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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 June 21, 2016

After staying with Zacchaeus in Jericho and traveling to Bethany before the Sabbath, Jesus attends a dinner at Simon the Leper's house where Mary pours a jar of costly ointment all over Him. This episode develops a familiar scene from John 12 and the parallels in Matthew 26 and Mark 14.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on June 7, 2016

Just outside of Jericho, Jesus depicts His coming suffering to the Twelve in perhaps more detail than He has ever spoken about it before. Yet they continue to respond with selfish hearts, having the meaning of Jesus' words "hidden from them" (Luke 18:34). This episode looks at Jesus' third prediction of His coming suffering from Mark 10 and Luke 18.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 24, 2016

After instructing His disciples on persistent prayer, Jesus shares another parable directed at the Pharisees and those who considered themselves righteous. Afterward, He permits little children to come to Him that He might bless them. This episode examines the passages in Luke 18 and Mark 10 and develops the often-confused themes of "legalism"and "self-righteousness".

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 12, 2016

Just on the doorstep of Jerusalem and only a short time before His crucifixion, Jesus raises Lazarus of Bethany from death after being in his tomb for four days. The Jewish authorities receive word and news of the miracle spreads quickly, causing them to begin to plan how they can put Jesus to death. This episode looks at the events of John 11.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on March 8, 2016

After withdrawing again to Bethany Beyond the Jordan after the Feast of Dedication, large crowds follow Jesus. The Pharisees begin to grumble because of Jesus' association with tax collectors and sinners, so Jesus reproves them for their hard hearts with several parables. This episode looks at the first two parables from Luke 15.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 9, 2016

Upon heading into Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, Jesus dines with a member of Israel's ruling council, the Sanhedrin. At the meal, He rebukes them for taking the places of honor at the table and not seeking humility as they should. This episode examines the events from Luke 14.

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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 December 1, 2015

As the window of opportunity for their repentance slowly closes, Jesus offers harsh rebukes to the Pharisees and to the people of Israel. This episode examines Jesus' strong words to the crowds and the "woes" to the Pharisee as He dines with him after the Feast of Tabernacles.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 10, 2015

In the fall of the final year of His ministry, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles and begins teaching in the Temple for the first time. On the last day of the feast, Jesus stands up and says: "if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink". This episode examines the dialogue and teaching Jesus gives during His visit.

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