Christmas version of the clip art "The Christ is born"
Friday, December 01, 2006
In Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. An angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds, and they saw a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Matthew 28:1-7, Mark 16:47, Luke 24:4-7, John20:11-13
Mary Magdalene entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "
Monday, November 13, 2006
Matthew 27:58-60, Mark 15:43-46, Luke 23:50-53, John 19:38-42.
That evening, a rich man, Joseph from Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, took Jesus' body from the cross with Pilate's permission. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, who earlier had visited Jesus at night. They wrapped Jesus' body with the spices, in strips of linen. And placed it to a new tomb.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Matthew 27:33-54, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:32-48, John 19:18-30
Jesus was crucified with two criminals at the place called Golgotha. Pilate put a sign on the cross: "This is the king of the Jews". Darkness fell as Jesus hung on the cross from noon to three. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"?which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?". People thought he was calling Ellija. And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Matthew 27:30-33, Mark 15:19-22, Luke 23:26, John 19:17.
They spit on him, and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
In John 19:17, it says, "Carrying his own cross,". It seems Jesus could not keep carrying it because he already suffered a lot by the soldiers.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Matthew 27:11-31, Mark 15:1-20, Luke 23:1-24, John 18:28-19:1.
Jesus was taken to the palace of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews? What is it you have done?" Jesus replied,"My kingdom is not of this world." "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him." But Jews shouted to crucify Jesus, and Pilate was afraid of them. Pilate released a criminal called Barabbas whom Jews wanted instead of Jesus.
Friday, October 27, 2006
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Matthew 26:57-66, Mark 14:53-64, Luke 22:66-71
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest. Caiaphas and chief priest and whole Sanhedrin was looking for false evidence against Jesus. But they could not find any they could use to put Jesus to death. Caiaphas asked Jesus "Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say. But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then Caiaphas said excitedly, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses?" They answered, "He is worthy of death!"
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62. John 18:25-27.
Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. He disowned Jesus twice more, rigfht after that a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Peter was very confident that he would never disown his Lord, but he did it three times in hours. Weak mind like myself surely need help from holy spirits to keep the faith at a difficult time.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-50, Luke 22:47-54, John 18:3-12.
Judas arrived to Gethsemane with a large crowd armed with swords and clubs. Judas said to them "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him". Judas came to Jesus and said,"Greetings, Rabbi." and kissed him. Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
All the disciples ran away.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Matthew 26:36-42, Mark 14:32-36, Luke 22:39-44
At the place called Gethsemane, Jesus took Peter, James, and John. He who was very sorrowful said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
As in Luke 22:44, 'his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.' His prayer before his death was in such an anguish.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Here, not only Thomas, but also Philip and Judas who is not Iscariot (Thaddaeus) asked Jesus for his answer. John 14 to 17 is about Jesus' final teachings to his disciples. Just full of critical teachings. Among them I picked my favourite verse.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
John 13:36-38, Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:33-34.
Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
Friday, October 20, 2006
John 13:21-30, Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23.
In the last meal, after he washed disciples feet, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me." "Lord, who is it?" John asked him. Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to Judas, "What you are about to do, do quickly.". As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Jesus got up from the meal and started to wash his disciples feet. He came to Peter. Peter said " Lord, are you going to wash my feet?". Jesus replied," You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.". "No, you shall never wash my feet!", Peter said. Jesus taught him it's necessary. When he finished washing their feet, Jesus said,"I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Matthew 26:20-29, Mark 14:17-25, Luke 22:14-20.
At the last supper of the Passover, Jesus told disciples "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, he took the cup, saying, "this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."
This is the 100th of the drawing for ChristianCliparts.net. I thank my Lord for letting me do this work.
Can you tell who's who? Please look at previous drawings of each disciple. Where is Judas?
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus told about his return. "The Son of Man will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come here. Here's the kingdom he has waiting for you. I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me'. Then those people will ask, 'When did we do these things?'. Here is the truth: whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
This is the verse of the final judgment. I was too scared to draw it from Michelangelo's point of view. But this verse also lets me consider what I am doing and what I can do for the least brothers of Jesus.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Jesus told another parable to describe God's kingdom. A man went for travel and he asked 3 of his servants to manage his money. Each servants was given amount of money according to his ability. A servant was given 5 talents, another servant was given 2 talents, and the other one was given 1 talent. When the man came back from his travel, only the servant who received 1 talent did not manage his given money and kept it buried. The master was angry about this servant and took his 1 talent and gave it to the servant with 10 talents.
These talents are the various things given to each of us from the God. There is the God's expectation on how we use it.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4.
Jesus sat down and was watching people putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw a big amount, but a poor widow put only two small copper coins. Jesus said to his disciples "I tell you the truth. This poor widow has put more into treasury than anybody. They all gave out of their wealth, but she put in everything she has - all she had to live on."
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-31.
An expert in the law, tested Jesus asking what is the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Jesus quoted these from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26.
Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus, asking if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar.
Jesus who knew their plan already said "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax. Whose portrait is this? and whose inscription?" "Caesar's." they replied. Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." By this answer they were amazed and lost the ways to trap Jesus.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Jesus told Pharisees another parable, which was about a wedding feast the King prepared for his son. King sent his servants to inform the guest of the wedding that the feast is ready. But the people invited to the wedding did not care about it and they just went away for their own work. Other invited people hurt the king's servants and killed them. The king was so enraged and destroyed those murderers and burned their cities. Then, the king ordered his servants to bring people from the streets, no matter they were good or bad. The feast was eventually filled with guests. The king noticed a man who was not wearing wedding clothes, he asked this man why, but the man did not answer. The king ordered to tie this man up and throw him out of the feast.
Then Jesus said, "Many are invited but few are chosen".
Friday, September 29, 2006
Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19.
At the temple. Jesus told a parable of vineyard. A man was renting a vineyard and winery there. At harvest time, his servants went there to collect his share of fruit. But the renters beat one servant and killed another and stoned the third. The man sent more servants but the renters treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his own son, expecting them to respect him, but they killed him too.
Then, Jesus asked chief priests, "What would this owner do to the renters?". They answered "He will put those villains to death and rent the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the harvest.". "Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to people who will produce its fruit."
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14, Mark 11:20-24.
Jesus found a fig tree on the way to Jerusalem from Bethany. He noticed there were no fruit on that tree. He cursed the tree saying "May you never bear fruit again." Immediately the tree withered. Disciples were amazed by watching this. Jesus said to them "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.".
This is a rather difficult part to understand. Jesus cursed a fig tree and killed it...? It seems this was implying the destiny of Jerusalem which did not bear fruit.
Reference:Faith of a mustard seed
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 20:45-46.
Jesus found many people were buying and selling when he entered the temple. He drove them all out, and knocked over the table of moneychangers and seats of dove sellers. and said "This is written in the scriptures, 'My house will be called a house of prayer', but you are making it a den of thieves".
Jesus did the same thing previously (John 2:14), it seems temples are very good place for merchants to do their job because many people are coming. The Scripture Jesus quoted is Isaiah 56:7.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
When Jesus came near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept for it. "If only you know things which belong to the peace today! but they are hidden from your eyes. Your enemy will come surrounding you, and defeat you and your children onto the ground. They will not leave one stone upon another. This is because you didn't know the time of God's visit".
In AD 70, Jerusalem fell by Romans, and what Jesus said here was fulfilled.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Matthew 21:7-11, Mark 11:7-10, Luke 19:36-40, John 12:12-15.
On the way to Jerusalem, people covered the path with their cloaks. Others spread palm leaves in the way. People praised God loudly and joyfully. "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!".
Some Pharisees asked Jesus to stop them. Then Jesus answered, "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Matthew 21:1-7, Mark 11:1-7, Luke 19:29-35.
In Jerusalem, Jesus ordered two disciples to go into the village ahead of him, and said "You will find a colt tied, which never have been ridden. Untie it and bring it to me. If anyone asked why you do it, just say that your Lord needs it.".
They went into the village and they found a colt as Jesus said to them. Jesus rode this donkey from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem.
Long before Jesus was born, Zachariah the prophet said this would happen, which is in Zechariah 9:9.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-8
Jesus was having supper at a house in Bethany. A woman came to Jesus and poured very expensive ointment into his head. Disciples got angry and said "What a waste!!, we could sell that and give the money to the poor!". Then Jesus said "Don't trouble her, she's done a good for me, she did it for my burial. Listen to this, the gospel will be preached all over the world, what this woman did for me will be remembered."
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43.
Near Jericho, a blind man whose name was Bartimaeus was sitting by the road and begging. As soon as he knew Jesus was walking by, he started shout "Have mercy on me!". Some one tried to stop him, then he shouted louder "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped, and healed him, then said "Your faith saved you".
He could see instantly and followed Jesus. He was not only healed his eyes but also he was saved.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Jesus told his disciples a parable to explain what "who are the first will be the last, and many who are the last will be the first" is like.
Workers were sent to a vineyard to work for a denarius.
Some workers could start to work in the morning, some could start only at 5 in the evening.
All the workers got paid a denarius including workers started late. Workers started early complained to the master about why they got paid the same even they started earlier. The master told one of them "You agreed to being paid a denarius, and I would like to pay the same for the last one too. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money?"
So, the last will be the first, and the first will be the last.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Some people took their children to Jesus to be touched by him. Disciples noticed this and rebuked them. Then Jesus said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." and he also said that anyone would never enter to the kingdom of God unless they receive it like a child.
Reference: Humble as little child
Monday, September 18, 2006
Jesus told a parable for those who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down other people.
A Pharisee and a tax collector were praying at the temple. The Pharisee prayed and thanked God, saying that he was a right person, was not a sinner, and was doing right things for God. The tax collector prayed to beg the forgiveness recognising he was a sinner.
Jesus said that it was not the Pharisee, but it was this tax collector who was justified before God.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Jesus told a parable for people to pray always and not to faint. It was about an unjust judge and an importunate widow. This widow was not judged fairly by this unjust judge who were not afraid of God and did not respect people. The widow always came to him and asked to judge fairly again and again and again, so that the unjust judge decided that he would judge her fairly because she was so importunate.
Then Jesus said "Why don't the God judge quickly and fairly for people who are crying day and night for the fair judgement? The God will avenge them speedily."
As in the parable of "A gentile dog", it's very important key to keep pray and ask with hope and faith to the Lord.
Friday, September 15, 2006
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus healed 10 people who were suffering by leprosy. Among those ten people, only one Samaritan came back to Jesus and praised God. Jesus asked this Samaritan "Weren't there ten people cleansed? Where are the nine?".
The other nine was satisfied by just the healing on them, but only this Samaritan recognised real salvation by Jesus.
Jesus said to him. "Arise and go, your faith healed you."
Thursday, September 14, 2006
A rich man died and went to the hell, looked up and saw Lazarus, who was a begger in front of this rich man's house and suffered with sores when he was alive, with Abraham. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to give him a drop of water. Abraham said there was a great gulf no one could cross between the rich man and them, then the rich man asked Abraham to raise Lazarus from the dead to warn his brothers. Abraham did not agree to it.
This is such a scary parable. Some description of hell is very scary too, and that's eternal.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
This is the one of most famous Jesus' parable about the prodigal son. This young man came back to his father with repentance for what he did. His father was so glad that the lost son got back and held a big celebration. His brother was jealous because he did always good following his father. Father said to him. "You are always with me. Everything that's mine is yours. We must celebrate because your brother was lost and has been found."
We can clearly see that the God wants us to come back with repentance, God will welcome us just like this father did.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Pharisees and other lawyers were murmured saying "Jesus welcomes sinners and even eats with them." Jesus told them a parable about one lost sheep. "You have a hundred sheep and you lost one of them. Don't you leave the 99 sheep to look for the lost one? When you find it, you would be very pleased laying the sheep on your shoulder. Listen, there is a great joy in heaven when one sinner turns away from sin, more than 99 people who need no repentance."
Monday, September 11, 2006
Jesus said a parable when he was talking to Pharisees and lawyers. It's about a man who made a great supper and he invited many people, but most of them didn't come for various excuses. The man get angry about them and told servant to bring people who are poor, blind, or lame from the streets of the city. Even though servant got them all, the house was not full yet. The man ordered the servant again to bring people by all means. Then Jesus said that "For I tell you that none of those who were invited will taste of my supper".
In this parable, the man is the God. Jesus was the invitation from the God. People like Pharisees did not see the importance of that invitation and did not come to it.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
A woman whose body had been bent for 18 years came into the synagogue where Jesus was teaching people. Jesus healed her by touching. She instantly stood up straight and praised God. It was a Sabbath. The leader of the synagogue was angry because Jesus healed the woman on the sabbath. Jesus answered. "You, hypocrite, you give your donkey water even it's on a sabbath. This woman is a daughter of Abraham and Satan kept her body bent for 18 years. Shouldn't she be healed?". People rejoiced by what Jesus did and those who were against Jesus were put to shame.
Definition of sabbath in the bible is a little delicate matter. This verse is showing Jesus' attitude to the misinterpretation of sabbath.
If this law were still effective today, it would be major disorder in society.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Even it was very dangerous, Jesus went to Judea to resurrect Lazarus who was a brother of Martha and Mary. It's been four days since he died. Jesus asked Martha "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me may die, but they will live again. Do you believe this?" Martha replied, "I believe in you". Many people were weeping, even Jesus was weeping too. Jesus said loudly "Lazarus, come out!". Then Lazarus came out from his grave.
They all there witnessed the glory of God.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Zacchaeus climbed a tree because he was too short to see Jesus in a crowd. Jesus found him and told him that he was going to stay at Zacchaeus' home. Zacchaeus was so happy, but others were surprised because Jesus said that he would stay at a sinner's home.
Zacchaeus needed Jesus so much, it must have been embarrassing to climb on a tree but he did not care, and he changed a lot when he saw Jesus. It seems this is a case that a camel went through a needle's eye.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Jesus was explaining why the blind man followed him. He said "The shepherd knows his sheep by name, sheep know his voice so they won't follow a stranger. I am the good shepherd giving the life for the sheep. And I am the door, anyone who enters trough me will be saved. The thieves come to kill sheep, but I came that people would have life. I know my own sheep and my sheep know me. Just like the father knows me and I know my Father.". Some Jews did not like that Jesus said God was his father, and tried to throw stones to Jesus.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
People took the man, who was blind and was healed by Jesus, to Pharisees because Jesus did it on the Sabbath. What happened to the man confused Pharisees and Pharisees did not want to believe it. Their hatred to Jesus grown bigger, and could not accept it because of their arrogance.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
John 9:1-9. In Jerusalem, Jesus saw a born blind man. Disciples asked whether his sin or his paretns' sin caused it. Jesus answered saying that this was happening so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. Then he made some mud with his saliva and put it on blind man's eyes and told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. His eyes opened when he did it.
What people said about him must have taken any hope from him. Only Jesus told something totally different and wonderful about him.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4.
There are two occations in the Bible Jesus taught how to say prayer. One is in Matthew, in the teaching on the mountain top. The other is in Luke. What we pray in the church service is usually the one in Matthew.
Friday, September 01, 2006
When Jesus was at Martha and Mary's house, Mary sat at Jesus' feet and was listening to him. Martha complained about having to be serving people alone with no help from Mary. Jesus said to Martha that there is only one thing that is needed, and Mary has chosen the good one. That won't be taken from her.
Maybe Jesus wanted Marta to listen to him as well, and that might have been the only necessary thing there.
I found a wonderful blog introducing this blog site. This kind of encouragement gives me great amount of motivation to keep this blog going. Thank you Kathy!! I am very happy to know we both are working for our Lord in the same will.
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