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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After describing to His disciples how His kingdom would be established, Jesus encourages them through a parable to be persistent in prayer. God would indeed bring to pass everything He has promised, despite a seeming delay. This episode looks at the parable of the persistent widow from Luke 18.
On the way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His ministry, Jesus is asked by Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus responds by correcting the Pharisees' understanding of how it would come, then turns to His disciples and describes it fully. This episode examines one of the most misunderstood passages in the Gospels from Luke 17.
On His journey southward for the Passover feast, Jesus encounters ten lepers near a village on the border between Samaria and Galilee. Jesus tells them to go present themselves before a priest. Almost immediately, all of them are cleansed, but only one of them (a Samaritan!) returns to thank Him. This episode develops the scene as narrated in Luke 17.
After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus and the Twelve take leave of the crowds and angry Jewish leadership and head to Ephraim before heading north one final time to Galilee. In this episode, see an overview of the events of Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem in the spring of 29AD.
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.
With only a short time remaining before His crucifixion in Jerusalem, Jesus closes His Perean ministry in the Spring of 29AD by encouraging His followers in the areas of forgiveness, repentance, and servanthood. This episode looks at the final words of Jesus' Perean ministry from Luke 17:1-10.
Jesus continues His extended teaching in Bethany Beyond the Jordan with a parable directed at the Pharisees, exposing once again their refusal to bear the fruits of repentance. They were not only breaking the Law but were leading people to do the same. This episode also examines Jesus' words just prior to the parable in Luke 16.
While still in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jesus gives a story to the tax collectors and sinners who had surrounded Him to hear His words. Through the story of the Dishonest Manager, Jesus teaches them to be prudent and wise with their wealth, unlike the Pharisees who loved money. This episode develops the parable and the words following it found in Luke 16.
In Bethany Beyond the Jordan just after the Feast of Dedication, Jesus gives a series of parables to further expose the hardness of the Pharisees' hearts. This episode details the well-known parable of the "prodigal son" and connects it with the larger themes of Jesus' ministry to Israel.