Bible accounts do open up the possibility that James and John might have been first cousins of Jesus, but we don’t know definitively. This possibility is raised by comparing the four gospels and looking at the women who were nearby when Jesus was crucified.
Author: James Callen
You might understand that you are a child of God, yet think of yourself as a child that the heavenly Father is disappointed in. But that type of perception about yourself isn’t reality. What God says about you is truth. So, allow the Word of Truth, the Bible, to give answer and assurance for: “Who am I in Christ?”
Jesus didn’t look on the woman at the well as an adulterous sinner who was deserving of where she was at in life. He saw someone who was hurting and downcast. He saw her as a person in need of undeserved forgiveness and merciful salvation. For Jesus, she was like that lost sheep who the shepherd went after and searched out.
Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
Jesus was (is) the Son of God who lived a holy, perfect life. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). So, why was Jesus baptized, since water baptism is foremost meant as an act signifying a person is repenting from his sins and turning back to follow God’s will and ways.
Christ, our provision: Jesus feeds 5,000 by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish (part 1)
In a display of His supernatural provision, Jesus feeds 5,000 men by breaking “only” five loaves and two fishes. It’s easy to look at the “only” in what we see or have, and miss what is available to us through Jesus. It’s not about what we can do with what we have—but Who we know and what He can do through us.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word, makes it absolutely clear that Jesus is One persona of the One triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Regrettably, however, because the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible, there are those resist and reject God’s revelation of His One triune being. Rather than forming a doctrine over what isn’t in the Bible, shouldn’t we rather form our foundational beliefs on what IS in the Bible?
At the point of salvation, we are fully in Christ. Yet, we are to continue growing in Christ. As followers of Christ, we are called to live a life worthy and pleasing to the Lord; living as bond-servants of Christ who follow and yield to Him obediently as productive workers in His kingdom.