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11 Characteristics Of A Godly Marriage

11 Characteristics Of A Godly Marriage

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
1 Peter 3:1–7

What are characteristics of a godly marriage? What should we be aiming for when we are looking for a wife or a husband for those who are single? Understanding what a godly marriage looks like is very important so we can prepare for it.

It is good to remember that when God made man in his image (Gen 1:27), he made a husband and wife yoked together as one flesh (2:24). This means that the marriage relationship is a model of God and specifically the Trinity. When a marriage does not function properly, it mars the image of God and it breaks down every aspect of society.

For this reason, from the very beginning of creation, the home has been under attack. Satan attacked the home by tempting Adam and Eve in the garden. He attacks the home because it destroys the image of God, and therefore, our societies become farther and farther away from God, as the family decays and erodes. The family is the foundation of society, so when the home falls, the church falls, and when the church falls, the nation falls. As we look at this text, Peter teaches us the characteristics of a godly home, focusing on the roles of both the man and the woman.

No doubt the stress of persecution happening in the Roman Empire as Peter wrote this text, led to discord and fights in the home, particularly between husband and wife. Peter aims to correct that.

Peter also attempts to correct the common scenario of how a woman should react if she was married to a husband who had not yet come to Christ. This was very important because wives in the ancient world were often viewed as property. If she became a believer when the husband was not, it was perceived as rebellion and made the home life very difficult. On the other hand, if the husband became a believer, the wife and children were expected to follow. Therefore, Peter writes specifically to women whose lives were very difficult as a result of the former scenario.

This message is important not only for married couples, but also for singles who will one day be married. Many of us have grown up with bad models of marriage. These bad models are promoted on television, in the media, and sometimes in our own home. Most Christians do not know what a proper marriage should look like, so when they get eventually married they live out the models they have seen or experienced in the home they grew up in.

Scripture calls us to a higher model which is God’s original plan for the man and the woman. We learn something of God’s design in 1 Peter 3:1-7. It is a powerful remedy, not only for the church, but for our society that is cracked at the foundation as a result of our homes functioning outside of God’s perfect plan.

In this text, we will see six characteristics of a godly marriage.

Big Question: What characteristics of a godly marriage does Peter focus on as seen in the roles of the man and woman?

In a Godly Marriage, the Wife Submits to Her Husband to Transform Him

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.
1 Peter 3:1

In the above passage, Peter starts off with the phrase “in the same way.” This is referring to the third area of submission that should be seen in the lives of believers. He previously spoke about submitting to government (1 Pet 2:13–17) and to masters (1 Pet 2:18), and now he focuses on the home.

He is particularly focusing on the woman when he says, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands.” The first point is that in a godly marriage, the wife submits to the husband in order to bring transformation in him. This call to submission is a radical concept in our culture and many rebel against Christianity because of it. Even many Christians struggle with this concept. Is the man greater than the women? If not, then why must the woman submit to the man? Many are quite bothered by this.

However, in considering the concept of authority in the home, it has nothing to do with equality. When God called these Christians to submit to the King and to masters in chapter 2, he was not teaching inequality.  An employer and an employee are fully equal; however, in order for a company to function properly, there must be authority otherwise there is chaos. In the same way, when God made the institution of marriage, he placed authority in the home in order that it would also function well. When we look at a society, where up to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, we can have no doubt that marriages have lost their God-given design.

The Beginning of the Problem

In fact, we see God prophetically share this problem with Adam and Even in Genesis 3. The result of sin entering the world would be disorder in marriages. Look at what he says:

To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (emphasis mine).
Genesis 3:16

When it says the woman would “desire” the husband, it actually means the woman would desire to control the husband. We see this same word used of sin with Cain in Genesis 4:7. God said, “Sin desires you but you must master it.” Sin desired to control Cain, but he was called to control it. Sin resulted in the woman seeking to usurp the leadership of the man, and it also resulted in the man trying to dominate and control the woman.

We see these dynamics in many ways throughout society. In some cultures, especially fundamentalist Muslim ones, the wife is like property and the husband can divorce or beat his wife for any offense. The husband controls and dominates the wife. In other cultures, the husband is docile in the home and the wife is the leader. In addition, we see in the feminist movement a continual push for the woman to not only usurp the man in the home, but in the church and in society, regardless of God’s design.

However, we should realize that this was never God’s original design for the man and the woman. Let us remember that in Genesis 1, when God made man in his image, he made them male and female. He made a plurality (Gen 1:27), just as God is a plurality. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).

Evidence in the Trinity

Paul makes the argument in 1 Corinthians 11 that women should wear a sign of submission and submit to their husbands by calling the women to look at the Trinity. He says that the wife mirrors Christ and the man mirrors God. Look at what it says in 1 Corinthians 11:3: “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman (ortranslated wife) is man, and the head of Christ is God (emphasis mine).

When Paul is correcting the women in the church who were dishonoring their husbands by removing their head coverings, he says the head of man is Christ. In the home, the man should submit to Christ, and the woman should submit to her husband because he is the head of the wife. Finally, he says the head of Christ is God

Do you see the analogy with the Godhead? In the same way that the man is the head of the woman, God is the head of Christ. Christ is coequal with God, but Christ submits to the will of the Father. He says, “I came to do my Father’s will. I only say what my Father says.” Though equal, there is submission in the Godhead. The woman’s relationship with the husband is called to mirror Christ’s relationship with God. When God made mankind, he made a relationship between the husband and wife that was “one” like the Trinity, coequal like the Trinity, and had authority in it just as the Trinity. Marriage reflects the Godhead.

Now we certainly recognize that this is a hard doctrine. However, we must see that it is God’s established order in Scripture. He is a God of order, and so he created it in the home. We must establish our homes on God’s Word and not what would seem right to us or our culture.

Christ the Restorer

Let us understand that Christ came to reestablish biblical manhood and biblical womanhood. When sin perverted the husband-and-wife relationship, the husbands became either domineering or passive and the wife either became manipulative or a doormat. This was never God’s plan, and therefore, Christ came to demonstrate what the marriage should look like. He demonstrates this clearly in his relationship with the church, who is his bride. Look at Ephesians 5:22–26,

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.

When we see the gospel, we see what marriage should be. Instead of the husband being lethargic while Satan leads the wife into sin, he is active. He is so active that he gives his life for his wife. He serves her by washing her with the Word of God, teaching her Scripture, leading her in holiness. He makes her beautiful. And the wife submits to him as the church should submit to Christ in everything, unless her submission would cause her to disobey God.

When the world looks at the Christian marriage, they should see the gospel. The wife submits to the husband as the church submits to Christ. The husband, instead of being lethargic or oppressive, he actively caters to the spiritual needs of his wife. When the Christian home operates like this, people see the beauty of the gospel. When the home is in disorder, it mars the gospel and it mars the image of God. It draws people away from God. It draws children away from God because it distorts God’s original plan.

When Eve sinned, Adam was supposed to be like Christ and die in her place. Where the first Adam failed, the second Adam, Christ, succeeds. He shows us what biblical manhood is, as he dies for his bride, the church, and purifies her through the Word. Christ came to fix broken marriages and bring them back into the original order of the Godhead.

Power of Submission

Peter espouses the doctrine of submission as he calls the wife to submit to the husband. Let us again hear the transformative power of this life of submission in the wife. It is so powerful it can transform the husband. Peter says a wife who is submissive does not even need words because she lives the gospel. Look at what he says:

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives (emphasis mine).
1 Peter 3:1–2

Here Peter gives the scenario of a wife who probably got saved after she was married and the husband was still an unbeliever. This would have created great strife in the home and possibly oppression since the wife was considered almost like property. This would have made the marriage very tough and sometimes abusive. Often in marriages like this, where the husband is an unbeliever, the woman, with right intentions, would seek zealously to win the husband to Christ. She does this by preaching at him, sometimes condemning his life of sin. Peter calls the woman to not do this.

He essentially says the life of submission which was God’s perfect plan for the wife is so beautiful, so saturated with the gospel, that it could save the husband without a word. A wife who was rooted in the sin nature that came from Adam would have been trying to usurp the husband’s authority their whole married life, arguing with him and seeking her own way. But all of a sudden, Christ came in, and there was this great submission. It would radically speak to the husband and potentially save his life. He would see the purity and the reverence of her life, and it lead to transformation.

In fact, we have seen this throughout history. Listen to a few of these stories of the power of a submissive life.

Here is a story of a Hindu woman who was converted.

A Hindu woman was converted, chiefly by hearing the Word of God read. She suffered very much persecution from her husband. One day a missionary asked her, “When your husband is angry and persecutes you, what do you do?”

She replied: “Well, sir, I cook his food better; when he complains, I sweep the floor cleaner; and when he speaks unkindly, I answer him mildly. I try, sir, to show him that when I became a Christian, I became a better wife and a better mother.”

The consequence of this was that, while the husband could withstand all the preaching of the missionary, he could not stand the practical preaching of his wife, and gave his heart to God with her. 1

Here is another story that missionary George Muller told.

George Müller told of a wealthy German whose wife was a devout believer. This man was a heavy drinker, spending late nights in the tavern. She would send the servants to bed, stay up till he returned, receive him kindly, and never scold him or complain. At times she would even have to undress him and put him to bed.

One night in the tavern he said to his cronies, “I bet if we go to my house, my wife will be sitting up, waiting for me. She’ll come to the door, give us a royal welcome, and even make supper for us, if I ask her.”

They were skeptical at first, but decided to go along and see. Sure enough, she came to the door, received them courteously, and willingly agreed to make supper for them without the slightest trace of resentment. After serving them, she went off to her room. As soon as she had left, one of the men began to condemn the husband. “What kind of a man are you to treat such a good woman so miserably?” The accuser got up without finishing his supper and left the house. Another did the same and another till they had all departed without eating the meal.

Within a half hour, the husband became deeply convicted of his wickedness, and especially of his heartless treatment of his wife. He went to his wife’s room, asked her to pray for him, repented of his sins, and surrendered to Christ. From that time on, he became a devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus. Won without a word!

George Müller advised: Don’t be discouraged if you have to suffer from unconverted relatives. Perhaps very shortly the Lord may give you the desire of your heart, and answer your prayer for them. But in the meantime, seek to commend the truth, not by reproaching them on account of their behavior toward you, but by manifesting toward them the meekness, gentleness and kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ.2

Again, this is not just a truth for those married to an unbeliever. This is a truth for those who are married, period. The most traveled path in a marriage to changing a husband or changing a wife is arguing and nagging, but Peter says this is largely ineffective. Oftentimes, this pushes the other person farther away, instead of closer to what God desires.

Peter says it is the power of a submissive life with purity—meaning no sin—and reverence—which is respect and honor—that has the ability to change a life. This is something that husbands and wives need to get a hold of. Yes, let us speak, but more than that, let our actions speak that our wives may be won and our husbands as well.

This should change many marriages that are largely dominated by arguing with one another. A submissive life is free of sin and sinful responses; it is a life of reverence and respect that transforms.

This life of submission is transformative because it was the life of Christ. Peter has already been arguing that this practice of submission among the authorities of the world could save lives and make them glorify God on the day of visitation (1 Pet 2:12–15); now he says it can changes marriages as well.

*It should be added that this text should not be used for females or males to consider dating or marrying unbelievers. Scripture speaks very clearly against that. In Nehemiah, Nehemiah starts to pull the hair out of the men that had married unbelievers (Neh 13:23–27). He essentially says, “Don’t you know that Solomon lost the kingdom for this very sin?” The nation of Israel was judged for this sin.

Paul says very clearly in 2 Corinthians 6:14 that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This does not refer primarily to marriage but to every intimate relationship. Intimate relationships are yoking relationships; they pull us in a certain direction. He says the Christian who does not separate from worldy relationships will give up intimacy with God and ultimately bring discipline on their lives (v. 17, 18).

When I talk to young Christians in church or on college campuses, it seems they are largely unaware of this truth. It is like they have never read the tragic story and warnings in the Bible about courting or marrying unbelievers. It essentially led to the death of Samson and the discipline of Israel on several occasions.

Application Question: What are your thoughts and feelings about the submission of the wife to her husband? How do you see this being attacked and lost in society?

In a Godly Marriage, the Wife Is Focused on the Internal and Not the External

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
1 Peter 3:3-5

In this text, Peter begins to expand on the best way to submit to the husband and reverence him. The woman might be tempted to believe that it was all about her beauty and her outward appearance. But Peter teaches that beauty is not the primary way to honor your husband.

Now it should be noted that Peter is not saying that women should not wear jewelry or fine clothes. He is actually speaking about being consumed with it. This is seen by the fact that “fine” clothes is not in the text. It’s added by translators. It literally says “do not let your adornment be clothes.” Is he saying the woman can’t wear clothes? No, that is why the interpreters added fine clothes. He was talking about obsession with the external.

We live in a world where the woman is tempted to often be consumed with outward adorning and her physical beauty. The world system perpetuates this. One cannot watch a commercial that doesn’t say you can be more beautiful or attractive if you wear this or do that or you must look like this. God hates this focus on the external because it does not reflect the image of God. We see this in the story of the choosing of David to be king. Samuel was surveying the older brothers for kingly characteristics, and noticing one of them, he said, “Surely this must be God’s anointed.” However, God replies in 1 Samuel 16:7,

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (emphasis mine).

God essentially says, “I do not look at people the way man does. Man is consumed with the outward appearance, but I am consumed with the heart.” Therefore, when Christians are consumed with the outward appearance, they are acting like the world, not like God. You were made to look like God, to think like him. There is not one child of God who is not beautiful to him. Beauty is a work of the heart.

This would rid a lot of people of their insecurities and their pride. It would close the door on the lies that Satan speaks to so many. You must be lighter, darker, tanner, skinnier, have these kind of eyes, this kind of nose. It is a lie. Let your focus be the inward man and not the outer man. In fact, let us see how much God hates this continual focus on the outward by how he curses the women of Israel in Isaiah 3. He says this external focus all comes from pride. Look at what he says:

The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.” In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls. Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well–dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding (emphasis mine).
Isaiah 3:16–24

God calls them “haughty,” or prideful, for being totally consumed with their outward beauty. This is a form of pride which God hates. James 4:6 says, “He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” God was angry with this fascination by the women of Israel with their outward appearance. When a person is all about their outward appearance: their skin, their hair, and their clothes, they are people seeking to glorify themselves instead of seeking to glorify God. Because of this pride, God judged the women of Israel.

Sad to say, many of the women in the church have become like this as well. Their focus is their bodies and their appearance, instead of the inward man. They spend more time every day on their outward man—their makeup, their clothes, their hair—instead of working on their inward man. This shows their idolatry. They run around seeking plastic surgeries because of being consumed with their outside adornment. Instead of being transformed by the Word of God. They are being conformed and pressed into the mold of the world (Romans 12:2).

This should not only be applied to clothing, for when he talks about the putting on of jewels in one’s hair, this was just an ancient way of showing one’s wealth. Wealthy women would often wear their hair up high with tons of jewels wrapped in it. Today, many marriages are also consumed with signs of wealth. They want to show their wealth by having the most expensive car, the most luxurious TV sets and the nicest homes. Like the world, they are consumed with the external, and they want everybody to see and know what they have. A godly marriage is not like this. It is a marriage focused around God and developing the inward man to please God.

Peter says a godly wife is not like this. He says the “adornment” of this woman is the cultivation of the internal and not the external. She clothes herself like ancient godly women as seen in Sarah, who called her husband, Abraham, master. He focuses on two particular attitudes of a godly wife: gentle and quiet.

“Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Pet 3:4).

Interpretation Question: What does Peter mean by the two characteristics of the “gentle and quiet spirit”? How should these be demonstrated not only in the life of the woman but the life of the man?

The word translated gentle or meek means “not insistent on one’s own rights,” or “not pushy, not selfishly assertive,” “not demanding one’s own way.”3 It is the same word used in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.” It is actually one of the hardest words to translate in the Greek. It was used of a wild horse that had been broken and now was tamed. It means “power under control.” One commentator translated this beatitude as “Blessed are those who are always angry at the right time, and never angry at the wrong time.”4

Peter pictures a woman who is in control of her emotions and her actions. Instead of blowing up over issues, she is calculative. She ponders her responses, “Is this just my opinion, or is this something God would be angry about?” This woman desires to only be angry when God is and not at other times. She bears up under hardship and is gentle in her responses. She is Christ-like, who was also described as gentle and meek in spirit (Matt 11:29).

She is also quiet. This also looks back at the temptation of the woman to change her husband by her incessant words and probably complaints (1 Pet 3:1). She instead restrains her words. Solomon describes a person who restrains his words as wise. Listen to what he says in Proverbs 10:19: “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” This woman is cultivating the inner man, not only to be beautiful to her husband, but to be beautiful to God. She is gentle and meek–in control of her emotions and especially her anger. She is reserved in the use of her words. This demonstrates her wisdom.

But let us hear these are traits to be practiced not only by the woman but to be practiced by the husband as well. He is meek, in control of his emotions and his anger, and practices restraint with his words.

The Christian home is not superficial, concerned with the outward appearance. They are not consumed with the external appearance in their clothes, makeup, or skin. The godly home is not consumed with showing one’s wealth through the cars or houses they buy. The secular home is consumed with these things, but not the godly home.

Let it be known that this focus on the outward appearance is a major struggle for many families including Christian ones. They are consumed with “keeping up with the Joneses” in having the latest fashions, nicest homes. The number one reason for divorce is finances. A home consumed with showing one’s wealth is often a home that when the money is tight, there is great discord because they have ungodly values when it comes to how to use their finances.

But not the godly home. The godly home is totally consumed with the inside. In fact, they choose not to store up riches because it protects their heart (Matt 6:19–21), for they realize where their treasure is, their heart will be also. The godly home protects their heart from worshiping things of this world by not storing up the wealth of this world because it has a tendency to steal their heart and crowd out the Word of God as Christ taught (Matt 13:22). If their treasure is clothes, cars, phones, electronics, etc., it will detract from the heart that God loves and enjoys. The godly home is all about the inside.

Application Question: How have you observed the woman’s temptation to be consumed with the outward as demonstrated through cultural values and the media? How can she protect herself from being conformed into the value system of the world? How can Christians marriages protect themselves from this shallow focus on the external?

In a Godly Marriage, the Husband Knows His Wife

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7

After talking for six verses about the wife, the last verse is about the husband. Many have wondered if Peter gave so much attention to the woman because the majority of people in these churches were actually women. It is true that women have typically been the most spiritual partners in marriages. They are typically the ones most involved in serving. As pastors, we often watch the wives from the pulpit who are intently watching and listening, while the husbands are struggling to stay awake during service.

This shows part of the reason the church, the home, and our society are in such a poor state. Not many men are willing to step up and lead like Christ in the home and in society by setting a righteous example. There is a tremendous need to restore biblical manhood in the church, where men are assertive in leading spiritually.

I often tell my wife if I was one of the single girls on a college campus these days, most likely I would just stay single. There are so few men who are willing to be spiritual leaders. I remember leading a Lifestyle Discipleship School one semester at the university, which started every weekday morning at 7:00 am. We had like twenty people, and only three to five of them were guys. I pulled the guys aside and said, “Look at this. This is a commentary on the church. It shows the man’s spiritual lethargy.” Let me tell you, we are already praying for my daughter’s husband and she is only a baby. There is a tremendous lack of male spiritual leadership in the church.

With that said, this makes this one verse so important for us to hear, and even though it’s only one and the ladies get six, it is a verse that is loaded, and we need to focus on it. We will actually pull several points out of this one verse. In this verse, he gives men a secret on how to love and better serve their wives. Listen again to 1 Peter 3:7: “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives.”

“Be considerate” in the NIV is better translated “dwell with them according to knowledge,” as seen in the KJV.

What is one of the things a husband must do to develop a godly marriage? He must develop a knowledge base. What is this knowledge base?

Interpretation Question: If “be considerate” in the NIV is better translated “dwell with according to knowledge,” what type of knowledge should the husband cultivate to have a godly marriage, and how should he cultivate it?

There are several types of knowledge the husband must cultivate.

1. The husband must “know” his wife.

Let me first say it’s hard to teach on the role of the husband because I fail at this in many ways. The husband should intently study his wife. He needs to learn her likes and her dislikes so he can better minister to her.

I will share a little about one of the things I have learned about my wife. My wife is a hard worker, and she is very empathetic with people. She cares for others. But because of this, she sometimes takes on too much of a load, whether it is meeting with people or cooking for them. I’ve seen this tendency manifest itself in frustration or weariness.

One of the ways I have learned to love her is by protecting her. I will say, “No, you’re not cooking for small group this week. We are going to order out. You’re getting worn down.” Or as she is the primary caregiver for our daughter, Saiyah, sometimes if Saiyah is having a bad night, I will take care of Saiyah. Why? It’s because I know my wife. If my wife doesn’t get sleep, she doesn’t function well. I’ve had to develop a knowledge base about my wife so I can better serve her. I know she really likes it if I do things around the house. Sometimes, if she’s getting worn out, I’ll help out more.

But when we first got married, I just would watch and didn’t do much to help or serve her. I could see the pattern that would lead toward frustration but never really responded to it, which in turn brought frustration in the marriage. Now I am a veteran of over seven years and I have learned to better understand her rhythms and my rhythm. I do not claim to be good at this, but because I’m studying her, I’m getting better.

How else does the husband dwell with his wife according to knowledge?

2. The husband must “know” Scripture.

I think this is one of the things that is implied by this knowledge the husband must have. If he is going to be godly husband, he must not only know his wife but Scripture as well and relate to his wife on the basis of Scripture. Listen to Ephesians 5:25–27.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (emphasis mine).
Ephesians 5:25–27

Here in this text, the primary way the husband loves his wife is by washing her with the Word of God. One of the things the husband must do in serving his wife is study the Word of God with her, teach her the Word of God, and also help her apply it so she can be without stain or wrinkle. He needs to wash her blemishes, her insecurities. He must build her up in the inner person so she can fulfill all that God has called her to do. The husband plays the role of Christ. In the same way, Christ equips the church to serve through the Word of God, he calls the husband to do that with his wife.

The husband must dwell with his wife according to the knowledge of Scripture. The husband needs to learn and study Scripture in order to be obedient to God. He may apply this knowledge by leading in family devotions, taking the family to a Bible-preaching church, and simply exhorting the wife and children to daily holiness.

This is very important for young single women to understand so that as they search for a husband, they will look for a man who is a spiritual leader. I know the pickings are slim. The world can give you a husband, but a godly spouse is a gift from the Lord. Listen to Proverbs 19:14: “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.” You need to wait for your gift and not compromise. Look for someone that knows the Word and teaches it not only with their mouths but with their lives.

This is also a call for young men to prepare themselves. Prepare yourself to lead a family by knowing the Word of God and being involved in serving God’s church. What else is the man called to do?

Application Question: What are some unique things that you have learned about your spouse that help you better serve him or her? How can you be more faithful in serving him your spouse? For singles, how is God calling you to grow in your “knowledge” in order to be a godly mate?

In a Godly Marriage, a Husband Needs to Dwell with His Wife

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers (emphasis mine).
1 Peter 3:7 (ESV)

Peter says the husband must “live with” his wife as seen in the ESV. Again, it literally can be translated “dwell together with.” This means that in order to be a godly husband, you must spend time with your wife and in fact be at home. This is very important to say because many homes fail specifically on this issue. The husband is not at home. He is not at home because of work; he is not at home because of pleasure. He is not at home because at home there is stress.

One of the things that is needed for a godly marriage is for the husband to dwell with his wife. Often in our society the job demands have become almost unreasonable. Satan is the ruler of this world, the ruler of this wicked age, and he knows what he is doing.

In some jobs, it is almost impossible for a husband to be at home, and that includes the pastorate. One of the reasons pastor kids and missionary kids have such bad reputations is because many times, the fathers, the pastors, are not around. They are too busy doing ministry. Look, it is impossible to be a good pastor without being a good husband and a father (1 Tim 3:2). And in order to do this, men must be at home. In fact, this is something I have seen a lot in the church, since I served as a youth pastor for seven years. Listen to what Paul said in Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (or “Do not provoke your children to wrath” in the KJV).

Paul tells the fathers to not push the children to wrath but to train them in the instruction of the Lord. In order to train them in the instruction of the Lord, the father has to be around. One of the main ways a child is provoked to wrath is because fathers are not home. Many of these children grow up not really knowing their father because he was never around, and therefore, they grow up with a tremendous anger. We are raising an angry generation of children. And as you know, children whose fathers are not around are more prone to divorce, crime, abuse, depression, suicide, etc. Why? It’s because they are angry.

Listen, in order to have a godly marriage, husbands/fathers have to be at home. You have to “dwell together with your wife.” You need to be home with your kids. Now practically this may mean changing careers or having a lesser level of living. A lot of these jobs today will not let you be home. That’s one of the things I have to consider when looking at ministry jobs.

Our churches are so far away from God they, in a sense, demand for pastors to not be good fathers or husbands. Look, not me. I want to honor God before I honor any church or job. First Timothy 5:4 and 8 says the first priority of our religion must be our family and anyone who neglects this, is worse than an infidel. Even unbelievers care for their family.

A characteristic of a godly marriage is the husband being home, dwelling with his wife and kids.

Application Question: Do you feel that it’s true that godly male leadership is in high demand but low supply? How do you think godly single women should respond to this drought? What about vice versa?

In a Godly Marriage, Couples Honor Their Differences

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner.
1 Peter 3:7

Next, Peter tells the husband to treat her with respect, or better translated “honor,” as the weaker partner or vessel. What does he mean by weaker vessel?

Interpretation Question: What does Peter mean by the woman being the “weaker partner or vessel?”

He seems to be referring to the physical strength of the woman. In general, men are stronger physically than women and also sometimes emotionally. Because he has made the woman’s body to bear children, there are tremendous hormonal differences in comparison to the body of the man that sometimes affects the emotions.

The husband must honor these differences, rather than beleaguering them, which is very common in marriage. One of the ways this often plays out in marriage is that husbands and wives look upon these differences with disdain. They just don’t understand one another. In one sense, the husband tries to make the woman more masculine like he is. The wife tries to make the husband more feminine.

Interpretation Question: Why does Peter tell the husbands to be more considerate about the wives and not vice versa?

I like to think of the husband’s vessel being like a brick and the wife’s like a delicate vase. If God calls the brick and the vase to dance, which vessel is typically going to get hurt? The vase will. Many times marriage is like this. The brick is constantly hurting the vase. They have a different structure, and therefore, the brick needs to be delicate in how he handles the vase.

This is a shallow illustration of something I’ve learned in marriage. I was raised to be a “man’s man,” or so I like to think, in part because of my athletic background. My wife and I like to banter over stuff like the milk expiration date. My wife likes to throw away the milk the day the milk is past the date. I like to go, “No babe, that is the best sold by date. It’s not necessarily bad. Let’s not throw out the milk.”

One of the ways I’ve learned how to deal with this and, similar issues, is recognizing that we are just different. I want to eat the leftovers that have been in the fridge for a week, and my wife wants to throw them away. But the reality is, most things I eat I don’t get sick over. My vessel is a like a brick; I’m not too concerned about getting sick from food or day-old coffee. My wife’s body is different; some things that I eat she might get sick from. We are different in many ways. I’ve had to learn how to accept these differences, and to honor them as well.

We even see this in parenting styles. My wife is a woman and is very delicate with the baby, delicate with her eating, and of course, I am not. I was throwing Saiyah in the air the first week she was born. I was doing flips with her. I am male. We have learned to respect and honor our differences. I like to sneak Saiyah ice cream when Momma is not around.

These may be bad illustrations that show how crazy I really am, but God has given males and females different vessels, and it affects how we interact with other people and our environment. For many marriages, these differences are a source of constant conflict. We need to honor the delicateness or the strength of the other vessel. Some things that would not bother you emotionally will probably bother your mate. Males and females are different, and these differences must be honored.

It should be noted that the word respect in the NIV is not strong enough. Most commentators would argue for the word honor as in the ESV. Husbands must not only respect their wives but honor them.

Application Question: The word respect is not a strong enough word in 1 Peter 3:7. It is better translated “honor.” What are some practical ways spouses can honor one another?

  1. Listen to them.
  2. Take time to enjoy the activities they enjoy. Sometimes the woman will honor the husband and their differences by enjoying certain sports or shows with him that she wouldn’t normally enjoy. Maybe the husband will go shopping with the wife or watch the Home TV Network.
  3. Praise them. Thank them for what they do. We need to show appreciation daily for our spouses and their differences.

Application Question: What type differences commonly cause conflict between males and females, especially in marriage? How have you dealt with these differences in the past?

In a Godly Marriage, Couples Experience Unhindered Powerful Prayer

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers (emphasis mine).
1 Peter 3:7

One of the things that is interesting about this text is the your in “hinder your prayers” is actually plural. Though some commentators believe this is referring to the husbands’ prayers, many believe Peter is referring to the couples’ prayers being hindered. If this is true, the implication is that the husband and wife are expected to have a corporate prayer life. They are praying individually and praying corporately. And when they are walking in unity with one another, God is answering their prayers. They pray for souls to be saved together, people to be healed, finances to come in to help people, and this godly couple is seeing answers to their prayers. This should be what we see in the life of a godly couple all the time.

The godly couple’s life of unity makes their prayers powerful. Listen to what Christ said:

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Matthew 18:19–20

Christ taught there was a great power in corporate prayer as people come together and agree with one another. This is one of the greatest things I have found about marriage. It has increased and strengthened my prayer life. Marriage is a powerful union, in part, because of the power of corporate prayer that comes with it. I have no doubt this is one of the reasons Satan works so hard against unity in the marriage because he knows it is a powder keg in getting God’s will done on the earth.

For that reason, Peter warns that strife in a relationship actually hinders the prayers of a couple; it makes their prayers ineffective. We see this principle generally taught throughout Scripture. Listen to what David said in Psalms 66:18: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

We also see specifically that living in anger with someone actually opens the door for the evil one in our lives. Look what Paul said in Ephesians 4:26–27: “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (emphasis mine).”

Many couples, by their disputing, not only close the door to their prayer life and make it unprofitable, but they give the devil a foothold, which is a war term. This means that the discord gives him an area to wage war on the marriage and their lives in order to bring destruction to it. Many couples live with a war going on that has been embellished by the work of the devil, and there is no help for them. God doesn’t hear their prayers because they refuse to forgive one another or give grace. Therefore, the devil continues to war. Godly couples live in prayer, and God answers their prayers.

Application Question: Do you find your prayer life more effective by yourself or in a group of two or more? Why or why not? What ways have you seen discord hinder your prayer life?

Conclusion

What are characteristics of a godly marriage?

  1. The wife submits to the husband, and it’s transformative.
  2. The wife has a focus on the internal instead of the external.
  3. The husband is growing in knowledge of his wife and the Word of God.
  4. The husband dwells together with his wife.
  5. The couple honors their differences.
  6. The couple has unhindered powerful prayer.

Application Question: What ways has this study challenged you or changed your mind about marriage?

HOW TO SAY THE ROSARY, AND DRINK IN THE SWEET FRAGRANCE OF FAITH

HOW TO SAY THE ROSARY, AND DRINK IN THE SWEET FRAGRANCE OF FAITH

Do you know how to say the Rosary? Would you like to walk through a fragrant rose garden of love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Son, Jesus? You can get there by saying this simple yet powerful prayer! Saint Louis De Montfort, famous for encouraging devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, called the Rosary “a blessed blending of mental and vocal prayer.” He further said we “honor and learn to imitate the mysteries and virtues” of the lives of Jesus and Mary through this prayer.

In case you’ve heard it’s too boring or too repetitive, think again! When you learn how to say the Rosary, you can “bond” with our Lord and His Blessed Mother as you reflect on their efforts for our salvation, and on what they endured out of love for each one of us!

They had more than their share of problems, just like we do at times! And yet, we know from our Lord’s Resurrection and His Mother’s Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth that they also had their triumphs. This thought can help you cope with your own difficulties.

In learning how to say the Rosary we are learning how to “imitate what they [the mysteries] contain and obtain what they promise,” as we say in the final prayer below. We pray for strength and wisdom and for the graces the Rosary can give us and others.

(By the way, if the word “mysteries” makes you feel more like Inspector Clouseau than Lt. Columbo, don’t worry! You’re not solving a case! A mystery in this case refers to a particular event in the lives of Jesus and Mary.)

Getting started is simple: You can purchase a Rosary, such as the one shown at right, at any number of Catholic book stores, gift shops, or perhaps other stores online. The beads help you keep track of each mystery listed below as you meditate. (You can also use your fingers if you don’t have a Rosary.)

You start the Rosary by saying the Apostles’ Creedon the cross, followed by one Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be. 

Then you say the five decades of the Rosary. Each decade consists of one Our Father, followed by ten Hail Marys (which are said on each of ten beads grouped together, as in the picture above), one Glory Be, and then the Fatima Prayer (printed below).

THE FATIMA PRAYER
“Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of thy mercy.” 
(Please note that the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically requested at Fatima in 1917 that we include this prayer after each decade.)

During each decade you meditate on the following events in the lives of Jesus and Mary:

The Five Joyful Mysteries 
(said on Mondays and Saturdays) 
1. The Annunciation 
2. The Visitation 
3. The Nativity 
4. The Presentation 
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

The Five Luminous Mysteries 
(Said on Thursdays) 
1. The Baptism of Jesus 
2. The Wedding at Cana 
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God 
4. The Transfiguration 
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries 
(said on Tuesdays and Fridays) 
1. The Agony in the Garden 
2. The Scourging at the Pillar 
3. The Crowning with Thorns 
4. The Carrying of the Cross 
5. The Crucifixion

The Five Glorious Mysteries 
(said on Wednesdays and Sundays) 
1. The Resurrection 
2. The Ascension 
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit 
4. The Assumption 
5. The Coronation

(Note: we say the Sorrowful Mysteries during the Sundays of Lent and
the Joyful Mysteries on Sundays in Advent.)

Then conclude with the Hail Holy Queen prayer and the following:

“LET US PRAY: O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Keep in mind you can say the Rosary anywhere that works for you, while walking, commuting, or perhaps in your office, anyplace you feel you can concentrate.

Also, if it helps, you can say a decade at a time at different times of the day if you’re busy. And, of course, if the spirit moves you, you can pray more than one set of mysteries a day!

Remember, in any case, that knowing how to say the Rosary opens up a wonderful world of structured meditation to help you with your prayer life. To make this easier, try different approaches to the Rosary. You can: 

• Read a meditation at the start of each mystery to give you “food for thought.” 

• Try any number of scriptural Rosary methods, either in books or online. These usually involve reading a Biblical verse relating to the mystery you’re contemplating before each “Hail Mary.” (The events of each mystery “unfold” well that way.) 

• Read and study the events, both in scripture and in commentary by the Saints and by learned religious or lay people. You’ll find you’ve learned not just how to say the Rosary but how to pray it better it as you come up with your own “Scriptural Rosary” thoughts for each decade! We also have one here if you think that might help!

You might also wish to study the history of the Rosary as well for inspiration. The Blessed Virgin Mary once said that with the Rosary and the scapular (a special piece of cloth you can wear) she could save the world.

(According to St. Louis De Montfort, tradition has it that Mary taught St. Dominic how to say the Rosary in the 13th century.)

St. Pio once refrerred to the Rosary as his “weapon” against Satan and sin. We can all form a Heavenly Army here on Earth for Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. Help them help us! In addition to reciting it often (every day is best!), teach someone you know how to say the Rosary.

How to say The Rosary when you Are Busy

How to say The Rosary when you Are Busy

To truly advance in growing into the saint God designed us to be, It is highly encouraged to make praying the rosary daily a priority in our lives. Because most a times we give excuses on why we fail to say our rosaries daily. In this article I will let you know how you can say the Rosary be it while walking, commuting, or perhaps in your office, anyplace you feel you can concentrate.


Actually, in saying the rosary we don’t need all the time in the world or hours to say a decade of the rosary. Saying the rosary takes us only 20 mins of our time daily. But if you just don’t think you’ve got 20 minutes to sit down and ask for Our Lady’s intercession through the rosary, let me find 20 minutes for you. Always bear in mind that it doesn’t have to be a perfect 20 minutes and you don’t have to carry a rosary with you. You have 10 fingers, right? That’s good enough.

In the morning while taking your shower, What else do you have to do in the shower?

Praying is far better than to let your mind wander. Say the rosary in your mind If you’re not done praying by the time you’re finished, continue while toweling off, getting dressed and even blow drying your hair.

Do you go running regularly?

Make praying the holy rosary your activity rather than paying attention to music. There are some Apps, such as on the free Laudate Catholic app, that you can listen to as you run.

Do you go for Morning mass every day?

Pray as you walk on the road to the church, then continue saying it on your way home.

While going for Work or going to your Office. Do you board a car as you go to work?

Say the rosary as you are inside a bus waiting to get to your destination.

Do you drive yourself to work?

Get a CD from Catholic City, play it as you go to work and pray along with. You will be amazed how it will make you feel.

Are you a cleaner?

You can Pray the rosary as you vacuum, fold the laundry, mop, dust, etc. In this situation, You say aloud any Mystery you want to start to help you not miss your counts. And while you’re at it, you can always pray for those who will reap the benefits of your efforts of a clean home and wear those clean-folded clothes. You can always do same as you cook.

As you fall asleep

Do you know what a joy it is to drift to sleep with thoughts of Jesus and Mary on your mind? The only disadvantage to this one is that you might fall asleep before you get through the whole beads. The good news to it is that you can start the rosary at night and ask your Guardian Angels to finish if you eventually fall asleep. And there is nothing wrong with that. But by actually contemplating the mysteries of the rosary, consciously, the graces of the rosary will be so much more available.

While waiting

Many times we find our waiting in a queue for more than 20 mins. Be it queuing in line at the grocery, at the doctor’s office, in the school pick-up line, in a gas station or in traffic. Work in a decade each time you’re in line or your waiting and you’ll be done by day’s end.It’s ok to spread out the 5 decades throughout the day. In fact, focusing on just one decade at a time thereby helping you say a decade at a time at different times of the day when you’re busy. And, of course, if the spirit moves you, you can pray more than one Decade a day.


I truly don’t think Our Blessed Mother minds that we pray the rosary with busy hands, but we must make our hearts open to receive all the graces.But everything you do “Let it occur to you that nothing is little within the eyes of God. Do all that you just do with Peace and Love.” ~~ St. Therese.

107 Amazing And Interesting Facts About Jesus Christ (ULTIMATE LIST)

107 Amazing And Interesting Facts About Jesus Christ (ULTIMATE LIST)

Looking for a list of facts about Jesus, the central figure of Christianity?

Here’s the most comprehensive collection of unknown, funny, interesting and historical facts about Jesus Christ.

Discover amazing facts about His birth, family, ministry, miracles, death, disciples, view on human sexuality, the gospels and His far-reaching legacy and influence in our modern times.

Facts About Jesus Birth

facts about jesus birth

1. Jesus got his name from an angel of God who told Joseph that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit and not by a human. Joseph was going to divorce Mary, but the angel told him not to do this, and to name the child Jesus.

2. Jesus was a fairly common name in the first half of the first century A.D. It means in Hebrew: “God saves”.

3. Jesus did not have a last name like us in the 21st century. Christ is not his last name, but a title that means “the anointed one”.

4. Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25, most scholars agree that he wasn’t born on that day. His birthday is celebrated in December because that was the date of the Jewish Festival of Lights, called the Festival of Hanukkah, which fell on 25 to 30 Kislev. Nobody really knows exactly when Jesus was born. Some scholars believe that Jesus may have been born in spring or summer.

5. The Bible does not say how many wise men came to see Jesus. The traditional number of three came about because three gifts are mentioned.

6. The star of Bethlehem was most likely an astrological conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Rumor has it that the star could be a nova or a new star; a comet; or an aligning of Jupiter with the star Regulus.

7. Jesus wasn’t actually born in 1 A.D. Most scholars put the date of Jesus’ birth sometime between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C.

8. People have been using “Xmas” since the 1500s. If you say “Xmas” you’re not taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”. In Greek, “X,” or Chi, is the first letter of Christ’ name.

9. Jesus wasn’t born in a stable. The wooden crèche we’re used to see as part of Nativity scenes is not accurate.
Some people, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, believe Jesus was born in a “cave-like place.”

10. The wise men may not have met Jesus as a newborn. Many scholars believe they arrived when Jesus was between 1 and 2 years old. When they came, the Bible says they visited Jesus at his family’ house, not at the place of his birth.

11. After the wise men failed to report back to him about Jesus’ birth, Harod gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were younger than 2 years. Experts estimate that between 7 and 20 children were murdered during this massacre.

12. Jesus was the first and only baby born to a virgin and was the only human ever to live a sinless life.

13. Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, means “house of bread.”

14. You know that scene we often see where Joseph and the pregnant Mary are going to Bethlehem, and Joseph is walking while leading a donkey on which Mary is riding? The Bible never says Mary was riding a donkey (she may have walked).

15. Jesus was not white, as most portraits of him would have us believe. Bible declares Jesus’ Jewishness, meaning He likely had light to dark brown skin.

Facts About Jesus Family

facts about jesus family

16. Jesus had 4 half-brothers. James, Joseph, Judas and Simon.

17. Jesus had sisters, but they are not named or numbered in the Bible.

18. John the Baptist was Jesus’ second cousin because Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elisabeth, the mother of John, were both cousins. John was about 6 months older than Jesus.

19. John The Baptist wore clothes made from camel’ hair.

20. John The Baptist never performed any miracles.

21. Mary, the mother of Jesus, speaks in 15 verses in the Bible. Her last words were: “Do whatever Jesus tells you.”

Facts About Jesus Ministry

facts about jesus ministry

22. Jesus is frequently addressed as “Rabbi”. The word Rabbi originates from the Hebrew meaning “teacher.” Today it refers to those who have received rabbinical ordination and are educated in Jewish law.

23. The perfume a woman, called Mary, poured on Jesus is said to be worth more than a year’ wages. The Greek translation puts this as more than 300 Roman denarii. In today’s currency, that’s roughly $20,000 of precious perfume poured out on Jesus’ feet.

24. John 11:35 “Jesus wept”, is the shortest verse in the Bible.

25. In every one of Jesus’ recorded prayers, He addressed God as “Father.”

26. The main reason Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem was to fulfill the prophecy in Zechariah 9:10: “to proclaim peace to the nations”.

27. Following His resurrection from the dead, Jesus appeared 12 times to his disciples and followers.

28. Jesus was about 30 years old when he began His ministry.

29. Jesus began His public ministry around AD 26, shortly after the ministry of John the Baptist.

30. Jesus’ earthly ministry last about 3.5 years.

31. According to scholars, the first recorded words of Jesus are in Mark 1:15: “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

32. Jesus spoke on earth 3 languages: Aramaic was his first language, Hebrew for scholarly questions and Greek on some occasions.

33. It is supposed from Mark 6:2-3 that Jesus was, like his stepfather, a carpenter. But, by today’s notion of the profession, he’d more likely be called an “engineer”.

34. Every quote Jesus used against Satan was from the book of Deuteronomy.

35. The New Testament tells of the life and ministry of Jesus. There is a total of 260 chapters and 7956 verses in the New Testament. If you divide these numbers against each other, you will get the age Jesus started His ministry. 7956 verses : 260 chapters = 30.6 Indeed, Jesus was about 30 years old when he began His ministry.

36. Jesus and the number 40: Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days; Jesus preached for about 40 months; 40 days separate the Ascension of Jesus of his Resurrection.

37. Jesus, Moses, and Elijah fasted for 40 days. Moses also went without water.

38. God the Father spoke to Jesus audibly 3 times while He was on Earth: At His baptism; At the Transfiguration; Before Jesus went to the cross.

39. The last words of Jesus before he ascended to heaven was: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.

Facts About Jesus Miracles

facts about jesus miracles

40. The feeding of 5000 men was one of Jesus’ miracles. It is the only miracle that is recorded in all four Gospels.

41. The gospels record at least 37 detailed miracles of Jesus.

42. 24 of Jesus’ miracles were healing miracles, 10 were nature’s miracle and 3 resurrection miracles.

43. The first miracle Jesus Christ performs during His ministry is changing water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana.

44. The second miraculous catch of fish in John 21:1-14 was the last miracle of Jesus on Earth before His ascension to Heaven.

45. Jesus raised 3 persons from the dead. The son of a widow in Nain, Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus.

46. Jairus’ daughter was 12 years old when Jesus brought her back to life.

47. Jesus used “fish” to perform a miracle 4 times in His earthly ministry: 1. When He fed 5000 men; 2. When a coin appeared in the mouth of a fish to pay taxes; 3. When Jesus told Simon Peter to let down his nets again, then they were filled with fish; 4. When Jesus told the disciples who were fishing to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and it was filled with fish.

Facts About Jesus Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection

facts about jesus death

48. Jesus was under such extreme stress, when He was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, that His sweat became like “giant drops of blood falling to the ground”. The medical term for this is “hematohidrosis.” Only Luke, a doctor, mentions this happening to Jesus.

49. “Gethsemane” is a corruption into English of the Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM. GAT means wine-press, while SHMANIN means oils, and is the plural of the Hebrew word SHEMEN, for oil. Thus, a literal translation of “Gethsemane” would be “winepress of oils”.

50. “Gethsemane” is a corruption into English of the Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM. GAT means wine-press, while SHMANIN means oils, and is the plural of the Hebrew word SHEMEN, for oil. Thus, a literal translation of “Gethsemane” would be “winepress of oils”.

51. The sign nailed to the cross of Jesus stating: “Jesus Of Nazareth, The King Of The Jews” was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.

52. Today in many churches, when Jesus’ cross is displayed, the letters INRI are placed on the sign above the cross. INRI is an abbreviation for “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum”, which is the Latin translation of “Jesus Of Nazareth, The King Of The Jews”

53. Jesus had been on the cross from approximately 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., a total of six hours.

54. Traditionally, many believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday afternoon. The Good Friday–Easter Sunday tradition simply isn’t true or biblical. Most scholars now agree that Jesus was crucified and entombed on a Wednesday afternoon, not on Friday.

55. The name of the place where Jesus was crucified was called, “Golgotha,” which means “The Place of a Skull.” According to early church fathers, the location was called “The Place of the Skull” due to the shape of the hill that apparently reminded people of a human skull. Golgotha is located underneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which lies in the northwest quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

56. Crucifixions were commonplace in Roman times. It was designed not only to kill but also as a terrible warning to other would-be criminals. Victims of crucifixion were to be humiliated, often left to hang completely naked. Crucifixion was also an “excruciating” way to die because it was a very slow and painful means of death. Depending on the circumstance, some people could live for days after being nailed to a cross. Given the nature of crucifixion and its dishonorable form, Roman citizens were not crucified, except for treason.

57. Before being crucified, criminals were beaten with a whip. The thongs of the whip were often strung with knuckle-bones, lead pellets, or other sharp objects, sometimes to fatal effect. This punishment caused considerable bleeding and sometimes death.

58. Most victims of crucifixion eventually fell into unconsciousness, but Jesus remained fully conscious until the end. He died suddenly with a prayer.

59. The 7 last words of Jesus on the cross were:
1. Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”, which means: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”;
2. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing;
3. Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise;
4. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit;
5. Dear Woman, here is your son;
6. I am thirsty;
7. It is finished.

60. The 30 pieces of silver Judas received to betrayed Jesus was 30 Roman Denarii, which are roughly equivalent to an average American accepting payment of about $4,200.

61. Many dead saints came out of their graves at Christ’s death.

62. It was not usual to bury the bodies of criminals. They were left for the dogs and vultures to eat. However, Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body and bury him with the help of Nicodemus.

63. Jesus was very poor on Earth but when he died he was buried in a rich man’s tomb. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be buried in a rich man’s tomb. This was fulfilled hundreds of years later.

64. Many scholars believe that the average life expectancy during Jesus’ time on Earth was about 30-40 years.

Facts About Jesus Disciples

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65. There are 4 lists of Jesus’ disciples: Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16 and Acts 1:13. The order in which the names of the disciples are listed varies. But the list always starts with Peter, and always concludes with Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

66. Jesus’ disciples were teenagers, almost all under the age of 18 and some as young as 15. All were most likely bachelors.

67. The first mention of Apostle Paul in the Bible is in Acts 7:58, his first recorded words are in Acts 9:5 and his first recorded sermon in Acts 13: 16-41.

68. Bartholomew, one of Jesus’ disciples was beaten, skinned alive and crucified head down. Some of his skin and bones are still kept in The Basilica of St. Bartholomew in Rome. A part of his skull is in Germany and an arm is venerated at the Canterbury Cathedral in England.

69. John was thrown into a metal pot of boiling oil, but he miraculously survived. The Roman emperor at the time, Domitian, decided after the incident to banish John to the island of Patmos in Greece. When Domitian died, John went back to Ephesus in Turkey where he spent the rest of his days. He died a very old man, the only disciple to do so.

70. The apostle Paul persecuted the Church for about the first 3 years of its existence.

71. Judas Iscariot was one of the 7 people who committed suicide in the Bible. The others were Zimri, Abimelech, Ahithophel, Samson, Saul and Saul’ armor bearer.

72. Word for word, Luke wrote more of the New Testament than Paul.

73. The books Paul wrote in the New Testament were named for the people they were written to.

74. Paul was guarded by 470 soldiers when He was taken to Governor Felix.

75. Paul was a tentmaker, he spoke both Greek and Hebrew, but was unskilled in speech.

76. Timothy was mentioned by Paul 17 times in his letters and had a Jewish mother and a Gentile father.

77. The field where Judas Iscariot committed suicide was named Aceldama or “The Field of Blood”

78. Jesus stayed up all night praying before choosing His 12 disciples. The first two he called were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew.

79. Paul uses the word “joy” more in Philippians than any other Epistle. It was written while he was in prison. He uses the word “grace” within the first 5 verses of each book he wrote. Paul also gives “thanks” in the 1st chapter of 11 of his 13 books.

80. Paul performed the last recorded miracle in the Bible in Acts 28:7-9. He healed the father of Publius, who was sick in bed, suffering from fever and severe diarrhea.

81. In the synoptic Gospels, Jesus only called His apostles “disciples” one time: when He gave them directions for preparing for the Last Supper.

82. Tradition says James was called “Old Camel Knees” because he spent so much time on his knees in prayer.

Facts About The Gospels

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83. The Gospel according to Luke was written by a doctor.

84. Matthew is the only Gospel written by a Jew to the Jews about their Jewish Messiah.

85. At least 60% of Matthew’s Gospel focuses on the teachings of Jesus.

86. There are no parables in John’s Gospel. But it contains metaphors about ordinary things, such as water, harvest, bread, light, a shepherd and a grain of wheat.

87. Lydia was the first Christian who converted in Europe.

88. Jesus called Himself the “Son of man” 79 times in the Gospels.

89. The prayer recorded in John 17 is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in any of the Gospels.

90. The first three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are known as the Synoptic Gospels, because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar wording.

91. Mark’s Gospel, the shortest of the three, appears almost in its entirety in the Gospel of Matthew, and 53% of Mark is found in Luke.

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Jesus and Sexuality

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92. Many scholars agree that during his stay on earth, Jesus was an unmarried heterosexual virgin and was circumcised, as were all other Jewish male babies, on the eighth day after his birth.

93. Jesus dealt with sexual temptation just like all males. Did Jesus ever think about having a sexual relationship? Yes. Jesus was once an adolescent. Did he think about sex at least every fifteen minutes, or so? Certainly! Jesus was fully man and fully God. According to the Bible in Hebrews 4:15, Jesus endured every (sexual) temptation that humans face, but without sinning.

94. Jesus’ view on sexual behaviors:
– Jesus affirmed that sex should be between one man and one woman in marriage according to Matthew 19:4-5;
– Jesus prohibits divorce, except in a case of sexual misconduct in Matthew 5:31-32;
– Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 that if you look on a woman (man) with an obsessive consuming lust, you commit adultery with her (him);
– Jesus was silent on the issues of homosexuality and bisexuality. He said nothing about them;
– Asexuality is not specifically mentioned in the Bible. But Jesus touched on a subset of asexuality in Matthew 19:12 when he said that some men are born without sexual desire for women;
– Jesus didn’t say anything specifically about Masturbation, but he did say to not have lust in your heart in Matthew 5:28;
– According to Matthew 22:30, Jesus said there will be no sex and marriage in heaven.

95. Some believe that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had kids. The most controversial claim was that of novelist Dan Brown who asserted that Jesus was married and fathered a daughter who became the ancestress of the Merovingian dynasty of France. But such claim has been widely dismissed by Bible experts.

96. It is often said that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, but nowhere does the Bible say this. Some believe this idea may have come from the Jewish Talmud, which said the city of Magdala had a reputation for prostitution.

97. Early Latter Day Saint Apostle Orson Hyde taught that Jesus was a polygamist who was married to Mary Magdalene, Martha, and Mary of Bethany, and fathered children with them. He also taught that the marriage at Cana was Jesus’ own wedding. This idea is not official the doctrine of the Latter Day Saint Church although it has certainly entered into Mormon folklore.

98. There is a cult group, called Children of God, that actively encourages its members to imagine Jesus is joining them during sexual intercourse and masturbation.

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Jesus In Modern Times

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99. There is a TV miniseries on The History Channel named The Bible. Many weird things happened when filming the scenes involving Jesus:
– One night, when the actor playing Jesus referenced the Holy Spirit as being like the wind, a huge gust of air blew across the entire crew for 20 seconds, which was filming the scene on a very still night in the Sahara desert;
– In another incident, the set’s snake wrangler, who usually recovered one or two snakes per day on set to protect crew members, found 48 cobras and vipers hidden near the scene of the cross, where the crew was to film Jesus’ crucifixion;
– The third incident, happened when the crew was filming the baptism scene in a giant Sahara lake and part of Jesus’ detailed costume, which took months to create, floated away. A few days later, the costume was found and returned by a kid who lives many miles away from the filming set.

100. There is a six-foot tall Jesus figure composed of 30,000 pieces of white LEGO bricks, located in a Swedish protestant church. It took about 40 volunteers and 18 months to build.

101. B.C. does stand for “before Christ.” A.D. actually stands for the Latin phrase anno domini, which means “in the year of our Lord.” The B.C./A.D. dating system is not taught in the Bible. It actually was not fully implemented and accepted until several centuries after Jesus’ death.

102. Christ the King Statue situated in Świebodzin, western Poland, is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world:
– The figure is 33 metres (108 ft) tall;
– The height of 33 metres symbolises Jesus’ age at his death;
– It is 3 metres (9.8 ft) taller than the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro;
– The crown is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall;
– The Statue weighs 440 tons;
– Composed of concrete and fibreglass;
– It took 5 years to build;
– Was completed on 6 November 2010;
– Cost around $1.5 million to construct;
– Paid by the donations of the 21,000 residents of the town;
– The project was led by Sylwester Zawadzki, a retired Polish priest.

103. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer Statue is one of the world’s most famous and impressive religious statues:
– The statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall;
– Its arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide;
– Weighs 635 metric tons;
– Was constructed between 1922 and 1931;
– Made of concrete and soapstone;
– Listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World;
– On average, it’s hit by lightning 12 times every summer;
– The statue draws some 300,000 visitors each year.

104. Jesus Christ started the largest religion in the world. Awesome statistics about Christianity:
– There are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world;
– More than 30% of the world’s population are Christian;
– 26% of Christians live in Europe and 37% in the Americas, 23 % in Africa, 13% in Asia and 1% in the Middle East;
– 50% of Christians are Catholic, 37% are Protestants and 12% are Orthodox Christians;
– About 90% of Christians live in countries where Christians are in the majority;
– By 2050, more than 6 out of 10 people on Earth will be Christian or Muslim.

105. One of the Greatest gift from Jesus to humankind is the Bible. Some fascinating facts about the Bible:
– It took 16 centuries and 40 men to write the Bible;
– Among the writers were: Kings, a doctor, prophets, statesmen, priests, military leaders, tax agents, fishermen, poets, shepherds and prisoners;
– Most of the Bible’s authors were uneducated men, yet the Bible is considered a literary masterpiece;
– The Bible was the FIRST mass produced printed book in the West by a German guy named Gutenberg;
– The price of a complete copy of the Gutenberg’s Bible today is between $25 and $35 million. Individual leaves now sell for $20,000–$100,000;
– They translated the Bible into more than 3000 languages, covering 95% of world’s population;
– The Bible is the best selling book in history. As of 2014, more than 5 billion Bibles have been sold. In the U.S. alone approx. 170,000 Bibles are either sold or given away every month;
– Some bookstore owners claim that the Bible is the world’s most shoplifted book;
– It can be found in almost every home. About 88% of American households own a Bible;
– The Bible is the only book in the world that is read by people of all races, ages and economic levels;
– The French philosopher, Voltaire, boasted that within 100 years of his death the Bible would disappear. He died in 1778 and as of 2016 the Bible is still here. The irony is that after Voltaire’s death the French Bible Society used his house to print thousands of Bibles.

106. Some funny and interesting facts about Christian Churches around the world:
– In 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 different Christian denominations;
– The Catholic Church had an income of US$97 billion in 2010;
– More people go to Church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe;
– Pope Francis used to work as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
– A Church built into a cave is the largest Church in the Middle East;
– Billy Graham preached Christianity to over 200 million people;
– A study has found that going to church lowers your blood pressure;
– The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial;
– There are at least seven Christian churches in Antarctica;
– Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a State Religion in the year 301;
– Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith;
– One of the worst countries in the world for Christians is North Korea. Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs;
– The Catholic Church spends more money than Apple brings in. Expenditures by the Catholic Church, largely on charity, exceeded $170 billion in 2012, according to The Economist magazine. In that same year, Apple took in $157 billion in revenue;
– There’s a church, The Christian Science Church, in Dixon, Illinois that looks like a giant penis when seen from above. It’s on Google Maps.

107. Things Jesus said about the end of times:
– No one knows the day or hour of my return;
– Many will come and claim to be me and fool many people;
– Nations will go to war against each other and there will be many threats of war;
– People will starve to death;
– There will be huge earthquakes in some places;
– People will arrest, punish and kill Christians around the world;
– The world will hate Christians;
– Many Christians will lose their faith and betray each other;
– Many false prophets will come and fool a lot of people;
– Evil will spread and cause many people to stop loving others;
– The gospel will be preached in all the world;
– The end times will be the worst time of suffering since the beginning of the world;
– False messiahs and false prophets will come and work great miracles and signs;
– The day of my return will take people by surprise;
– Christians shouldn’t be afraid when these things are happening. Stand up and lift up your heads, because your salvation is near