BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Mark 15:27 – Along with Jesus, two criminals were nailed to crosses. One was at his right. And, the other was on his left.
- Matthew 27:44 – Even the criminals who were nailed to the other crosses did the same thing—they kept on insulting Jesus.
- Mark 15:32 – He is the King of Israel, the Messiah; let him come down from the cross now, so that we can see and believe!” Even the men who were nailed to other crosses were insulting Jesus.
- Philippians 1:15-18 – Some people are proclaiming Christ with motives of jealousy and bickering, but others proclaim with a good heart. 16They do it from love, knowing that I am ready to defend the gospel. 17But some announce Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely. They think they can cause trouble for me while I am in prison. 18So what!? The only important thing is that Christ is being announced! I am happy about this, whether it comes from true or false motives.b Yes, and I will be happy in the future too.
- Luke 23:39-43 – One of the criminals who was hanging there began to say awful things to Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah!? Then save yourself! And save us, too!”40But the other criminal interrupted him. He said, “You should fear God! All of us are about to die! 41You and I are guilty; we should be killed, because we did wrong. But this man Jesus has done nothing wrong!” 42Then he said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” 43Then Jesus said to him, “I am telling you the truth: Today you will be with me in Paradise!”f
- II Corinthians 6:18 – “ ‘I will be your Father. And, you will be my sons and daughters.’ (2 Samuel 7:14) says the Lord Almighty.”c
- Matthew 3:16-17 [Three years earlier] – After Jesus was immersed, he came up from the water immediately. Look, the sky was opened for him. He saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. 17Listen, a Voice came from heaven and said, “This is My Son, and I love him, I am very pleased with him!”
- Matthew 27:51-52 – Then, look, the curtain in the temple sanctuary was split into two parts—from the top to the bottom.d The earth shook. Large rocks broke apart. 52-53(Tombs were opened. After Jesus rose from the grave
- I Corinthians 13:12 – At this time, we see only a blurred image in the metal mirror. At the time of maturity, we will see plainly—as one person looking at another’s face. Now I know things only partially, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.
- Hebrews 11:8,10 – By faith, when God called Abraham to go away to a place that he would later receive as an inheritance, Abraham obeyed.f He left, not knowing where he was going…10Abraham was waiting for a city with foundations that God would design and build.
- Hebrews 11:13-16 – All of these people died having faith. They had not yet received the things which God had promised. They saw that those things were far in the future, but they welcomed them. They admitted that they were strangers on earth. It was not their home. 14When people say that sort of thing, it shows that they are looking for a home country. 15They had come from another country. They were not trying to remember what it was like. They could have gone back there, 16but they were yearning for a better country—a heavenly one. So, God prepared a city for them. He is not ashamed to be called “their God.”
- Hebrews 11:27 – By faith, Moses left Egypt behind. He was not afraid of making the king angry. Moses kept going toward the unseen One, as though he could see Him.
- Hebrews 11:35-40 – Some women received their sons back from death. Other people were told to turn against God, but they refused. So, they were not set free. Instead, they were tortured to death. They chose to have something better—when they rise from death. 36Some people were beaten and laughed at. Others were tied up and thrown in jail. 37Some people were stoned to death. Others were sawed in two. Some were murdered with swords. Others went around in sheepskins and goatskins. They really needed help. They suffered. They were mistreated. 38They wandered around in deserts, on mountains, in caves, and in holes in the ground. The world was not worthy of having these people! 39Through faith, all of these people have gained respect. However, they did not receive God’s promise! 40They would not be made perfect without us! (God had planned something better for us.)
- Hebrews 12:1-3 – We are surrounded by such a large numbera of witnesses! We must put aside anything that might slow us down. Sin can easily tie us up. Let us run with endurance the race that is ahead of us. 2Jesus endured when he had to suffer shame and die on a cross. Why? Because of the happiness that lay ahead for him. He didn’t mind the way he had to die. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the beginning and the goal of the faith. Now he sits at the right side of God’s throne. 3Think about what Jesus had to endure from sinners—they were all against him. Then you will not get too tired and give up.
- Luke 16:19-26 – Jesus said, “There was a rich man. He always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to feast and have a party every day. 20There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. His body was covered with sores. He was often put at the rich man’s gate. 21Lazarus only wanted to eat the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Instead, the dogs came and licked his sores! 22After a while, the poor man died. The angels took Lazarus and placed him in the arms of Abraham.b The rich man also died, and he was buried. 23He was sent to Hades,c and he was in much pain. The rich man saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus in his arms. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!’ 25But Abraham said, ‘My child, do you remember when you lived on earth? You had all the good things in life, but all the bad things happened to Lazarus. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. 26Also, there is a great canyon established between you people and us. No one can cross over to help you; and no one can come over here to us from there.’
- Revelation 21 describes the city of God as the New Jerusalem, and the New Jerusalem is described as the Bride of Christ, also called the Church of Christ.
- Matthew 27:52-53 – The earth shook. Large rocks broke apart. 52-53(Tombs were opened. After Jesus rose from the grave, many holy people who had died were raised from death, too. They left their tombs and went into Jerusalem.e They appeared to many people.)
- Ephesians 5:30-32 – We are members of Christ’s body. 31The Scripture says: “This is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The husband and wife will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) 32This is the great secret. (I am talking about the relationship between Christ and the people whom God has called out.)
- Revelation 21:2,9 – 2And, I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was like a bride prepared for her husband-to-be; she was beautiful…. 9One of the seven angels came. (These angels were the ones who had the seven bowls which had been full of the last seven plagues.) He spoke with me, “Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb.”
- Revelation 21:14 – The wall of the city had twelve foundations. Each foundation had the name of one of the Lamb’s apostles.
- John 14:6 – If someone does not stay in me, he is like a branch which is thrown away. He dries up. People gather dead branches and throw them into the fire, and they burn up.
- Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a businessman who is always looking for excellent pearls. 46One day he found a very beautiful pearl. He went and sold everything he owned and bought that pearl.”
- Revelation 21:12, 21 – The city had a very high wall, with twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates. Each gate had the name of one tribe of the sons of Israel written on it…21The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each gate was made of one pearl. The city’s street was made of pure gold, but you could see through it—like pure glass!
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Isaiah 53:12 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – For this reason, I will honor him as a great man.fff He will share in all thingsggg with those who are strong.hhhHe willingly gave his life.iii Yet he was treated like a criminal.jjj But he carried away the sins of many people.kkk And, he interceded for those who had rebelled.”lll
- Isaiah 52:3 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – This is what Yahweh says: “You were not sold for a price.e So, you will be redeemed without cost.”
- Psalm 24:7-10 – O gates, open up all the way! Open wide, you ancient doors!Then the glorious King will come in. 8Who is this glorious King? Yahweh, strong and mighty! Yahweh, the powerful warrior! 9O gates, open up all the way! Open wide, you ancient doors! Then the glorious King will come in. 10Who is He, this glorious King? Yahweh of the armies of heaven— He is the glorious King.a (Selah)
- Isaiah 53:11 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Having suffered many things in his life, he will seeww the lightxx of lifeyy and be satisfied.zz The One Who Is Always Present says: “By his knowledge,aaa My righteous Servantbbb will make many peopleccc right with God.ddd He will carry away their sins.eee
- Isaiah 26:1 – At that time, people will sing this song in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city.a God protects us with its strong walls and defenses.
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE