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.
Jesus died on a Friday ("the Preparation Day") and was buried before the beginning of the Sabbath (Saturday) by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. These two men feared God and were well-respected members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. This episode examines the details of Jesus' burial from all four Gospels. For more on… Read More »
While all four of the Gospels give unique details surrounding the events of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and while those details can be difficult to perfectly harmonize, each of the authors affirm the importance of the resurrection event as the confirmation that Jesus was who He claimed to be, and that God would be… Read More »
After His resurrection, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and two pilgrims on the road to Emmaus. The Gospels record these events as having happened on Sunday, the day following the Sabbath. This episode examines the details of each scene and connects Jesus' resurrection to the expectation of the Jews.
Just a short time after His resurrection, the Gospels record Jesus' appearance to His disciples in a locked room in Jerusalem. Jesus opens up the minds of the disciples to understand all that was written in the Law, Prophets, and Psalms concerning His suffering. This episode looks at Jesus' words from Luke 24.
After His resurrection, the Jesus appears to His disciples several times, giving undeniable proof that He has risen from the dead. This episode details the final two appearances recorded by the Gospels, including His appearance to Thomas as well as to the disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' well-known, three-times repeated… Read More »
At the end of His ministry, Jesus commissions His eleven apostles to continue His mission to call Israel to bear the fruits of repentance, to make disciples, and to imitate His manner of life. Jesus then ascends to the heavens on a cloud. This episode looks at a common misunderstanding of "the Great Commission" as… Read More »
In 2013, I set out to produce a weekly video on the life of Jesus as narrated by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 4 years and 156 episodes later, here is the final episode of my humble contribution to the body of Messiah. I hope this series has been an encouragement to your faith in… Read More »
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