The Declarations of Jesus To His Disciples And Their Validity

Salvation was reserved for the select few
 Jesus claimed that he revealed the meaning of his esoteric declarations (the parables) only to his disciples (Matthew 13:10-11; Mark 4:10-12, 34; Luke 8:9-10).  Yet even that was untrue. Jesus knew very well that the disciples did not understand everything he told them (Mark 9:32; Luke 9:45, 18:34) and Jesus said and did things secretively so that the multitudes should not understand him.  Why the secrecy?  Why not a public proclamation instead? 

Was Jesus Actually Scourged Before Pilate?

The rest of the story
John’s claim that Jesus was “scourged” during the trial before Pilate (John 19:1) leaves open the extent of injury incurred by Jesus at the hands of the Romans.  Generally, the normal Roman thoroughness, when it came to torture, would have left no doubts of torture being inflicted. Jesus would have bled profusely and would have had great difficulty standing on his feet. 

To Whom The “Arm of The Lord” Has Been Revealed


 53:1:  “Who would have believed our report [literally, “what we have heard”]?”

As we enter chapter 53, a change of speakers occurs.  In Isaiah 52:13-15 God is the speaker, now in verses 1-8 it is as if it were the representative spokesman for the gentile nations who is speaking.  The spokesman declares:  “Who would have believed our report?” 

Isaiah 53, Micah 7 and Isaiah 62

By Rabbi Yisroel Blumenthal Isaiah 53 (52:13 – 53:12) describes the servant of the Lord who shocks the world with his unexpected exaltation. The prophet presents us with the shocked words of the onlookers as they express their astonishment. From these words we learn that the onlookers were intimately familiar with the servant long before [Read More]