The author of Acts indicated that they sailed away (ἡμεῖς δὲ ἐξεπλεύσαμεν) from Philippi (ἀπὸ Φιλίππων) after the days of Unleavened Bread (μετὰ τὰς ἡμέρας τῶν ἀζύμων ἀπὸ Φιλίππων). In five days (ἄχρι ἡμερῶν πέντε), they joined them (καὶ ἤλθομεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς) in Troas (εἰς τὴν Τρῳάδα). They stayed there for seven days (ὅπου διετρίψαμεν ἡμέρας ἑπτά). Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐξεπλεύσαμεν, that means to sail away. Once again, they still celebrated the Jewish festival of the Unleavened Bread in Philippi with the other Christian Jewish followers. The author of Acts mentioned that “we” sailed with them. The trip from Philippi to Troas was a little over a hundred miles. Paul had earlier been there in Troas in chapter 16:12. Once they got to Troas, they stayed there for a week, seven days. Do you celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread, Passover?
After more than six months, I have finally finished the fourth book of the New Testament, the Gospel of John. I have now finished the four canonical gospels. Every time I finish a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 11,120 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first four books of the New Testament. It has taken me six years to get this done.
Over 1,000 people have emailed me that they are following this project in some form or another. 209 people follow this blog every day. Many people have visited this site. The highest recent month was September, 2019 when 2,056 people visited this site. There have been over 64,773 hits on this blog since its inception. I just want to thank all of you. Word Press sent me a yearly compilation that showed that about 6,800 people from 84 countries visited this web site in 2015.
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Jesus asked Simon Peter three times if he loved him. He told him that when he was old, others would lead him. He was to follow Jesus. But Peter wanted to know the fate of the disciple whom Jesus loved. Jesus said that he would remain until Jesus would come back. Did this mean that the beloved disciple would not die? This beloved disciple wrote this book. However, a lot more could be written. Have you read much about Jesus?
The final chapter spoke about the post-resurrection appearance of Jesus to his disciples in Galilee, the miraculous catch of fish, the prophecy of the crucifixion of Peter, the restoration of Peter, and the fate of the beloved disciple. Jesus revealed himself at the Sea of Tiberias. The disciples were there together as they went fishing. Jesus was on the beach. He asked them if they caught any fish. Suddenly, they had a big catch after having caught nothing all night. Simon Peter dove into the water, while the other disciples came in a boat. They had fish and bread. They caught one hundred and fifty-three fish. They knew that Jesus was the Lord. Then he gave them the bread and the fish. This was the third revelation of Jesus to his disciples. Would you recognize the risen Jesus?
Thomas was not there with the other apostles, who had seen the Lord. Eight days later Jesus appeared again. This time Thomas believed and said “My Lord and my God”. Jesus said that blessed were those who believed without seeing. John concluded this gospel by saying that Jesus did many other signs, but these would suffice to have people believe in Jesus Christ. Are you able to believe in Jesus without ever seeing him in person?
Mary Magdalene was crying by the tomb, when she saw two angels. She explained that they had taken Jesus away. Then Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and they had a conversation. Mary Magdalene called Jesus a teacher. Jesus said that he was going to ascend to his Father. Then Mary Magdalene went to the disciples. On the same day, Jesus appeared to the disciples, who were happy to see him. Jesus said “Peace be with you!” They received the Holy Spirit and the power to forgive sins. What would you do if you saw the resurrected Jesus?
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, where the stone at the entrance was gone. She thought that someone had stolen the body of Jesus. Then Peter went to the tomb. Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb, but the other disciple did not go into the tomb. However, Simon Peter went into the tomb. He saw the head cloth by itself. Then the other disciple believed. They still did not understand the resurrection, so that they left the tomb. Do you understand the resurrection of Jesus?
Jesus said it was finished. The soldiers wanted to break the legs of the crucified men. Thus, they broke the legs of two other crucified individuals, but Jesus was already dead. Instead, they pierced the side of Jesus. This testimony was true. Jesus had no broken bones, but they pierced him. Joseph of Arimathea got the body of Jesus from Pilate. With Nicodemus, they wrapped the body of Jesus and put it in a new tomb that was nearby. Have you ever been near a dead body right after the person died?
Jesus went to Golgotha for his crucifixion. The inscription on the cross was in three-languages. It said that he was the King of the Jews. The Jewish leaders complained, but Pilate said that he had written it, and that was that. The Roman soldiers shared Jesus’ garments, but they cast lots for his tunic. There were three women named Mary standing at the cross. Jesus said to his mother “Woman! Behold your son!” Then he said to his beloved disciple “Behold! Your mother!” Jesus was thirsty, so that they gave him some sour wine from a jar there. Would you have gone to the crucifixion of Jesus?
Jesus went to the Roman praetorium. Pilate asked about the accusations against Jesus. Was he an evildoer? They said that they could not put Jesus to death. How was Jesus to die? Pilate asked Jesus if he was the king of the Jews. Jesus asked him why he had said that. Pilate wanted to know what he had done. Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. He was born to tell the truth. But Pilate asked him “What is truth?” Finally, he said that he found no guilty case against Jesus. Who was he going to release? Would it be Barabbas? Then, Pilate tortured Jesus. The soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus and called out “Hail! King of the Jews!” Pilate then brought Jesus out and said “Behold the man!” However, the crowd called out “Crucify him!” They said that Jesus had called himself the Son of God. Pilate was afraid, so he asked where Jesus was from. Pilate explained that he had the power over his life. Jesus responded that all power was from above. Meanwhile, the crowd said that Pilate was not Caesar’s friend. Pilate brought Jesus out and said “Behold your king!” The crowd responded that they had no king other than the Emperor Caesar. Then, Pilate handed Jesus over to be killed. Would you have been one of the people in this crowd shouting out to crucify Jesus?