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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 13, 2017

At the end of His ministry, Jesus commissions His eleven apostles to continue His mission to call Israel to bear the fruits of repentance, to make disciples, and to imitate His manner of life. Jesus then ascends to the heavens on a cloud. This episode looks at a common misunderstanding of "the Great Commission" as well as the theological significance of Jesus' ascension.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 16, 2017

While all four of the Gospels give unique details surrounding the events of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and while those details can be difficult to perfectly harmonize, each of the authors affirm the importance of the resurrection event as the confirmation that Jesus was who He claimed to be, and that God would be faithful to everything He had promised in the Law and the Prophets.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 9, 2017

Jesus died on a Friday ("the Preparation Day") and was buried before the beginning of the Sabbath (Saturday) by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. These two men feared God and were well-respected members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. This episode examines the details of Jesus' burial from all four Gospels.

For more on the timing of Jesus' death and resurrection, see this article: https://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/81/t/three-days-and-th...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 2, 2017

Around the 9th hour or 3pm on Friday of Passion Week, Jesus utters a number of phrases recorded by the Gospels and breathes His last. This episode looks into the final moments of His life and details the important phrases He spoke as He hung on the cross from John 19 and Matthew 27.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 25, 2017

The Gospels indicate that darkness covered the land for three hours as Jesus hung on the cross. And nearing the final moments of His life, Jesus utters the well-known cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", quoting Psalm 22. This episode looks at these two events and offers a different perspective from what is commonly understood.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 11, 2017

Jesus of Nazareth is crucified in typical Roman fashion, and the soldiers cast lots for His clothing. John sees this as the fulfillment of Psalm 22. Luke's Gospel also records some additional words from Jesus' lips as He was hanging on the cross. This episode examines these details from the Gospels.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 4, 2017

As Jesus is laboriously carrying His cross to Golgotha, He turns to the crowds and the weeping women that followed Him on the road and speaks a final word of judgment to them and to the city. This episode looks at Jesus' words from Luke 23 and His quote from Hosea 10.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on March 28, 2017

After a final sentencing by Pilate, Jesus is led from the Praetorium to Golgotha, the site of His crucifixion just outside the city of Jerusalem. The Roman soldiers accompanying Jesus compel Simon of Cyrene, a passerby, to carry Jesus' cross when He is physically unable to continue. This episode looks at the possible route Jesus would have taken and looks at some more details from Mark 15.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on March 14, 2017

Jesus was sent back to Pilate after His interrogation before Herod Antipas, and the Jews were even more enraged. Though the Roman governor believed Jesus did not commit any crime nor was He deserving of death, the people cried out "crucify Him!" out of jealousy, envy, and a hatred for God in their hearts. This episode looks at select passages from Matthew 27, Mark 15, and Luke 23.

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