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January 10th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

Explain it to me: John 3:16

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) – When quarterback Tim Tebow threw an 80-yard touchdown pass Sunday to secure an overtime victory for his Denver Broncos over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers, some saw a biblical connection.

The completion gave Tebow, an outspoken evangelical Christian whose penchant for last-minute heroics have given him a reputation as a miracle worker,  316 passing yards for the game. His ten completions averaged 31.6 yards a piece.

Those figures inspired plenty of conversation and debate about a connection some saw to one of the most famous verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

The New Testament verse is held up by Christians around the globe because it neatly summarizes some key points of Christianity:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life." (NIV)

In the third chapter in the Gospel of John, Jesus is having a late night discussion with a Pharisee, one of the Jewish teachers of the law, named Nicodemus. The chapter is also where the expression "born again" originates.

Jesus tells Nicodemus: "...no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." In his longer explanation of that idea, Jesus gets to the core of his message in verse 3:16.

The verse is popular with Christians looking to share their faith because it's short and information-packed: God loves humankind, man has sinned and is destined for eternal punishment, but eternal live awaits all who believe in God's son, Jesus.

John 3:16 also has a long history with football and pop culture.

During last year's Super Bowl, the Fixed Point Foundation, which promotes Christianity in the public square, tried to buy an advertisement pushing people to a website to learn about John 3:16 but the ad was was rejected.

The spot showed people watching a football game noticing the phrase John 3:16 on a player's eye black - a sticker or grease that players wear under the eyes to reduce glare from the sun. A man in the ad says he's going to look up the verse, while the ad directed viewers to www.lookup316.com.

At the time, Fixed Point Executive Director Larry Taunton told CNN that Fox Sports said it rejected his commercial because it contained "religious doctrine," though Taunton said the ad avoided featuring the actual words of the verse.

“Increasingly religion and Christianity is treated like smoking – you can do it but only in designated areas,” Taunton said. “They were saying there’s no place for (faith) in the public square. There’s a place for the soft core porn of Go-Daddy, violent movie trailers, and irresponsible drinking, but not for faith."

As a workaround, the Fixed Point Foundation ran its ad on Fox stations locally in Birmingham, Alabama and Washington, DC during the Super Bowl.

Tebow wore Bible verses on his eye black when he quarterbacked the Florida Gators in college.  In the 2009 BCS championship game, he wrote John 3:16 on his eye black. After he left college football for the NFL in 2010, the NCAA banned players from writing on their eye black, which some have called the "Tebow rule."

John 3:16 came into the pop culture view in the late 1970s and early 1980s at sporting events, when a man named Rollen Stewart would don a rainbow colored afro wig and a John 3:16 T-shirt. He was especially good at getting himself in front of the cameras at sporting and big cultural events, including the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

Stewart grew increasingly fanatical about his crusade. In 1992 he took a maid hostage with a loaded gun at a Los Angeles hotel, demanding a national press conference to proclaim his new message that the end of the world was near.

He plastered John 3:16 on hotel windows.  CNN reported at the time that it took a SWAT team nine hours to free the woman.

At his sentencing hearing Stewart had to be removed from court when he would not let the judge speak.  As deputies were dragging him out of the courtroom he screamed, "Don't take me out, I said.  God sends love to the world.  Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they're doing.  They know not what they're doing, Lord."

That last phrase is also biblical, attributed to Jesus while he was praying for his executioners as he hung on the cross.

Stewart was convicted and sent to prison in 1993 on three counts of hostage taking and is currently serving three life sentences at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California.

Despite Stewart's story, many sports fans continue the tradition of evangelizing at sports games by holding up John 3:16 on placards.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Sports

soundoff (2,029 Responses)
  1. Lorraine

    kindness, sorry, CORRECTION...the scripture 42v18,19, is about the true chosen servant of YHWH for he 'bore' the transgressions of many, meaning he 'too' did sin, and according to many jesus never sinned. I meant in Isaiah 43v18,19, in the so called OT, about not being old at all. Confirmed to us in Isaiah 53vs.12, and in vs.10, it teaches us that this servant on the throne will eventually die, but his days are prolonged, as Moses said they will be if we do the law in Deut. 32v45-47. This servant's children's, children will continue to reign, as in Jeremiah 33v14-26, teaches, along with the branch, as in Jeremiah 23v1-8, prophesied to us, it will be, and has begun. Its called YHWH Our Righteousness, for you must know that YHWHs name is not Lord, lord, God, YHWH was taken out 6800 times, causing this confusion, and is why He states in Ezekiel 36v22,23, of the profaning of His name, and soon He will sanctify it.

    May 12, 2012 at 4:53 am |
  2. Lorraine

    Paul, you are sadly mislead, YHWH continues to teach that His flocks will be saved, and returned to His holy land of Israel, again to praise Him, as taught in Ezekiel 34, and many more scriptures tells us in the book of remembrance, the so called OT, and nothing is old about it at all. Much of the so called OT, has been fulfilled, as in Daniel of 2v40, the fourth kingdom, now days, and of the times of the end, in Daniel chapters 7-12, all prophesied for the future 'latter days.' Our generations today, running to, and fro, with increased knowledge, but only the wise will be awakened. That NT (not true), has taken us away from YHWH, it was rewritten by His enemies in 200BCE, and is what YHWH allowed to magnify Himself to us in His day of vengeance in Isaiah 34v8 of the truth, and true chosen, Israel, originally known as Zion.

    May 12, 2012 at 4:36 am |
  3. Lorraine

    Kindness, Transcend, that was not jesus, he is not mentioned no where in the book of remembrance, the so called OT, nor by any prophet of YHWHs, who says He does nothing without His prophets in Amos3v7; but this was YHWH who delivered you. He is the, our, only savior as He teaches us in Isaiah 60v16, and the only redeemer, and creator of all life, and of the heavens, and earth. jc can't be both the son, and the creator for YHWH teaches us in Zech.14v9, that there is only One, and that is Him. In Isaiah 45v24 He confirms who does it all, and we should be giving Him all of the praise, for He says He will not share His glory with no one, in Isaiah 42v8,9. Know the truth, many have been mislead as YHWH teaches us in Jeremiah 23v1-8;Malachi 2; and Ezekiel 20, and many more scriptures of the false religions, and the misleading of His flocks from the priest, pastors, and elders.
    Learn, the truth of our Creator YHWH. Our sins have been forgiven, redeemed, in Isaiah 44v22, and in Psalm 103, his servants expresses His mercy on us. No man can ever die for another's sin, taught in Ezekiel 14v14, and in Jeremiah 31v30. YHWHs Word is never contrary, nor changes, never as in Malachi 3v6.

    May 12, 2012 at 4:23 am |
  4. kindness

    A thought to consider without a typical ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and trancsend our own desire to know and have proof. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Let go and let god".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent....

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth.

    Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime .
    Its awsome .

    May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      Interesting you say "think out of the box" when actually you are confining yourself to a small one with thin papers in it. No thanks..been there done that. Christianity is way outdated and past its prime. Besides the darkness of the ignorance is slowly being revealed. Christianity has an expiration date no doubt. It will join the Roman myths/gods in time.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      The expiration of Christianity is directly linked to the Empire of the United States. When we fall you will start to really see the final days of it. Europe is already seeing its decay. Of course the fruitloops will think it is the end times when this happens..but in time it will fade away like other beliefs that were linked to the power that supported them.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • just sayin

      In the future, Jesus will be a novelty item to buy at a festival of myths.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Yoi

      Ecclesiastes 2 >>
      New International Version 1984

      --------––

      Pleasures Are Meaningless

      1I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. 2“Laughter,” I said, “is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.

      4I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harema as well—the delights of the heart of man. 9I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

      10I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;

      I refused my heart no pleasure.

      My heart took delight in all my work,

      and this was the reward for all my labor.

      11Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done

      and what I had toiled to achieve,

      everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;

      nothing was gained under the sun.

      Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless

      12Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,

      and also madness and folly.

      What more can the king’s successor do

      than what has already been done?

      13I saw that wisdom is better than folly,

      just as light is better than darkness.

      14The wise man has eyes in his head,

      while the fool walks in the darkness;

      but I came to realize

      that the same fate overtakes them both.

      15Then I thought in my heart,

      “The fate of the fool will overtake me also.

      What then do I gain by being wise?”

      I said in my heart,

      “This too is meaningless.”

      16For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered;

      in days to come both will be forgotten.

      Like the fool, the wise man too must die!

      May 11, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Lorraine

      Lorraine
      melvinslizard, No I do not think, but I know, for it is the result of all of the 'sin', in difference, greed, poverty etc...that we as a generation to generation has developed, and imposed on one another no matter the race, or skin color, creed, etc..and it will continue, unless we turn back unto the law of the 10 commandments given to Moses for us for our lives in Duet.32v45-47, and the righteousness, and peace of life, given to us by YHWH the only savior, and redeemer we have as He says in Isaiah 49v26, and Isaiah 60v16. No man can ever be delivered from His hands in Isaiah 43v13. YHWHs Word has never changed from this truth, in Malachi 3v6, as He tells us through His prophet Malachi, because as YHWH teaches us, that He does nothing without His prophets, nothing,otherwise we are being mislead. Remember, none of this is old, as taught to us in Isaiah 43v18,19, is right now, mislead flocks.

      May 12, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  5. kindness

    A thought to consider without ego
    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Currently.... your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle.

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Relise your a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent....

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth.

    Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Kindness, the story of jesus, nor his name is not ever mentioned by YHWH. or by His prophets, and YHWH taught us in the book of remembrance that He does nothing without His prophets, in Amos 3v7. Therefore, if from Genesis-Malachi, which was renamed as the OT, but is called the book of remembrance by YHWH through His prophet in Malachi 3v16, does not ever mention jesus, why would anyone give praise to such a character, if it is not prophesied by the Creator, and King YHWH, who designed "All Life, and the heavens, and earth?' As YHWH says He is the only savior, and redeemer in Isaiah 60v16, and 49v26 , so are people just plain stiff necked as YHWH says, or just blind to the fact. Also, our sins have been redeemed, as YHWH says in Isaiah 44v22, no man can die for any other mans sins in Ezekiel 14v14, and Jeremiah 31v30. YHWH teaches that there is no one else besides Him all in Isaiah 42,43,and 44, and in Isaiah 45v24, He tells us He does it all by Himself, alone, so why do people try to liken Him, or put another with Him when He says not to, in Isaiah 40v18,24,25, and in Isaiah 40v10,13 He tells us of the servant that will rule for Him, and how He has counseled him, and this servant should not be given any praise before YHWH, for no man can be delivered from YHWH, in Isaiah 43v13. The flocks are being mislead. Remember that the only son that He has told us in the so called OT, in Exodus 4v22, and that is His 'firstborn', son, Israel, the chosen people of YHWH, to bring the light unto the other nations, Jeremiah 16v14-21. Out of this chosen people of Israel, Judah, is the servant, and he will rule over the flocks with the truth through YHWH, Isaiah 40, and Micah 5, Jeremiah 23v1-8, and Jeremiah 33v14-26, are future prophesies.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Lorraine

      kindness, this is not old,as YHWH taught us in 42v18,19 , this is about now, even though the chosen people went astray, as we all are today, not doing the law of life that Moses left for us, and this too has not changed, for YHWH does not change nothing of His Words, the law as He tells us in Malachi 3v6, but today He is calling upon the chosen, who 'are' doing His will, His jewels, in Malachi 3v14, this is in progress, for the truth is being told, and the prophesies are coming to light today, look around us, much is wrong happening, and being called good, or right. The same sign of warning from Daniel to us in chapters 7-12, about the time of the end, and here we are running to and fro, with increased knowledge doing everything, but righteousness, nor peace,much more poverty, greed, in difference these are the times of the end as prophesied.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  6. Lorraine

    SoM, the lack of joy stems from the many of the flocks who are being mislead, and strayed away from our Creator YHWH, and are not being told the truth about the Only Savior, and Redeemer that we have, and its in Isaiah 49v26, and Isaiah 60v16, and that in Isaiah 43v3,11 of His Word, for He is the only one as written in Zech. 14v9. And in Isaiah 43v13, no man can ever be delivered from out of 'His' hands, the true savior YHWH, who had Moses to give to us the truth of our "Life" in Deut.32v45-47. They are being mislead, and now realizes that there is no joy in the lies.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Kindness trancend

      All I know is that when i reached out to Jesus he came through for me. Jesus is YHVH . In human form. Think of it like water has 3forms ice snow liquid. Think a mother has 3 living dna's insider her. Baby dad and mom.
      We are dealing with a all knowing god capable of taking on three forms.
      The holy spirit is inside me.
      Blessings to you in jesus name

      May 11, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  7. lorraine

    To ALL...YHWH the King, and Heavenly Creator, taught us how to listen to Him in Deut.18v18-22, so that we are not deceived by false idols, and prophets. And in Amos 3v7 YHWH teaches us that He does nothing without His prophets. Remember also, that YHWH the Almighty taught us that He never changes His Word, or statues, judgements, ordinances, which are His 'Law' of 'Life' in the 10 commandments in Deut.5, and Exodus 20, and in Exodus 31v13-18, of the sabbath, as is confirmed in Malachi 3v6, He changes not. If any laws, or changes has been done against His guide in the book of remembrance, its true name, not Old Testament, that's shown in Malachi 3v16, then it is not from YHWH.The NT must fulfill the so called OT truly the book of remembrance if not then it the NT is (Not True).

    April 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      Jesus there are some real fruitloops out there. Perhaps some day mankind will rise above mythology?

      May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  8. SoM

    Every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Christ is Lord, with that said, every single human being that ever lived, living now and will live is saved.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • lorraine

      Is there a scripture that tells us that this is said by the Creator, and the Almighty King YHWH, or where has the Creator said what is even quoted in John 3:16? Show us where the Heavenly Creator has said any of this to us through any of His prophets, for as taught to us in Amos 3v7, the King Creator does, nor say nothing, without His prophets.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • lorraine

      SON OF MAN, SOM, I read in Isaiah 49v26, and in Isaiah 60v16, that YHWH says He is our Only savior, and redeemer. And, in Isaiah 43v3,11. YHWH has said not to put anyone above or liken to Him in Isaiah 40v18, 21-25. The name christ is not mentioned here, only the Almighty King YHWH(God), and the word christ, and messiah only means to be 'annointed', look it up. Many were annointed by the Heavenly Creator, as in Numbers 22v20-31, even an ass was annointed by YHWH, to do His work. We all need to take heed to this truth.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • SoM

      There is many parts in scripture that tells us that God will save all, but what does not surprise me is the lack of Joy from Christians who challenge this belief. Let us start with Acts 20:27.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
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    April 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  10. Fathful

    Praying that God will open your eyes to the Truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)

    April 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Fathful, I do not see anywhere in the OT, truly named by YHWH, the book of remembrance, and many forgot, or have been mislead, where it says jesus, this name, or the story of him is nowhere mentioned or prophesied in the OT, and the NT should fulfill the OT. Everyone else is prophesied by the prophets of the Creator YHWH. For as is written He does nothing without His prophets, in Amos 3v7, to ensure us of the truth from Him. The many scriptures that are prophecies of the one who will be upon the throne are referring to the 'seed of David' this does not say jesus, and according to mathew, jc was born of a holyghost, and virgin not a 'seed'. As in Isaiah 7 it tell us how the Creator works with son of man, and in Isaiah 8 it talks of his sons who were the wonders of YHWH, and Immanuel was the second son, of Isaiah's seed, and his wife was not a virgin, but this is how they describe her, 'misleading us the flocks', for she had an older son Shearjashub, and in Jeremiah 23v1-8, and Jeremiah 33v14-26, these are future prophecies, either in progress, or are to be fulfilled. There is no name jesus here only the seed of David. In Deut.32v17 Moses taught us that there will be strange gods in the future generations, in the latter days, now people, all idolatry, religions are pagan, and legalized by Constantine in 311 of christianity, not of YHWH, and why nothing has worked even until this day. There is still in difference, hate, poverty, and greed even more so. How can jesus explain that if he was working for us?

      April 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  11. Lisa

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  12. Lorraine

    Worshipping images, of a person, and of wood, and stone is idolatry, and relgions are of idolatry to YHWH.and was prophesied in Deut 4, not to do. YHWH His is the spirituality of righteousness,, and peace for all not just for some, the in difference, the greed, the poverty, the hate, that is upon us now from what misleads us today, and has for centuries, away from truth, and each other, and YHWH, and his law of life.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Lorraine

    Worshipping images, of a person, and of wood, and stone is idolatry, and relgions are of idolatry to YHWH. His is the spirituality of righteousness,, and peace for all not just for some, the in difference, the greed, the poverty, the hate, that is upon us now from what misleads us today, and has for centuries, away from truth, and each other, and YHWH, and his law of life.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Lorraine

    Paul, also I forgot to add, there were no jews coming out of Egypt, is how you know who the chosen people are, and were then; they are Hebrew Israelites, and today the descendants of them are here, and Hebrew is not talked about anymore after 161bce, they were all in captivity, and then there were 'jews'. So, the scripture in Exodus 4v22,23, are the chosen people, the son, and the firstborn of YHWH, the Creator, and is His only son, is what is real truth, not the changes, and additions, in the NT rewritten by jews, hellenistic, alexandrian, roman jews, which began in 200bce, and later chritianity (forced) legalized by Constantine in 311bce. This all had been warned to us, and prophesied to us from Moses of the new generations that in the future will do, and it is worshipping idols, strange gods, as prophesied by Moses, from YHWH in Deut.32v17, and prophesied in Daniel 11v39, of christianity, and vs. 43 of islam of the strange gods, not known to Abraham Issac, snf Jacob. After the last battle in Ezekiel 38, the new temple will be built. All religions are idolatry to YHWH the heavenly Creator. Our only savior, and redeemer as He says in Isaiah 49v26, and Isaiah 60v16. YHWH has forgiven all of our sins in Isaiah 44v22, and only ask for us to return to Him.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  15. Lorraine

    Okay, Paul, I tried to reply to your comment on mary, and the new temple but the cnn folks thought it was too much truth, they rather keep many in darkness, lost. They do this a lot to the post when I give the hard facts. Sorry, but that does not prove jesus to being of the seed of David, are you kidding?, come again. And, in Haggai 2, and Ezekiel 48,49 speaks of the new temple, coming after the last battle in Ezekiel 38.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Lorraine

      CORRECTION: EZEKIEL 47, AND 48, OF THE NEW TEMPLE THAT IS GOING TO BE BUILT, AFTER THE LAST BATTLE. YHWH Bless, to all.

      March 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • just sayin

      "but the cnn folks thought it was too much truth"
      .
      Wow you really do not live in reality nor understand the world you live in. lol

      May 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  16. bljstreetteam

    Check out the new Blue Like Jazz movie, in theaters April 13. This is a movie all about figuring out where we fit in with Christ and the church. John 3:16 is a nutshell, but there is so much more that those within the church and outside of it need to relate to. Everybody belongs somewhere.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Play Yard

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    March 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  18. Lorraine

    Paul, Another thing I do not see the linage of jc, from David, not at all. Mary was supposedly a virgin, yeah right, and Joseph did not even conceive unto Mary to have made a 'Seed' (hollywood), again read Jeremiah 33v14-26, it will be the 'seeds' of David, of Zadok, and the Levite, the Branch, the arm of YHWH, forever more, this is the future 'servant' to sit on the throne, to work for YHWH, and to sheppard the flocks, this is the future prophecy for us all, and when peace, and righteousness will prevail. It will all be called YHWH (The Lord) Our Righteousness Movement.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Paul

      Mary was not a virgin after giving birth to the messiah. She had intercourse with her husband Joseph and had other sons and at least one daughter, try reading the Greek scriptures instead of what some religion claims.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:03 am |
    • just sayin

      And Mary was a wh ore and used God as an excuse to hide it from her husband. Jesus was a b@stard by definition. This type of enviroment can help one understand the delusional state which jesus lived in.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • just sayin

      My money is Mary was banging the goat milkman.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • isso

      @ just sayen..

      wrong Mary ...readup.

      May 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  19. Lorraine

    Paul, Well, first off in Exodus 4v22,23, it specifically states that 'ISRAEL' the chosen people are the 'SON' (as in plural tense of the people), and the firstborn of YHWH. Yes, Jerusalem is to be rebuilt as was attempted by Cyrus with the last Messiah, and Prince Zerrubabbel, Daniel 9, of the governor of Judah while being the slave captives of king Neb., as written in Ezra 1, and 2,of the command from YHWH beginning in Isaiah 44v28, Daniel 9, Chronicles 36v21-23, and Ezra. And in Isaiah 45v13-22, where the captured kings thought the anointed Cyrus was YHWH, and where YHWH magnifies Himself to us to know who He is, and not to place these images, and idols above Him, but still we do, and is why we go through so much wrath on this earth, for we have not done what YHWH is telling us from the beginning, and that is to do His law of righteousness, and peace, the law of Moses in Malachi 4v4. It is our life as said in Deut.32v45-47, and in Isaiah 53v10, of the servant's life as well, to prolong it. The sacrifices yes has been stopped, from the people snuffing YHWH with lame sacrifices, and continuing to do wrong, in Malachi 1, and 2, and in Daniel 12v11. But in Haggi 2, there will be another sacrificial temple built, the third temple is prophesied for the future. Just read all of these books, with the scripture, and you will see this is not jesus, but the governor to restore Jerusalem Zerrubabbel, whose slave name was Sheshbarzar. The priest, pastors have mislead us all. And YHWH tells them they have in Jeremiah 23v1-5, and Ezekiel 20, and Malachi 2. They have profaned His name in Ezekiel 36v22,23, and again YHWH is our only Redeemer, and Savior in Isaiah 49v26, Isaiah 60v16, there is none else. David, and the seed of David is told to us all through the OT, truly the book of remembrance who will shepard us along with the Branch in Jeremiah 33v14-26, future prophecy.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Paul

      Sadly I think you have been mislead. Jerusalem will never be rebuilt because they (Jews) killed God's Son. YHWH presence vanished from the Temple at Jesus death. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem never to be rebuilt. Even Daniel prphecied Jerusalems destruction. Please read Daniel chap 9 about the 70 weeks of years. All fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:09 am |
  20. Bible Education

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!

    March 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
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