Jesus taught many crowds about many spiritual matters during His time on earth. During one such instance, He was teaching on prayer and then about Beelzebul. As He was speaking, Luke 11:27-28 says that a woman lifted up her voice and called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
What was Jesus’ response?
He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Was the woman wrong to consider Mary, the mother of Jesus, blessed? No, not at all, for Mary was indeed blessed. In Luke 1:39-45, the mother of John the Baptist, Elizabeth, is the first to proclaim Mary’s blessedness. “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” she says. “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
In His response to the woman, Jesus was not correcting her words or denying them or rebuking them. Rather, He was improving upon them. He gave her, and all who were listening, a more accurate understanding of why one would be blessed and what it means to be blessed.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. But today, we celebrate when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was welcomed by a large crowd as Savior and King. “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they shouted. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9
Here is a short story that the little sister, Danyelle, wrote for Christmas. Enjoy!
The shining stars twinkled down on the stable in Bethlehem.
But, look! Another star shone, much bigger and brighter.
Below in the stable, crowded with sheep and lowing oxen, a shepherd’s dog lay by the door, ears perked to the cries of a woman giving birth.
Is she in pain? the dog thought.
Little did he know, he was witnessing the Greatest Thing! In an instant, a beautiful Little Baby Boy was in the woman’s arms. But Mary, His mother, knew He was not Little. He was LARGER THAN LIFE. HE WAS LIFE!
“A Baby! A Baby!” The dog leapt up and ran in circles. He’d only seen his master’s baby girl before. But this Lovely Baby created him. This Baby Boy created the bright star, set in the sky. He created Mary, Joseph, the sheep, the shepherds and the wise men.
HIS NAME IS JESUS. THE SON OF GOD.
It might come as a surprise, but Jesus wasn’t an only child in His earthly family. He is the only begotten Son of God, but while growing up with Mary and Joseph, Jesus had several siblings. Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3 both make reference to Jesus’ brothers and sisters. His four brothers are mentioned by name, James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (no relation to Jesus’ disciples), but His sisters remain unnamed and unnumbered. We don’t know how many there were, what they were called, or anything else about them. What we do know is that these girls had a big brother who is the Savior of the world. And we have a few things in common with them because: Continue reading
Last year, I read through the entire Bible.
When Jesus was here on earth, He asked A LOT of questions. Being fully human, it would have been weird for Him never to ask anyone anything. But since He was also fully God, I guess it’s safe to say that all His questions were rhetorical because He already knew the answers to them. He questioned His parents (Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?). He questioned His disciples (You of little faith, why are you so afraid?). He even questioned God (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?).
Below are 210 questions asked by Jesus the Christ Himself: