“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” John 19:25 (NIV)
Some Bible scholars seem educated beyond their intelligence. They are religiously fanatical about tearing the Bible apart and seeking to find errors of fact, contradictions, etc. They have made a lifetime study of the Scriptures in order to try and prevent us from believing it is inspired by God. Alas they ignore the facts in order to maintain their illusion.
One of many ways we see integrity in the writing of Scripture is in how it shows the people of God “warts and all”. No time is wasted trying to make the main characters into plaster saints. When they err it is recorded as well as their triumphs. Such integrity should help make believers of us whenever the Bible makes a statement on any topic.
When Jesus told the disciples the night before the crucifixion that He was going away and they could not come with Him they all pledged to follow Him to the death, Matthew 26:35. However, when push came to shove, they all forsook Him and fled, Mark 14:50.
So the men were not what they said they would be. As we look at the scene around the cross we are told in the Gospels that several women attended Jesus but it records only one man being there who knew Jesus. So we ask where were the men?
No woman made wild promises to Jesus about being loyal come what may, they simply and quietly did the right thing. They showed up at the cross and some are even named. They came after the Sabbath to the tomb to care for Jesus’ body. They experienced the first two resurrection appearances and not the men. They were the first to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus.
Now how do you account for all this praise of women in a society that devalued them? How do you explain all the fumbling and false boasting of the men? There is only one reason for this possibly being recorded, it is true.
The Bible does not lie or deceive people. It was written with much to commend its honesty. Therefore when you come to a promise in Scripture that God gives His people you may depend on it being true as well.
God does not lie or lead astray in any matter. He has proven His honesty in what is written in the Bible concerning history. We may thus make the inference that He is true in all the other areas of biblical revelation as well. God tells it like it is.
Have you doubts about God’s promises to you? Well, if you are His child you may come and ask Him to fulfil every good promise you find in Scripture. Those promises are there for you to take for yourself.
Do not wait and stay away. Come to the God who made you, the one you call Father, and ask Him to fulfil your needs today. He is waiting, will you come?