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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem (Part 5) – The Gospels Merged

June 4, 2012 by  
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Section 101 – The Return of the Son of Man

       (Lk. 17:20-37)

3 One time –having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming– Jesus answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not arrive with visible displays; nor will people be able to say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ Because, see –the kingdom of God is R inside you.”
And He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. And people will tell you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ But do not go out, and do not follow them. For just like the lightning –flashing out of one part of the sky and shining to the other part of the sky– so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so also it will be in the days of the Son of Man: people were eating and drinking, they were marrying and were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark –and the flood came and destroyed them all.
“It was the same in the days of Lot: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building; but on the day that Lot went away from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all.
“It will be just like that on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, the person who is on the roof, with his belongings in the house, must not go down to take them out; and likewise, the person who is in the field must not turn back to the things that are left behind. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to preserve his own life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed –one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding flour with each other –one will be taken but the other will be left. [Two men will be in the field –one will be taken and the other will be left.”]
Then they asked Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will also be gathered.”

Section 102 – The Parable of the Persistent Widow

       (Lk. 18:1-8)

3 Then Jesus told them a parable to show that they should always pray and not lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not care about man. And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused; but eventually he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor care about man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her justice, or she will finally wear me out with her continual coming.’ ”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. So then, will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones who cry to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Section 103 – The Parable of Two Praying Men

       (Lk. 18:9-14)

3 And to some who were confident that they were righteous and despised everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray –one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed these words to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men: swindlers, unjust, adulterers –or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but he kept beating his chest, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
“I tell you, this man went back to his house justified by God rather than the other –for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Section 104 – Teaching on Divorce

       (Mt. 19:3-12; Mk. 10:2-12; Lk. 16:18)

1 Some Pharisees came up to Him, to test Him by asking, “Is it lawful 2 for a man 1 to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 3 But He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 1 And He said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. –Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
1 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command a man to give a certificate of divorce, and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses 2 wrote you this commandment and 1 permitted you to divorce your wives –but it has not been this way from the beginning. But I say to you: that whoever divorces his wife –except for sexual immorality– and marries another, commits adultery; 3 also, the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
2 Then in the house, the disciples questioned Him about this again –and He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is committing adultery against her; and if a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”
1 The disciples said to Him, “If such is the case between a husband and wife –it is better not to marry.” But He said to them, “Not everyone can accept this precept –but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made that way by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

Section 105 – Jesus Blesses Little Children

       (Mt. 19:13-15; Mk. 10:13-16; Lk. 18:15-17)

1 Then little children were brought to Him, so that He might 2 touch them, 1 lay His hands on them and pray for them 3 –and they were even bringing their babies to Him so that He would touch them; but when the disciples saw this, they began rebuking rebuking them.
2 However, when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and 3 called the children to Him, saying 2 to them, “Let the children come to Me, 1 and do not prevent them from coming to Me, for the kingdom of God 1 –heaven– belongs to such as these. 3 Truly I say to you: whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will by no means enter it at all.” 2 —And he took them up in His arms, and 1 when He had placed His hands on them, 2 He blessed them.

Section 106 – The Death and Raising of Lazarus

       (Jn. 11:1-44)

4 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany –the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair –it was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, look, he whom You love is sick.”
But when He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death –it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were recently seeking to stone You –and You are going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees by the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because he does not have any light.”
After He said these things, then He told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there so that I may wake him up.” The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was talking about literal sleep.
So then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead –and for your sakes I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Therefore Thomas (who is called Didymus) said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”
So when Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem –about Sthree kilometers off– and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him –but Mary stayed in the house.
Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even though he dies –and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she said to Him, “I believe that You are the AMessiah, the Son of God –Who was to come into the world.”
After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and said in a whisper, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” And when Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Him. Now Jesus had not yet entered into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw how quickly Mary got up and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
So when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled, and He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord –come and see.”
Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not He, who opened the eyes of a blind man, also have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again giving a deeply troubled sigh from within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
But Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, “Lord, by this time he stinks, because he has been dead four days!”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but I said it because of the people standing around here, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”
When He had said these things, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus –come out!” The man who had died came out, bound hand and foot with linen strips, and with a cloth wrapped around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him, and let him go.”

Section 107 – The Plot to Kill Jesus

       (Jn. 11:45-54)

4 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in Him –but some of them went back to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin, and they said, “What are we to do? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him –and then the Romans will come and take away both our holy place and our nation.”
But one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! –nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man die for the people, than that the whole nation perish.”
Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation –and not only for that nation, but also for the children of God who are scattered abroad, so that He might gather them together into one body. So from that day on they made plans as to how they might kill Him.
Therefore Jesus no longer walked around publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

Section 108 – The Rich Young Ruler

       (Mt. 19:16-26; Mk. 10:17-27; Lk. 18:18-27)

2 And as He started on His way, 1 then, 3 a certain ruler 1 came 2 running up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked, “Good Teacher, 1 what good thing must I do 2 to inherit eternal life? 3 But Jesus said to him, 1 “Why are you asking Me about what is ‘good’? 3 Why do you call Me ‘good’? –No one is good except One –God alone. 1 But if you want to enter into life, obey the commandments.”
So he said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, 2 “You know the commandments: 1 –‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; 2 Do not steal; Do not give false testimony; Do not defraud; Honor your father and mother,’ 1 and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
3 So 1 the young man 2 said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up 1 –what am I still lacking?” 3 And upon hearing this 2 –looking at him, Jesus loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. 1 If you want to be complete, go and sell 2 all 1 your possessions 3 and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven —and come, follow Me.”
1 But when the young man 3 heard these things, he became very sad, 2 and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned great possessions 3 –he was extremely rich. And seeing him, 2 Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 1 “I tell you the truth: 2 how hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter into the kingdom of God!”
2 And the disciples were amazed at His words, but Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is [for those who trust in riches] to enter the kingdom of God! 3 For 1 again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a sewing needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
1 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished, 2 and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?” 1 But looking straight at them, Jesus said to them, “With men it is impossible –but not with God; 2 for all things are possible with God.”


       (Mt. 19:27-29; Mk. 10:28-31; Lk. 18:28-30)

1 Then Peter 2 began to say 1 to Him in reply, “Look, we have left everything 3 –our own homes– and followed You! 1 What then will there be for us?
And Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: At the regeneration of all things –when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne– you who have followed me will also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” 3 –And He said to them, “I tell you the truth: There is no one who has left 1 houses 3 or wife or brothers 1 or sisters or father or mother, or children or lands for My name’s sake 2 and for the sake of the gospel 3 –for the sake of the kingdom of God– who will not receive many times 2 –a hundred times– 3 as much in this 2 present age (houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields –and with them persecutions) –and in the age to come, 1 will inherit eternal life.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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