Instead of being concerned with Himself and His own well-being while His betrayer was out conspiring against Him, Jesus prays for His disciples and those who would believe in Him through their word. This episode looks at Jesus' "high priestly prayer" from John 17 as well as His entry and prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John.
All resources referencing John 17
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.
Judas has departed and the Passover meal in the upper room comes to a conclusion. Jesus takes His eleven disciples out toward the Garden of Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem. This episode looks at the final moments of the feast and begins to explore the journey to the garden.
The baptism of Jesus is a very familiar scene to many, but there is so much confusion about it. Why was Jesus baptized and how does it tie into the greater story of the Gospels and the Old Testament? This episode looks at those moments in Bethany beyond the Jordan and connects Jesus' baptism to His identity as God's "son", the promised descendant of David who would rule as king from Jerusalem.
All of human history is moving towards one ultimate end. Scripture tells us that a day is coming when every creature will acknowledge that Jesus is the LORD, the one true living God. The four Gospels give us more than just doctrine about the end of the age - they help us connect relationally with the Person that the end of the age is about. In this episode, I discuss eagerly anticipating Jesus' return and actually missing Him.
We are a couple weeks into the new year and undoubtedly for many, the strong resolutions made in late 2012 are already turning into hopeful wishes for 2013. Whether it be the new workout routine, better time management, or healthier eating habits, our human zeal wanes without constant provocation and motivation from others. But even with incentive, our follow-through is often lacking the consistency we desire.
Yet among all of the resolutions we could possibly make for the new year, one will always rise above the rest because it has the guarantee of God's might...
Heaven is not a hall of mirrors where we like what we see, but the grand gift of self-forgetful joy in the glory of Christ.
In this present evil age, sin causes us to believe that life's greatest joys are found in being praised, affirmed, loved, and recognized. In our quest for lasting joy we work...
Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.
Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:
- His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
- The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3
In the last two articles (read them here and here), I’ve written about how every choice, word, action, and moment of our lives should not end in self-exaltation but rather rebound to the glory of Christ. In today’s potently narcissistic culture, modern Christianity has presented a version of Jesus that exists for our pleasure and comfort instead of us existing for His fame and renown among the nations. The...
Why are your lungs filled with breath right now? Why is your heart beating? Humanity has sought the answer to this question for ages through philosophy, science, and religion. The Bible’s answer to this question is simple – you exist for God alone.
The polluted, narcissistic air of religion that we breathe in the West has often reduced the glorious Son of God to a mascot for our ease and comfort. Christianity subsequently becomes a “twelve step” self-help program that makes us better people, gives us a better society, and gives us more hope and happiness. But...