Topics: Matthew 13 New King James Version (NKJV) - Bible Gateway

2  When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3  to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

4  Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy [ b ] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

7  As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8  If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9  Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10  This is the one about whom it is written:

A Historical Person Yet, strangely, some say that Jesus never lived—that he is, in effect, a creation of some first-century men. Answering such skeptics, the respected historian Will Durant argued: “That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality, so lofty an ethic and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels.” Ask yourself: Could a person who never lived have affected human history so remarkably? The reference work The Historians’ History of the World observed: “The historical result of [Jesus’] activities was more momentous, even from a strictly secular standpoint, than the deeds of any other character of history. A new era, recognised by the chief civilisations of the world, dates from his birth.” Yes, think about it. Even calendars today are based on the year that Jesus was thought to have been born. “Dates before that year are listed as B.C., or before Christ,” explains The World Book Encyclopedia. “Dates after that year are listed as A.D., or anno Domini (in the year of our Lord).” Critics, nevertheless, point out that all that we really know about Jesus is found in the Bible. No other contemporary records concerning him exist, they say. Even H. G. Wells wrote: “The old Roman historians ignored Jesus entirely; he left no impress on the historical records of his time.” But is this true? Although references to Jesus Christ by early secular historians are meager, such references do exist. Cornelius Tacitus, a respected first-century Roman historian, wrote: “The name [Christian] is derived from Christ, whom the procurator Pontius Pilate had executed in the reign of Tiberius.” Suetonius and Pliny the Younger, other Roman writers of the time, also referred to Christ. In addition, Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, wrote of James, whom he identified as “the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.” The New Encyclopædia Britannica thus concludes: “These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.” Essentially, however, all that is known about Jesus was recorded by his first-century followers. Their reports have been preserved in the Gospels—Bible books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What do these accounts say regarding the identity of Jesus?

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11  He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12  Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13  This is why I speak to them in parables:

24  Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27  “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 about Matthew McArdle Name: Matthew McArdle Gender: Male Age: 10 Birth Date: abt 1916 Departure Date: 30 Jul 1926 Port of Departure: Southampton, England Destination Port: Wellington, New Zealand Ship Name: Remuera Search Ship Database: Search the Remuera in the Passenger Ships and Images database Shipping Line: The New Zealand Shipping Company, Limited Official Number: 124590 Master: J J Cameron This looks like him, he is travelling with James (a patern maker) and Nellie both aged 40, also Nellie aged 10 and John (a bricklayer aged 16). Address they are leaving is something like 5 Broyd St Lauriston Falkirk (the writing is like scribble) In 1949 the McArdles (James and Nellie, Matthew James (labourer) and John Miller McArdle (meter maker) all lived at 4 Oxford Tce, Hutt, Wellington. I think John Miller is the brother of James. I see he dies in NZ in 1945 aged 70. On the death index there is also a William Miller McArdle about 1883-1845 1901 Scotland Census about James Mcardle Name: James Mcardle Age: 14 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887 Relationship: Boarder Gender: Male Where born: Bonhill, Dumbartonshire Registration number: 479 Registration district: Falkirk Civil parish: Falkirk Town: Falkirk County: Stirlingshire Address: 72 Cemetery Rd Occupation: Patternmaker (apprentice ED: 20 Household schedule number: 6 Line: 7 Roll: CSSCT1901_157 Household Members: Name Age Mary Strang 37 Robt Strang 5 Elizh Strang 9 Catharine Strang 8 Jessie Strang 7 John Mcardle 25 Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire - Iron moulder James Mcardle 14 1891 Scotland Census about James McArdle Name: James McArdle Age: 5 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1886 Relationship: Son Father s Name: Thomas McArdle Mother s name: Maggie McArdle Gender: Male Where born: Bonhill, Dumbartonshire Registration number: 493 Registration district: Bonhill Civil parish: Bonhill County: Dumbartonshire Address: 45 George St Occupation: Scholar ED: 12 Household schedule number: 46 Line: 12 Roll: CSSCT1891_157 Household Members: Name Age Thomas McArdle 44 Maggie McArdle 43 John McArdle 16 Thomas McArdle 14 Alexander McArdle 10 William McArdle 8 James McArdle 5 Helen McArdle 1 The best site for family history in Scotland is this one- but it does cost money - NZ records might be useful too -

We do not know completely Peter crucified upsidedown James died in prison at Rome John died somewhere in Asia Matthew old age

Information on Gospel of Matthew. It is the near-universal position of scholarship that the Gospel of Matthew is dependent upon the Gospel of Mark.

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