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.
As the Jewish authorities hurl false accusations of Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor withdraws into his residence for a more private conversation with his prisoner. Pilate marvels at Jesus' answers inside as well as His silence before the Jews. This episode examines the accusations of the Jews as well as Jesus' words to Pilate… Read More »
Pilate determined that Jesus was a Galilean and was not under his jurisdiction, so he sent Him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time for the Passover feast. Herod had hoped to see a sign done by Jesus, but receives nothing but complete silence from Him. This episode looks at these events and… Read More »
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… Read More »
Jesus, the promised seed of Genesis 3, the promised king of Israel from David's line from 2 Samuel 7, and the very God of Israel who shook Mount Sinai from Exodus 20 is beaten and spit on before several hundred Roman solders in the Praetorium, Pilate's residence. This episode looks at some details of His… Read More »
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… Read More »
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.
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.
According to Matthew's Jesus is mocked and derided by four separate groups as He hung on the cross. The Gospels detail Jesus' words with the robbers/rebels crucified with Him, one of whom believes Jesus has not done anything wrong. This episode looks at each of these groups as well as Jesus' well-known statement "Assuredly I… Read More »
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… Read More »
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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