The life of Jesus as revealed by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is a precious treasure given to us from God. For a large part of my life of faith, Jesus' story as told by the books we call the "Gospels" was not lucid and devastatingly real to me. I realized my "relationship" with Jesus was sincere but had little substance to it beyond sentiment towards His work on the cross. I could spend hours telling you about my favorite TV shows, but I couldn't tell you much about the details of the first 32 years of the One that humanity has longed for since Adam and Eve's fall in Eden's garden.

There is truly no greater feast of the knowledge of God available to us than what we see in the face of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:6). Beginning in the summer of 2013 and finishing in the summer of 2017, I recorded short videos that chronologically walk through the Gospels to encourage others to "behold the Lamb of God" (John 1:29) and to "hear Him" (Matthew 17:5) - to look at the treasure of His life and to listen to His matchless words. I pray this little contribution to the body of Messiah would help us to marvel at His "unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8), the One "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3), and to help us "eagerly wait" (Hebrews 9:28) for His return to rule in Jerusalem.

This teaching series is called "Opening Up the Gospels". There are 156 episodes, enough to watch one episode per week for three years straight. Find all the videos and more on my Youtube channel. I hope these videos are edifying and strengthening to your faith in Jesus.

Released on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At some point after Jesus cleanses the Temple, He meets with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. In this well-known scene in John 3, Jesus corrects Nicodemus' confidence and hope. Jesus was indeed the Messiah but would not establish His kingdom by an insurrection, and adherence to the Law of Moses...

Released on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As Jesus' disciples were baptizing, a dispute arises between John's disciples and a Jew over purification. John the Baptist gives a noble answer to them, calling himself a "friend of the bridegroom". Soon after, the Jewish authorities throw John in prison, sending Jesus and His new disciples...

Released on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jesus heads north to Galilee after John the Baptist was imprisoned, but first passes through Samaria. Unlike His reception in Jerusalem, Jesus was joyfully received by the Samaritan people. This episode discusses the significance of Jesus' exchange with the woman near Jacob's well.

Released on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

After being rejected in Jerusalem by the Jewish authorities, Jesus heads to Galilee to begin his appeal in the north. This episode discusses why Jesus' ministry likely lasted only two years, lays out the basic timeline of His ministry, and introduces the "Early Galilean" period.

Released on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Upon His return to Galilee, Jesus enters his hometown of Nazareth and stands up in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus identifies Himself as the one who will accomplish the things written. The Jews, in utter disbelief, attempt to throw him off of...

Released on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

While in Jerusalem for feast of the Jews, Jesus heals a paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda. When confronted by the Jewish authorities, Jesus asserts His divinity by saying that He and His Father are working on the Sabbath. Once again, Jesus asserts His authority over the leadership and...

Released on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In light of yet another rejection by the Jews in Jerusalem, Jesus leaves the feast and heads to Galilee to formally and permanently call some of His disciples - Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Their call came at no ordinary moment, however. After toiling all night and catching no fish, Jesus...

Released on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

While traveling with His first four official disciples, Jesus' fame spreads in Galilee like wildfire. While He was staying in Capernaum, Mark 1 and Luke 4 narrate several events that leave the crowds and us as the readers awestruck. This episode develops the healing of the demonized man on the...

Released on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jesus makes another circuit throughout Galilee, yet the Gospels record only two significant events during the period - the healing of a leper and the healing of a paralytic. In both instances, Jesus demonstrates deep compassion for the afflicted and yet again confronts the religious leaders for...

Released on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Many in Israel looked upon tax collectors with disdain because of their dishonesty and greed. By the shores of the sea of Galilee, a man named Matthew sat at his tax booth perhaps observing the ministry of Jesus and hearing His teaching. However, in one unexpected, breathtaking moment, Jesus...

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