If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right (NIV).
In verses 13-21, James summarizes the case for simplifying the requirements for Gentiles to join the church.
In Galatians 2:8-9, Paul writes that he and Barnabas were encouraged to teach Gentiles about Jesus while James and Peter and John went to the Jews with this message.
- Right after singing a song, the disciples left the room where they celebrated Passover
- Jesus quotes scripture
- He anticipates his betrayal and abandonment
- Peter argues with Jesus
- Jesus attempts to correct Peter
- Peter still argues
- How often do we argue with God?
- All the other disciples agreed with Peter. I’ve never noticed this detail before.
- Jesus went to a private garden to prepare in prayer
- Where and when do I pray? What are my habits?
- Jesus admits to James and John and Peter that he’s depressed
- He asks his friends to stay near him
- Even Jesus desired companionship when his life was nearing its end
- Jesus was not a loner, even though he appears introverted on occasion
- Jesus catches his friends sleeping
- Jesus tells them to pray to “stay out of temptation”
- When’s the last time I prayed to “stay out of temptation?”
- Jesus acknowledges his willingness to do anything God expects
- What am I unwilling to do?
- Jesus’ friends fall asleep a second and third time
- Jesus announces the arrivalof his betrayer to his followers