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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2012

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 2, 2017

Around the 9th hour or 3pm on Friday of Passion Week, Jesus utters a number of phrases recorded by the Gospels and breathes His last. This episode looks into the final moments of His life and details the important phrases He spoke as He hung on the cross from John 19 and Matthew 27.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 4, 2017

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.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on March 7, 2017

Pilate determined that Jesus was a Galilean and was not under his jurisdiction, so he sent Him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time for the Passover feast. Herod had hoped to see a sign done by Jesus, but receives nothing but complete silence from Him. This episode looks at these events and examines how Jesus' example is a model for our discipleship.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 25, 2016

After leaving the upper room and before entering the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus and the eleven likely proceeded to the Temple where Jesus speaks John 15 through 17 to them. This episode expounds upon the corporate, Israelocentric reasons why it seems most likely that Jesus was in the Temple when He delivered these well-known words.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 11, 2016

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.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on September 20, 2016

After the disciples arrive to the upper room and find their place at the table, Jesus formally begins the "Last Supper", the Passover meal celebration with them before His crucifixion. This episode examines the Old Testament foundations of the Passover celebration, its meaning to the Jewish people, and the eschatological understanding of the feast for the future of the nation.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on July 26, 2016

On the journey back into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning of Passion Week, Peter sees the fig tree that Jesus cursed the previous morning. The object lesson here is often misunderstood, but is straightforward when the larger story of the Gospels is considered. Jesus then explains what the disciples' response must be - one of persevering, prayerful faith in God and reliance upon all He has spoken through the Law and Prophets. This episode examines the scene and Jesus' words from Mark 11.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 2, 2016

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.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 24, 2015

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.

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