On the final day of His public ministry, Jesus pronounces severe woes over the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. He also predicts the destruction of the Temple and tells His disciples about the signs of His coming and the end of the age. This episode looks at each of the seven woes Jesus speaks as well as the passage known as the Olivet Discourse from Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.
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In His final day of public ministry, Jesus continues to silence His opponents and asserts His divinity yet again to the Jewish leadership. This episode develops the final events of Tuesday of Passion Week, including the Pharisees' question about the greatest commandment and Jesus' words about Psalm 110 and David's son.
As Jesus' final day of His public ministry to Israel, Tuesday of Passion Week is filled with parables directed at the Jewish authorities and their failure to bear the fruits of repentance. This episode looks at three events from Matthew 22, including the parable of a king and a wedding for his son, paying taxes to Caesar, and the Sadducees' question on marriage and the resurrection.
As Jesus' final day of His public ministry to Israel, Tuesday of Passion Week is filled with parables directed at the Jewish authorities and their failure to bear the fruits of repentance. This episode looks at three events from Matthew 21, including the question of Jesus' authority, the parable of the two sons, and the parable of the evil tenants.
On the journey back into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning of Passion Week, Peter sees the fig tree that Jesus cursed the previous morning. The object lesson here is often misunderstood, but is straightforward when the larger story of the Gospels is considered. Jesus then explains what the disciples' response must be - one of persevering, prayerful faith in God and reliance upon all He has spoken through the Law and Prophets. This episode examines the scene and Jesus' words from Mark 11.
Upon His entry into Jerusalem on Monday, Jesus once again turns over the tables of the money changers in the Temple - something He has done once before at the beginning of His ministry. While He taught during the day, He also quoted Isaiah 56 and Psalm 8 to the sneering Pharisees and Jewish authorities, asserting His identity as the God of Israel. This episode looks at the events of Monday of Passion Week.
On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey. Upon seeing the city, Jesus bursts into tears and pronounces a scathing judgment upon it. This episode develops the remaining details of the "triumphal" entry on what is commonly referred to as "Palm Sunday".
On July 10, 2014 - exactly two years ago today - I packed up a truck and moved everything I owned from tornado alley in the Midwest to hot and humid College Station, Texas. I had only undertaken such a thing once before in my life. In 2004, after graduating college with a degree in computer science, I left a prestigious tech job in New Hampshire and decided to give my life to full-time ministry. There have been many ups and downs since then, but God has been so faithful through it all.
What an adventure the last two years in particular have been! I never thought I would be...
On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Gospels make it clear that Jesus is acting in accordance with Old Testament prophecy, that He is indeed the one they are expecting. This episode details the events of Jesus' journey into the city and also clarifies a common misunderstanding about the sentiment of the crowds during Passion Week.
The four Gospels narrate the final week of Jesus' life and the events surrounding His crucifixion with far more detail than any other time period in His two-year ministry. This episode introduces what the church has called "Passion Week" or "Holy Week" and exhorts believers to find fellowship with Jesus during these precious moments of His life.