Posted by Pastoral Musings on 2nd June 2010
MT 1:20-23, LK 1:26-33 An angel announces to Joseph and/or Mary that the child (Jesus) will be “great,” the “son of the Most High,” etc., and ….
MT 3:13-17, MK 1:9-11 The baptism of Jesus is accompanied by the most extraordinary happenings, yet ….
MK 3:21 Jesus’ own relatives (or friends) attempt to constrain him, thinking that he might be out of his mind, and ….
MK 6:4-6 Jesus says that a prophet is without honor in his own house (which certainly should not have been the case considering the Annunciation and the Baptism).
It is often only by looking for fault that fault is found. So it is in this particular case.
All of the Scripture references listed above are true. Together they do not make a discrepancy or error. One only needs to remember that it was prophesied that Jesus would not be received by the people:
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ” (Isaiah 53:3, KJV)
We also read a statement in the second Psalm that is used to show that Jesus would be rejected:
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. ” (Psalm 2:2–3, KJV)
The early church recognized this as referring to the Christ (Messiah, anointed one):
“ they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. ” (Acts 4:24–28, KJV)
The glorious thing about being able to refute this “finding of an error” is the fact that once again the Gospel of Jesus can be preached. God’s love for us sinners was so great that He gave Jesus to die for our sins. He was raised from the dead and now receives, forgives, and gives eternal life to all who believe Him.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: ” (John 1:10–12, KJV)
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