On His way to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stops in Bethany to stay at the house of Mary and Martha. While Martha is overwhelmed with preparations for the feast, Mary sits at Jesus' feet and hears His teaching. This episode looks at the context of the scene as well as the parable of the Good Samaritan.
All resources referencing Luke 9
After being rejected in Galilee, Jesus' own brothers tell Him to head south to the Feast of Tabernacles to show forth His power. Jesus, knowing that His hour had not yet come, remained behind then set off privately for the feast. He sends His disciples ahead of Him to prepare for His coming, but they encounter resistance. This episode looks at Jesus' journey southward from Luke 9 and 10.
After rejecting Galilee and before heading south to Perea and Judea, Jesus returns to Capernaum to spend time with his family. His disciples will face many internal and external pressures in the next 6 months leading up to His death, so He spends time teaching and exhorting them as well. This episode examines the short time frame immediately before Jesus' late Perean and Judean ministry.
In the last extended period of Jesus' two-year ministry, we discover Him ministering mainly in the southern parts of Israel. With only about 6 months remaining before He is crucified in Jerusalem, this period is marked by severe statements of warning and pronouncements of judgment on Israel and the Jewish leadership.
After predicting His suffering, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and is transfigured before them. God's voice is also heard from the heavens, confirming Jesus' identity. The disciples now must wrestle with this idea of "suffering before glory" - not only for their Messiah, but also for themselves.
On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds with the well known confession, "You are the Christ". This confession is not a new revelation or novel idea for Peter, but a tested confession after all the Twelve had been through. Find out more in this episode.
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.
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.
Luke's Gospel is unique in so many ways - from the way he narrates Jesus' birth to the way he exclusively covers Jesus' ministry in Judea and Perea 6-8 months before the cross. In this episode, I cover Luke's author, the date it was written, and some of the major themes and literary style of the book. The most important point we should understand for the purpose of this series is that Luke is chronologically arranged and includes a large portion of Jesus' ministry not mentioned by the other Gospels.
In the past several years, few verses in scripture have been as beautifully disruptive to my heart as 1 Peter 1:13:
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
(1 Peter 1:13 ESV)
Peter opens up his first epistle with a eulogy lauding the mercy of God towards His people. He reminds his readers of their coming inheritance (verse 4-5) as they remain faithful to Jesus through trials (verse 6-7), recalling the...