the Gospel of Matthew

Hesychasm

What Is Hesychasm? Hesychasm is a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Based on Jesus’s injunction in the Gospel of Matthew that “when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray”,[1] hesychasm in tradition has been the process of retiring inward by ceasing to register the senses, in order to...

Jesus, King of The Jews

Jesus, King of The Jews In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews (or of the Judeans), both at the beginning of his life and at the end. In the Koine Greek of the New Testament, e.g., in John 19:3, this is written Basileus ton Ioudaion (βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων).[1] Both uses of the...

Five Discourses of Matthew

Five Discourses of Matthew In Christianity, the term Five Discourses of Matthew refers to five specific discourses by Jesus within the Gospel of Matthew.[1][2] The five discourses are listed as the following: the Sermon on the Mount, the Missionary Discourse, the Parabolic Discourse, the Discourse on the Church, and the Discourse on End Times. Each of the discourses...

Temptation of Christ

Temptation of Christ The temptation of Christ is a biblical narrative detailed in the Gospels of Matthew,[1] Mark[2] and Luke.[3] According to these texts, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, Satan appeared to Jesus and tried to tempt...

Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanianside of the Jordan River are the location for the Baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist.

Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus The baptism of Jesus is described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John’s gospel does not directly describe Jesus’ baptism. Most modern theologians view the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist as a historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be...

Kingdom of God in Christianity

Kingdom of God in Christianity The Kingdom of God (and its related form Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel of Matthew) is one of the key elements of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.[1] Drawing on Old Testament teachings, the Christian characterization of the relationship between God and humanity inherently involves the notion of...

Beatitudes

Beatitudes, Blessings of Jesus Christ The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, followed by four woes which mirror the blessings.[1] In the Vulgate, each of these blessings begins with the...

Olivet Discourse

Olivet Discourse The Olivet Discourse or Olivet prophecy is a biblical passage found in the Synoptic Gospels in Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. It is also known as the Little Apocalypse because it includes the use of apocalyptic language, and it includes Jesus’ warning to his followers that they will suffer tribulation and persecution before the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom of God.[1] The...

Sermon on The Mount

Sermon on The Mount The Sermon on the Mount (anglicized from the Matthean Vulgate Latin section title: Sermo in monte) is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus Christ, which emphasizes his moral teaching found in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 5, 6, and 7).[1][2] It is the first of the Five Discourses of Matthew and takes place relatively early in the Ministry of Jesus after he has...

Tree of Jesse

Tree of Jesse The Tree of Jesse is a depiction in art of the ancestors of Christ, shown in a tree which rises from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David and is the original use of the family tree as a schematic representation of a genealogy. It originates in a passage in the biblical Book of...

Who Bore Burden For Jesus?

Who Bore Burden For Jesus? A friend asked me; ‘Does anybody know of another person than Jesus who is said to have claimed to be sinless (no “burdened soul”) himself and to atone for men’s sins (to “bear another’s burden”)?’ Children are sinless unless you believe children who don’t survive...

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Was Jesus Sent To Be Crucified?

Was Jesus Sent To Be Crucified? One of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity is that Jesus had died and allowed for the shedding of his blood for the sake of granting forgiveness to people. In other words Jesus had died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Let...

Sacrifice Or Love?

Sacrifice Or Love? Dear Friends, I have read and been told; “Jesus dying on the cross is a demonstration of how much God loves us. God wants us to see that, by sacrificing Jesus on the cross, it is a demonstration of His love.” This has been a puzzle to...

Money And Field

Money And Field The Gospel of Barnabas says that the Body of Jesus was switched with the body of Judas on the Cross, so that it was Judas and not Jesus who had died. Is there truth to this claim? Let’s have a closer look into the Bible and see...

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