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Jesus’s Special Clothing

Editor’s Note: The following content is adapted from the Lucado Encouraging Word Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2020), available to you immediately online when you join Bible Gateway Plus.

by Max Lucado

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:6, NIV

Scripture says little about the clothes Jesus wore. We know what his cousin, John the Baptist, wore. We know what the religious leaders wore. But the clothing of Christ is nondescript: neither so humble as to touch hearts nor so glamorous as to turn heads.

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Gustave Doré Engravings of Jesus: Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection

Gustave DoréFrench artist Gustave Doré (1832–1883) created 241 wood-engravings for a deluxe edition (Grande) of the 1843 French translation of the Vulgate Bible, popularly known as the Bible de Tours. La Grande Bible de Tours was simultaneously published in two volumes in 1866 by Mame in Tours, France and by Cassell & Company in the United Kingdom.

Below are the engravings—and the Bible passages they illustrate—depicting the final hours of Jesus before his burial and resurrection. Click each image to enlarge it and each Bible reference to read the Scripture text and its corresponding reference note in the STUDY tab on Bible Gateway.

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Weekly Brief – Week of April 3, 2022

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Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews

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The book of Hebrews is one of the more difficult books of the New Testament to understand. This is mainly because it contains numerous quotations of and allusions to the Old Testament, which many Christians do not have a strong background in.

At the same time, Hebrews contains some of the richest theology in the New Testament and sheds important light on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. It’s also an encouraging book for believers encountering persecution and those who feel like giving up in the face of difficulties.

To help you gain a better understanding of this important epistle (letter), we’ll answer several frequently asked questions about it.

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How to Live the Bible — What It Means to Be a Disciple

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This is the two-hundred-third lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


“It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:1-5

Silhouette illustration of Jesus washing the disciples' feet.

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My Lifeline of Prayer

Shauna NiequistBy Shauna Niequist

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—“
1 Timothy 2:1

Thomas Keller, one of my favorite chefs, has a way of thinking about recipes that I just love. He says the first time you use a recipe, do it exactly as written. Follow every direction, every measurement. That way, you taste what the recipe writer or the chef had in mind exactly. Then the next time, you rewrite the recipe in your own words as simply as possible—you’re moving from their language to your language. Once you’ve rewritten the recipe your way, make the dish according to your new recipe. The third time, make it only from memory, and make at least one change—switch out a vegetable, change a spice—something to make it different from the original. Keller says that after you’ve made it for the third time, the recipe is yours. You’ve internalized it. It’s not a recipe in a cookbook; it’s in you, it’s part of you.

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Learn to Love Art through the Eyes of Faith: An Interview with Russ Ramsey

Russ RamseyHow should we appreciate art through the lens of the gospel? Why are we drawn to beauty? Why do we seek perfection in artistic expression?

Bible Gateway interviewed Russ Ramsey (@russramsey) about his book, Rembrandt Is in the Wind: Learning to Love Art through the Eyes of Faith (Zondervan, 2022).

What is the message behind the title of this book?

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Russ Ramsey: The title Rembrandt is in the Wind is a play on words. It refers to Rembrandt’s painting Storm on the Sea of Galilee, in which he paints himself as one of the disciples in the boat—the one in the center of the vessel looking out at the viewer. So in the painting of the storm, Rembrandt is, quite literally, in the wind. But this painting was also stolen in 1990 and has not been seen since, so in the criminal sense of the term, the canvas itself is “in the wind.”

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Encounter Scripture with Fresh Eyes and Your Imagination: An Interview with Russ Ramsey]

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Holy Week and Easter: The People, Places, and Events

Easter is the most significant event in the Christian church calendar. Without the events of Holy Week, there wouldn’t be a Christian faith. Easter is the reason the Christian church exists!

Get the free Bible study, Walking With Christ to the CrossEaster commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his execution on a Roman cross. That moment of resurrection is the core of Easter—but the days leading up to Easter are key parts of the story, too. The interplay of prophecy, friendship, betrayal, and grace during the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion is full of insight into human nature—and God’s love.

Have you read the Easter story recently? You’ve probably heard or read many of the most famous episodes in the Easter account, but it’s truly a story meant to be read as a coherent whole. In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to explore the Easter story.

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Weekly Brief – Week of March 27, 2022

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Bible Verses for Holy Week and Easter


Jesus during Holy WeekLooking for Bible verses for Holy Week and Easter? Here are portions of Scripture to help focus your attention during each day of Holy Week.

PALM SUNDAY

Philippians 2:5-11 (CSB): Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.

For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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