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.
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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.
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
After being privately questioned by Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, is gathered in haste to the house of the high priest where He is questioned, mocked, accused, spit on, and beaten. There was no legality whatsoever to the actions of the Jewish authorities, and the steps to a judicial murder of Jesus had… Read More »
Luke's Gospel details the account of Peter's three denials of Jesus as well as Christ's second, morning appearance before the Sanhedrin for a more "official", yet still completely illegal, inquisition. This episode examines the Gospels' record of late Thursday night and Friday morning of Passion Week.
Jesus is led from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium, Pilate's residence in the early morning on Friday of Passion Week. After a morning interrogation by the Sanhedrin, Jesus is falsely accused before Pilate, saying that He forbid the Jews to worship Caesar, the leader of the Roman empire. This episode examines some of… Read More »
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