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Favorite story of Jesus

Discussion in 'Christianity DIR' started by robtex, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. robtex

    robtex Veteran Member

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    Just curious ...kinda like a personality test. What is your favorite story of Jesus of the new testiment?
     
  2. No*s

    No*s Captain Obvious

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    The Garden of Gethsemane
     
  3. robtex

    robtex Veteran Member

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    elaborate please and give the location in the Bible.
     
  4. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!" NIV

    This is where knowing SOME greek becomes beneficial. Jesus is saying "Peter do you Agape me?" the first two times. And the response is "Yes, Lord, I Phileo you!" The third time, Jesus asked Peter "Do you even Phileo me?" Agape is a sacrificial, Godly love, while Phileo is brotherly affection or "like". It took Jesus' death and resurection for Peter to finally "Get it".
     
  5. martha

    martha Active Member

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    It is too hard to choose only one story or teaching, but the following is one of my favorite quotes.

    Luke 6: 37, 38

    "Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get."

    These are good words to live by, although we find it difficult. Not more than twenty minutes ago I posted a thread about finding out that a friend was going to be fired on Monday. I judged the wealthy owner of my company for his decision, which I perceived to be a wrong one. Perhaps he knows my friend in a different way than I do, since he deals with him in a different capacity. I quess at times, we all fall short. Thank you for this post which caused me to reflect on my feelings.

    Joyfully in Jesus,
    Martha
     
  6. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    Mark 10:13
    They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.

    [size=-1]Mark 10:14
    But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, "Allow the little children to come to me! Don't forbid them, for to such belong the kingdom of God.

    [size=-1]Mark 10:15
    Most assuredly I tell you, whoever will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he will in no way enter therein."

    [size=-1]Mark 10:16
    He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
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  7. Mr Spinkles

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    I always liked Jesus' parable of the prodigal son.
     
  8. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Over the years I think the "cleansing of the Temple" by Jesus has had the most effect on me.... The account in John 2:13 is earlier in the story of John's Gospel than the one in Matthew where it is located in 21:12-17 and seems closer to events leading up to the crucifixion itself...

    I used to dislike the story at first because people tried to imply that it justified the use of force and violence... but now my view of it is that it was very important to convey a break with the Temple system of sacrifices and money changing which was a great source of revenue for the religious establishment. So i see it now more as a daring revolutionary act against established religion.

    My feeling is also that by Himself Jesus had enough charisma to humble the most jaded and corrupt person in Jerusalem and probably didn't really need to fashion a scourge or whip as it says in John 2:15. Religious art usually has Jesus using a scourge as in John's Gospel.

    Matthews account does not have Jesus using a scourge but does say He upset the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling pigeons... in Matthew 21:12.

    So to me the story is a message to the religious establishment to beware.

    - Art
     
  9. Doc

    Doc Space Chief

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    My favorite is of the man storing up his riches only to be killed by God that very night. That story keeps me on a straight line and one reason why I do not like to have much more than I deem necessary.
     
  10. fromthe heart

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    Jesus ascending into the clouds and His last words spoken before He was taken up...that we should witness to the uttermost parts of the earth. Then the promise of His return one day in the clouds in the same manner He was taken up...I always look up at the clouds and wonder what it must have been like to see Him ascend that way. It must have been a sight to behold.:162:
     
  11. john313

    john313 warrior-poet

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    Mark 14:47 "And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear." -This shows Jesus's disciples had and knew how to use weapons, not completely pacifistic like the traditional view.
    And of course flipping over the money changers tables and that whole scene.
     
  12. forsaking_pride

    forsaking_pride New Member

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    my favorite story of Jesus is where he said that he only did what he saw his Father doing. Jesus never acted without first communicating with Father God.

    If only i lived my life with such a simple rule, to be sure i am accurately representing my Father in Heaven.

    Interesting note: Several times in Scripture, Jesus went out early in the morning to pray, or he spent the night in prayer. I believe that Jesus was God incarnate, fully God and fully man, but He still needed to spend large amounts of time in prayer and communication with his Father God.
     
  13. john313

    john313 warrior-poet

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    So you believe there are multiple Gods? If Jesus truly was God, he would not need to pray to anyone.
    Getting up early to pray and spending the night in prayer......that sounds like what Islam teaches.
    Quran 73:20 "Thy Lord doth know that thou standest forth (to prayer) nigh two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of the night, and so doth a party of those with thee. But Allah doth appoint night and day in due measure He knoweth that ye are unable to keep count thereof. So He hath turned to you (in mercy): read ye, therefore, of the Qur'an as much as may be easy for you. He knoweth that there may be (some) among you in ill-health; others travelling through the land, seeking of Allah.s bounty; yet others fighting in Allah.s Cause, read ye, therefore, as much of the Qur'an as may be easy (for you); and establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls ye shall find it in Allah.s Presence,- yea, better and greater, in Reward and seek ye the Grace of Allah. for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
     
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