As He heads south to Judea, Jesus sends out an additional seventy(-two) of His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the people for His arrival. With only six months remaining in His public ministry, it was a critical time for the people of Israel to decide if they were for Jesus or against Him. This episode develops the themes of division and judgment during this time period.
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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.
In this well-known scene from the Gospels, Jesus walks on the water and once again demonstrates His power and authority as the one true God. This episode looks at the four miraculous events that Jesus performs, causing the disciples to marvel and once again shattering their perception of Him.
For a resource on Jesus as the "I AM", see this book: Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert Bowman.
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.
After only a few months of being Jesus' formal disciples, the Twelve are sent out two-by-two into the towns of Galilee with power and authority to appeal for the fruits of repentance. Unfortunately, many Galileans do not respond to their appeal. This episode examines the final events of Jesus' Middle Galilean ministry.