for doing…

Invisible is Visible

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in…

Sick People

“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean. Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am…

Simple Law

“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord…

Flip the Tables

“Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.” John 2:15 (NLT) Selling items to travelers was normal in the temple. People would travel from great distances to worship…

Unlike Others

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.” Matthew 7:28-29 (NLT) In Jesus times, there were many religious teachers. Their focus was on the law and how to follow it. They could quote the law and let…