Christian reading

Issue N28

answers for a jew, valeriy sterkh

Answers for a Jew

Did God testify about Jesus in a secretive way only?

Question: Why did God testify about Jesus in a secretive way?

Answer: God's testimonies do not have to be public. For example, when the Lord spoke to Moses from the burning bush, there were no witnesses (see Ex 3).

But many of the New Testament events happened with crowds of witnesses. When Jesus was born, signs were given to shepherds (see Lk 2:8-20), wise men, and everyone in Jerusalem (see Mt 2:1-12). The Baptism of Jesus happened in a public place (see Mt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-23), and many people heard the voice of God: «This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased» (Mt 3:17; compare Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; Jn 12:28). The Lord's transfiguration had its witnesses (see Mt 17:1-9; Mk 9:2-10; Lk 9:28-36), as well as the miracle of raising of Lazarus from the dead (see Jn 11:1-46), etc. After the ascension of the Lord, at Pentecost, the Lord sent his Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus, so they started speaking in various tongues. The proselytes from other nations, who came to the celebration, heard them speak each in his own native language (see Act 2).

(to be continued)