Does Jesus ever lie? Of course not.
But when Jesus says, “Do this, and you will live” (Luke 10:28), does He mean it? If the lawyer “does this,” if he loves God and neighbor, he’ll inherit eternal life—is that what Jesus means?
Actually, yes. What Jesus says is true, of course. Keep the Law in its totality, and you will live eternally.
But St. Paul writes, and this is also true, “If a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law” (Galatians 3:21).
The clear implication there is that there’s no law given that could give us life.
It’s impossible for us to keep the Law unto eternal life, and we’re commanded to do so. (more…)
“He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37).
But who is He?
If we think back to Creation, Moses tells us who He is, who has done all things well, when he writes, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Only God can make the deaf hear and the mute speak, and no one is good but God alone, so, doing all things well, is here identified as God in the flesh.
It’s God, in the flesh, interacting with this man. The Creator with His creation. (more…)
“The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thusly: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other” (Luke 18:11-14).
With this parable, no one has a problem identifying right and wrong. We all know that the Pharisee is wrong. (more…)
Luke 19:41 And when [Jesus] drew near and saw [Jerusalem], he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
When you hear the word visitation, something very specific may come to mind, but when Jesus uses the word visitation, what does He mean?