We live in a world where Hollywood blockbusters, school plays, department stores, and our church hymnals all contribute to the way we understand and remember the birth of the promised king of Israel. This secularization has given rise to overfamiliarity with the story of Jesus’ birth. Our children’s books and nativity scenes, while helpful in some ways, have also given us a false sense of confidence when it comes to the details. Ask the average westerner today to tell you the story of Jesus’ birth and you will almost certainly hear things that are altogether inaccurate or utterly...
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God has designed us to love stories, and there's one story that He's going to use to thrill our hearts forever. This story, often called the gospel is what the Bible tells us about. However, the story of the gospel does not begin halfway through that book.
The story originated in a garden sanctuary in a land called Eden in ancient days. It continued to be told through a people called Israel, set apart by God to image Him to the rest of the nations. Then, over two thousand years ago, a Jewish child named Yeshua was born in adverse conditions and in the midst...
After His capture in Gethsemane, Jesus is escorted to the house of Annas, who subsequently sends Him to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas. In an attempt to gain information that could be used against Him before the larger group of Jewish authorities, Caiaphas interrogates Jesus privately. This episode looks at the details of John 18 and Jesus' words to the high priest.
A garrison of Roman troops and Temple guards arrest Jesus bind Him and take Him from Gethsemane to the palace of Annas, the most powerful Jew in Jerusalem at the time. This episode develops the possible route taken by Jesus and the crowd and looks at the differences in John's narration of the scene compared to the other three Gospels.
After praying with His sleeping disciples nearby, Jesus is arrested in Gethsemane by a large crowd of Roman soldiers and Temple guards. Even in these trying moments, Jesus demonstrates His patience and compassion, and willingly submits to the arrest. This episode looks at the Gospel record of these events on late Thursday evening of Passion Week.
Instead of being concerned with Himself and His own well-being while His betrayer was out conspiring against Him, Jesus prays for His disciples and those who would believe in Him through their word. This episode looks at Jesus' "high priestly prayer" from John 17 as well as His entry and prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John.
After leaving the upper room and before entering the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus and the eleven likely proceeded to the Temple where Jesus speaks John 15 through 17 to them. This episode expounds upon the corporate, Israelocentric reasons why it seems most likely that Jesus was in the Temple when He delivered these well-known words.
Judas has departed and the Passover meal in the upper room comes to a conclusion. Jesus takes His eleven disciples out toward the Garden of Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem. This episode looks at the final moments of the feast and begins to explore the journey to the garden.
During the Passover meal just hours before His crucifixion, Jesus breaks bread and tells His disciples that it represents His broken body. He also lifts up a cup of wine and tells them that it signifies "the blood of the [new] covenant". This episode develops the details of this scene and discusses the often misunderstood "new covenant" from the Law and the Prophets.
After washing His disciples' feet, Jesus reclines at the table and says that one of the Twelve is going to betray Him. As the Passover meal progresses and the disciples are doubting, Jesus explicitly John that Judas is the betrayer. The details of this part of the Last Supper bring so much clarity to this often misunderstood and wrongly portrayed scene from the last days of Jesus' life.