I’ve written another guest post over at Easter Challenge 2012, this week it’s on Matthew 9-12.

Easter Challenge 2012

It always amazes me the breadth of different things that stand out in scripture every time you read through it. As I read, I remarked other things I’ve taken notice of in the past, but as I looked at my notes, there was one theme that seemed to stand out to me this time around:

Words.

This intrigued me as I looked over the verses I had highlighted, but it’s true:

Jesus made a big deal of words.

“For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?”

The Gospel writers were very deliberate in their recording of Jesus’ words. They wanted to make sure that Jesus’ teachings were as clear as possible for their audiences, and not hindered by details that didn’t fit with their message. That’s why there are differences in the Gospel accounts—each author sought to distill the story…

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