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FROM THE EDITOR

When Jesus Knows What We Don’t

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Once while preaching, Jesus looked up at His followers and said, “Blessed are you who

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are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Luke 6:20–

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21 esv). Perhaps the poor who were listening were at first enthralled by His passion, but then thought, “How can He say that? How can a poor rabbi fix this mess?” But

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Jesus knew something they didn’t. When I work with homeless people, they often say the same thing that the crowd said to Peter and the other disciples (Acts 2:12–13): “Are you drunk? How can Jesus, a poor

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rabbi, perform miracles? How can He fix this mess?” But I know something they don’t.

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Jesus’ disciples changed when He told them what He knew. The hearts of our friends can change when we share what we know too: Resurrection is coming (Mark 8:31–38).

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Jesus has risen (Luke 24:1–12). He has risen indeed.

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As you study the Bible this Easter season, remember that Jesus can bring resurrection to your life. As Paul said,

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“Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father [so that] we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:4–5 esv). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ [they are a] new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself” (2 Cor 5:17–18 esv adapted). If we believe, the poor rabbi can “fix this mess”: He can fix you and me (John 12:36–43; Isa 6:10). The Son of God raised people (John 11:28–44), healed people (Luke 4:16–37), and brought peace to those with heavy burdens (Matt 11:25–29; Heb 13:20–21). He can still do that now. How do I know? I have watched it happen. When you see someone completely change and begin living for Christ, you know that Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:17–27).

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead and on the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

ABOUT US Bible Study Magazine is a non-denominational publication dedicated to providing readers with tools and methods for Bible study, as well as insights from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians and archaeologists. Some readers may disagree at times with some of the content, but we hope that overall, you will find the magazine helpful and insightful. May God bless you in your pursuit of Him and in your study of the Bible. — Editorial Board, Bible Study Magazine

— Apostles’ Creed

John D. Barry editor-in-chief

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