Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 men is one of the more well-known stories from the Gospels. Yet the geographical context, the events leading up to it, and the creative power that Jesus displays is not often considered. The timing of the feeding also helps tremendously in forming a general chronology of the Gospels. This episode begins to develop these points.
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The Late Galilean Ministry begins the second year of Jesus' public ministry to Israel. Many important developments take place during this time, including Jesus' clear prediction of His suffering and His pronouncement of judgment upon Galilee. This episode gives an overview of the events of this period.
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 Galilean period, stretching through several months of the spring of 28AD.
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 their system. This episode examines the events found in John 5.
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.
Over the past several years my friendship with Jesus has grown tremendously by studying His life. The 89 chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John offer far more than surface-level details about our Lord. The more I've sought clarity about Him through the four Gospels, the more I've realized that I've had some wrong assumptions about Him. Because I care about Him, I care about people knowing the truth about Him. So this post is the first of several where I'll talk about some common misconceptions about Jesus' life. I...
Just another day later according to John's gospel, Jesus meets a friend of Philip's named Nathanael. Nathanael enthusiastically confesses his belief in Jesus as the Christ. This episode expounds on the significance of Jesus' words about the heavens opening and "angels ascending and descending on the son of man". What a glorious passage!
John's Gospel is perhaps the most unique one out of the four. In this episode, I cover John's author, the date it was written, and some of the major themes and literary style of the book. John narrates much of Jesus' activity in and around Jerusalem, focusing on several Jewish feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, Dedication). John also heavily emphasizes Christology, the study of the identity of Jesus, and proclaims that he wrote his gospel to help others put their faith in Him.
When Jesus performed a miracle or taught with authority during His two-year ministry, the crowds were continually filled with awe and wonder. Our overfamiliarity with the stories often leaves us bored and disconnected instead of inciting similar feelings of awe and wonder. How does the life of Jesus move from being a fairy tale to real history in our minds? In the next two episodes, I'll expound upon biblical meditation and prayerful pondering of Jesus' life and words.
In the past 3 episodes of this series, I've discussed three reasons why I wanted to talk about the Gospels. However, the greatest reason why the four Gospels are important for us to know and treasure as Christians is because Jesus is the one true God. In this episode, I develop Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 4:6: "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God [is] in the face of Christ". At every moment, our God and our Maker is the one who we're supposed to see as we read the Gospels.