The life of Jesus as revealed by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is a precious treasure and testimony of God's faithfulness. For a large part of my life of faith, Jesus' story as told by the books we call the "Gospels" was not much more than a fairy tale to me. I realized my "relationship" with Jesus was sincere but had little substance to it beyond sentiment towards His work on the cross. I could spend hours telling you about my favorite TV shows, but I couldn't tell you much about the details of the life of the Promised One that humanity has longed for since the fall in Eden's garden.
Beginning in the summer of 2013 and finishing in the summer of 2017, I recorded short videos that chronologically walk through the Gospels to encourage others to "behold the Lamb of God" (John 1:29) and to "hear Him" (Matthew 17:5) - to look at the treasure of His life and to listen to His matchless words. I pray this contribution to the body of Messiah would help us to marvel at His "unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8) and to help us "eagerly wait" (Hebrews 9:28) for His return to rule in Jerusalem.
This teaching series is called Opening Up the Gospels. There are 156 episodes, enough to watch one episode per week for three years straight. I hope these are edifying and strengthening to your faith in Jesus.
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".
On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus encounters a rich young ruler who asks how he can obtain eternal life. Jesus exposes his heart by asking him to sell all his possessions. He walks away discouraged, unable to meet Jesus' request. Jesus then instructs His disciples regarding riches and self-reliance as the means to inherit God's… Read More »
Just outside of Jericho, Jesus depicts His coming suffering to the Twelve in perhaps more detail than He has ever spoken about it before. Yet they continue to respond with selfish hearts, having the meaning of Jesus' words "hidden from them" (Luke 18:34). This episode looks at Jesus' third prediction of His coming suffering from… Read More »
On His way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His 2-year ministry, Jesus stops through Jericho and stays with Zacchaeus, a tax collector and custom house official in the city. On the way out, He also heals Bartimaeus, a blind beggar. Both of these men exemplify what Jesus has been searching for in… Read More »
After staying with Zacchaeus in Jericho and traveling to Bethany before the Sabbath, Jesus attends a dinner at Simon the Leper's house where Mary pours a jar of costly ointment all over Him. This episode develops a familiar scene from John 12 and the parallels in Matthew 26 and Mark 14.
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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".
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,… Read More »
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,… Read More »
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