Whatsoever Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Will the real Mary, please stand up? 
Last week we promised to dispel some of the controversies regarding Mary (which one?), Jesus, and sin. Why are we even having this discussion? We established last week that although 76% of Americans align themselves with a Church (Catholic or Protestant), a whopping 42 % believe, or want to believe, that Jesus sinned while here on earth. If so, at least some “churchy” people believe this. How can that be?  “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Heb. 4:15.  
Without ascribing too much motive, lets look at some of the verses these folks will point to. We were talking about the account in John 12:1-11 where Jesus was having what was to be a relaxing dinner with friends, when a dispute erupted concerning Martha doing all the work while Mary worshiped at Jesus’ feet, “wasting” nearly a years worth of wages in oil to anoint Him. There are parallel accounts in Matt. 26, and Mark 14, that should not be confused with the account in Luke 7. This one was at the house of Simon the ex-leper, while the Luke account took place at the house of ----- another Simon. To make matters worse, Judas in our text is introduced as the “son of Simon”, still another. 
Our story took place in Bethany, about two miles out of Jerusalem, while the Luke account took place in Galilee. One Mary was Lazarus’ sister, while the other was the harlot. It was an unimaginable transgression for a woman to uncover her hair in public, let alone let it down, soooo, ---- there must have been some hankey panky right?  Not.   Here’s the rub. The last half a dozen movies pumped out by Hollywood have portrayed Jesus and Mary as being carnally involved. The History Channel, and the Discovery Channel are consumed with their interpret-tations of the Bible, which spring from an agenda to cast doubt. Satan is the author of doubt and confusion. These are all multiplied during what we celebrate as Easter. 
Why consult the world for Biblical things. The best commentary on the Bible is ----- The Bible. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Cor. 2:14. Before I got saved, I didn’t understand the first part of the Bible. Every time I opened it, all I read was “so in so begat so in so”. Why? Because “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1st Cor. 1:18. Read that verse again, and ask yourself if the Bible seems foolish to you?  God Bless.

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