Mary Mother of Jesus

    “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary…. And the angel said to her, ” You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus,” Luke 1: 26-27 Since Mary was a virgin, she did not understand how this could be, but she was submissive to God’s will for her life. Though it was a special blessing to be selected from all women …

Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

        “In the days of Herod, there was a priest named Zechariah… and his wife was Elizabeth, Though they were righteous, they had no children.”  Luke 1: 5-7 But God was aware of Elizabeth’s bareness, and promised her husband she would conceive during old age and bear a son. It was considered a reproch to be barren, and God honored the aged couple with a son, and he was named John. The next mention of John is in the wilderness preaching a message of repentance and baptizing those who responded to the message. Jesus knew all that John was doing and went to the …

Mary Magdalene

“Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,  and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” Luke 8: 1-3   It is admirable that when men all except John, were forsaking Jesus, some women followed Him, and remained faithful. Evidently Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven demons, was one of His …

Mary and Martha

Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 “…Jesus entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went to Jesus and asked if He didn’t care that her sister had left her alone to serve. But Jesus reminded her she was troubled and anxious unimportant things but Mary had chosen that which can not be taken away.” On another occasion before Jesus was crucified Mary anointed Jesus with some rather expensive ointment and was criticized by some saying it was a waste. …

Woman At The Well

Scripture: John 4: 3-10 “When Jesus left Judea and left for Galilee, He had to pass through Samaria, so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field Jacob had given his son Joseph, and Jacob’s well was there. So being wearied from His journey, Jesus was sitting beside the well. and it was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. His disciples had gone into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of …

Rahab the Prostitute

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been circled during seven days. By faith Rahab, the prostitute, didn’t perish with those who were disobedient: because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11: 29-31. We read that after forty years of war and conflict, Israel was ready to enter the promised land, but still much work remained to be done. They were entering new territory; many city-states were in the area, each was fortified with a …

Mary Magdalene

John 20: 1-2 “Now early on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, while still it was dark, and she saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance to the tomb.  So she ran to Peter and John saying to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where He is.” Though Jesus had tried to reveal the truth that His time on earth would be temporary, evidently individuals could not fully understand and accept that truth. Mary was one of Jesus’ closest friends, and when she saw the empty tomb, she hurried …

Peter and John

Scripture: John 20: 3-9  “So Peter and John were going to the tomb; both of them were running together, but John outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first, and stooping to look in the tomb, he saw the linen cloth lying there, but he did not go inside. Then Simon Peter came. and entered the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, but in a place by itself. Then John, who had reached the tomb first entered the tomb, and he saw and believed: for as yet they did not understand the Scripture that Jesus would rise from death.” Before being too …

Eleven Disciples

“On the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And He showed them his hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw Jesus.  Again He said to them, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And He breathed on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20: 19-22 Though the disciples probably marveled that Jesus came through closed doors to enter the room, Scripture tells us they were glad …

Thomas

John 20: 24-28  “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, they had seen the Lord.  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger in His side, I will not believe.”  Eight days later, His disciples were in a room and Thomas was with them. And though the doors were locked, Jesus came, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you!’ Then Jesus said to Thomas, ” Put your finger here, and see my hands, and place it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe.” Thomas responded, …

Two on the Way to Emmaus

Luke 24: 13-19 “That day two men were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles fromJerusalem. And they were discussing all that had happened, and while they talked,Jesus drew near and walked with them, but their eyes kept them from recognizing Him. When Jesus asked about their conversation, the man named Cleopas answered Him, ” Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who does not know about the things which have occurred during the past few days? Jesus said, “What things?” Then they tried to explain all the latest events, and the day was almost over; so they invited Jesus to remain with them. After their …

My Response to the Resurrection

“For God so loved the world, He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so individuals might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17. The first twenty-one years of my life were lived without Jesus as my personal Savior. I had been raised in a home by loving parents, but did not have the privilege of attending Sunday school and church services. Then I married and my husband was not a believer. But he had his parent’s Bible, sometimes I read portions of …