The Gospels indicate that darkness covered the land for three hours as Jesus hung on the cross. And nearing the final moments of His life, Jesus utters the well-known cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", quoting Psalm 22. This episode looks at these two events and offers a different perspective from what is commonly understood.
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As Jesus is laboriously carrying His cross to Golgotha, He turns to the crowds and the weeping women that followed Him on the road and speaks a final word of judgment to them and to the city. This episode looks at Jesus' words from Luke 23 and His quote from Hosea 10.
Jesus was sent back to Pilate after His interrogation before Herod Antipas, and the Jews were even more enraged. Though the Roman governor believed Jesus did not commit any crime nor was He deserving of death, the people cried out "crucify Him!" out of jealousy, envy, and a hatred for God in their hearts. This episode looks at select passages from Matthew 27, Mark 15, and Luke 23.
During the Passover meal just hours before His crucifixion, Jesus breaks bread and tells His disciples that it represents His broken body. He also lifts up a cup of wine and tells them that it signifies "the blood of the [new] covenant". This episode develops the details of this scene and discusses the often misunderstood "new covenant" from the Law and the Prophets.
On the final day of His public ministry, Jesus pronounces severe woes over the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. He also predicts the destruction of the Temple and tells His disciples about the signs of His coming and the end of the age. This episode looks at each of the seven woes Jesus speaks as well as the passage known as the Olivet Discourse from Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.
As Jesus' final day of His public ministry to Israel, Tuesday of Passion Week is filled with parables directed at the Jewish authorities and their failure to bear the fruits of repentance. This episode looks at three events from Matthew 22, including the parable of a king and a wedding for his son, paying taxes to Caesar, and the Sadducees' question on marriage and the resurrection.
Upon His entry into Jerusalem on Monday, Jesus once again turns over the tables of the money changers in the Temple - something He has done once before at the beginning of His ministry. While He taught during the day, He also quoted Isaiah 56 and Psalm 8 to the sneering Pharisees and Jewish authorities, asserting His identity as the God of Israel. This episode looks at the events of Monday of Passion Week.
On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey. Upon seeing the city, Jesus bursts into tears and pronounces a scathing judgment upon it. This episode develops the remaining details of the "triumphal" entry on what is commonly referred to as "Palm Sunday".
Between the Feast of Tabernacles in October and the Feast of Dedication in December, Jesus ministers in the region of Perea. This episode looks at the events of Luke 13, including Jesus' rebuke of the Pharisees and His yearning for Jerusalem's repentance.
After the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus continues ministering in Judea and Perea. This episode looks at the chronological context for the Lord's prayer as well as Jesus' often misunderstood words "the kingdom of God has come upon you" from Luke 11.