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 continuing all night in prayer, Jesus chooses twelve of His disciples that would go on to be the foundation of the church, the carriers of the Gospel, and the definitive eyewitnesses of all that Jesus said and did when He was among us. This episode looks at the lists of the Twelve from the… Read More »
Jesus has already amazed crowds and confounded the Jewish authorities. In the next period of His ministry, His teaching is recorded much more and His miracles surge in their magnitude. Tension also continues to mount between Him and the Jewish authorities. This episode introduces the Middle Galilean period, stretching through several months of the spring… Read More »
The Sermon on the Mount is arguably the most well-known of Jesus' teachings, yet its meaning is often misunderstood by casual readers. This episode introduces the Sermon by looking at its context within the story of the Gospels, when and where Jesus spoke it, as well as developing some of the major themes found in… Read More »
Jesus begins the famous Sermon on the Mount with the "beatitudes", a series of "blessings" and "woes" for the Jewish hearers. Luke's account of the Sermon shows Jesus being radically divisive and indicating that God is interested in a repentant heart, not merely outward actions. This episode examines several of the beatitudes from Luke and… Read More »
In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This episode examines the first… Read More »
In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This episode examines the final… Read More »
In a move that undoubtedly surprised many of the Jews, Jesus heals a Roman centurion's son from a distance and remarks that even among the Israelites He has not found such faith. Also in dramatic fashion, Jesus raises a widow's son from death. This episode dives into these two scenes from the Gospels.
While dining with some Pharisees, Jesus encounters a sinful woman who shed tears of repentance on His feet. Apart from the awkwardness of the situation, the Pharisees were made even more uncomfortable because Jesus once again asserts His divinity and forgives her sins.
While Jesus was with a large crowd, His mother and brothers come searching for him. Not only was Jesus utterly misunderstood by most of the people He ministered to, but His own family and those He was closest to profoundly misunderstood Him. This episode looks at this scene and closes with a pastoral exhortation on… Read More »
Jesus' parables are well-known but often misunderstood in modern times. Jesus did not use the parables to "rework" or "redefine" the fundamental hope of the Jews. This episode looks at several of His parables and sets them in the broader context of the message of Jesus and John the Baptist.
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