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, April 14, 2015

After continuing all night in prayer, Jesus chooses twelve of His disciples that would go on to be the foundation of the church, the carriers of the Gospel, and the definitive eyewitnesses of all that Jesus said and did when He was among us. This episode looks at the lists of the Twelve from...

Released on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jesus has already amazed crowds and confounded the Jewish authorities. In the next period of His ministry, His teaching is recorded much more and His miracles surge in their magnitude. Tension also continues to mount between Him and the Jewish authorities. This episode introduces the Middle...

Released on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sermon on the Mount is arguably the most well-known of Jesus' teachings, yet its meaning is often misunderstood by casual readers. This episode introduces the Sermon by looking at its context within the story of the Gospels, when and where Jesus spoke it, as well as developing some of the...

Released on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jesus begins the famous Sermon on the Mount with the "beatitudes", a series of "blessings" and "woes" for the Jewish hearers. Luke's account of the Sermon shows Jesus being radically divisive and indicating that God is interested in a repentant heart, not merely outward actions. This episode...

Released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This...

Released on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This...

Released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a move that undoubtedly surprised many of the Jews, Jesus heals a Roman centurion's son from a distance and remarks that even among the Israelites He has not found such faith. Also in dramatic fashion, Jesus raises a widow's son from death. This episode dives into these two scenes from the...

Released on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

While dining with some Pharisees, Jesus encounters a sinful woman who shed tears of repentance on His feet. Apart from the awkwardness of the situation, the Pharisees were made even more uncomfortable because Jesus once again asserts His divinity and forgives her sins.

Released on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

While Jesus was with a large crowd, His mother and brothers come searching for him. Not only was Jesus utterly misunderstood by most of the people He ministered to, but His own family and those He was closest to profoundly misunderstood Him. This episode looks at this scene and closes with a...

Released on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jesus' parables are well-known but often misunderstood in modern times. Jesus did not use the parables to "rework" or "redefine" the fundamental hope of the Jews. This episode looks at several of His parables and sets them in the broader context of the message of Jesus and John the Baptist....

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