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Matthew's Gospel is first for the Jews and Luke's Gospel is for the Gentile. The focus of Matthew is that Jesus is "the King of the Jews", the Messiah promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, who would be a direct-line descendant of King David, etc. The original purpose of Matthew's Gospel was for the Jews, and Papias tells us that Matthew's Gospel was first ...


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Daniel 9:25 So are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince ...


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Yet the Lord was willing To crush Him, causing Him to suffer; If He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10 AMP


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There's tons of OT verses that foreshadow the Messiah, who aligns with the Jesus of NT. In fact, you can say that almost every Bible hero is a proto-Jesus of the NT Jesus. It's almost as if Christianity begun as a legitimate sect of Judaism in its early stages before the drama ensued and now, Judaism and Christianity are seen as radically different. Also, I'...


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Although Jews reject Jesus as their awaited Messiah, mostly they admit Jesus as a historical figure, many times as a prophet, just as their ancestors did 2k years ago. Remember, not only Jesus but also all the disciples also only had old testament that they could refer to, to preach gospel of Jesus Christ. The scripture (old testament) was prepared for ...


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When did Christmas (the birth of Christ) first begin as a Christian celebration? According to St. John Chrysostom the custom of celebrating the Solemnity of our Saviour’s Nativity in his Homily for this Feast, that the Western Churches had, from the very commencement of Christianity, kept it on December 25th. Here is what Dom Guéranger, the foremost ...


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Christianity is an act of faith. Faith is the belief in something unproven. There is no way of proving the Divinity of Christ, if there were any way to do so Christianity would not be faith it would be fact. John 3:15 through 18 KJV That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only ...


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One of the earliest records of celebrating Christ's birthday is from St. Theophilus (✝181 AD), bishop of Cæsarea, who wrote: We ought to celebrate the birthday of our Lord on what day soever the 25th of December shall happen. Magdeburgenses, Cent. 2. c. 6. Hospinian, De origine Festorum Chirstianorum. cited in: Taylor R. Marshall, God’s Birthday: Why ...


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In Luke 24, Jesus says this to the two men walking to Emmaus: 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures ...


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One of the earliest records of celebrating Christ's birthday is from St. Theophilus (✝181 AD), bishop of Cæsarea, who wrote: We ought to celebrate the birthday of our Lord on what day soever the 25th of December shall happen. Magdeburgenses, Cent. 2. c. 6. Hospinian, De origine Festorum Chirstianorum. cited in: Taylor R. Marshall, God’s Birthday: Why ...


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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday? A valid question to say the least, but the short answer seems to be simply: no. The Catholic Church has no such tradition from the Early Church or Church Fathers. The known Apocrypha are equally silent on this issue. The big problem with the Ancient Jews celebrating birthdays at the time of Christ is that the ...


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Jesus went to prepare a place for us. In the Temple of God. The Body of Christ. He prepared it by sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We each are living stones, fitted together. This doesn't preclude an afterlife in "Heaven". But it emphasizes our responsibilities in the present.


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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles? 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as ...


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Jesus made a lot of claims. Which ones did you have in mind? That He was the Christ, the Son of God, and the Son of Man? Or that he would rise from the dead after his burial? Perhaps Peter was the first to understand the significance of who Jesus was. When Jesus asked him, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:27-30). This ...


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This is what Jesus said: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah ...


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The phrasing of the question is a bit tricky because it assumes the first believer was a disciple. It may also assume a certain gender. So I have provided three answers, but in the apparent order of actual belief. First are some guards at the tomb. Second is Mary Magdalene and probably the other women. Third is the male disciples. FIRST GUARDS If we ...


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This is a good question, but rather than answer it I'm going to explain how to find this for yourself. The simple approach is to start reading each of the four gospels, and see what they describe about people following Jesus. This will not take you very long, as all of the gospels talk about Jesus' followers very early on. You will encounter the 'first' ...


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