Synoptic Gospels


The Empty Tomb that Wasn't Empty

With a gesture, he indicated the funeral bench on which Nicodemus and Joseph had left the body. The women’s eyes fell upon the Master’s abandoned grave clothes. They saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth which had been on His head.


The Last Temptation of Messiah

The Master felt the malevolent power of evil bearing down on Him. “And behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him” (Genesis 15:12). “The cords of death encompassed [Him] and the terrors of Sheol came upon [Him; He] found distress and sorrow” (Psalm 116:3). In that hour, He did not want to be utterly alone.


Denied before the Angels

The Roman government instituted a policy of arresting people suspected of faith in Messiah and interrogating them before a tribunal. If a suspected “Christian” disowned the name of Yeshua and bowed to an idol, the Roman authorities released him or her. If not, the disciple faced a death sentence.


Hated by Everyone

Yeshua warned His disciples that a time of strife would come during which family members might betray them: “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name.” When will these things happen?


Coming Persecution

Rabbi Yeshua’s disciples could anticipate standing trial before the synagogue beit din, before the local Roman administrator, or even before kings and emperors. It was necessary for membership in the Jewish community, but it was a voluntary choice to be made. Submission to the Roman authority, on the other hand, was mandatory.


Eat What is Set Before You

Rabbi Yeshua warned his disciples not to refuse the food set before them. He told them, “Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you” (Luke 10:8). Does this mean that Yeshua wanted His disciples to abandon the Torah’s dietary laws and Jewish standards?


Shaking the Dust from their Feet

Yeshua warned His disciples that not every place would receive their message. He told them not to waste time arguing or trying to persuade people. Instead, He told them to leave that place, and He said, "As you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them" (Mark 6:11).


The Prophet's Reward

In the days of the apostles, Jewish families considered it a great privilege to be able to host a priest, a teacher, or a rabbi in their home. By providing hospitality to the servants of God, one could hope for...


He Who Receives You

Yeshua told them, “Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace be to this house"; (Luke 10:5), a Jewish salutation and blessing of peace upon the family. The Master said, "If a [son] of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you" (Luke 10:6).


The Workman's Hire

The Master warned the disciples not to pedal miracles or charge for their services. The work of the Holy Spirit cannot be purchased, nor can it be sold. Likewise, the sages warned their disciples against turning the Torah into a shovel with which to dig, i.e., making one’s living from teaching Torah.