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 spending time in Tyre and Sidon, Jesus continues His ministry among Gentiles by heading southward to the Decapolis. There, He heals a deaf man and feeds four thousand. Jesus had rejected Galilee because despite all of His miracles and signs performed there, they did not bear the fruits of repentance. This episode continues walking… Read More »
Once again Jesus gets into a conflict with the Pharisees. This time, they seek a sign from Jesus to validate His claims. Jesus tells them that no sign will be given to them but the "sign of Jonah". Jesus goes on to warn His disciples about their false teaching, then offers a physical sign to… Read More »
On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds with the well known confession, "You are the Christ". This confession is not a new revelation or novel idea for Peter, but a tested confession after all the Twelve had been through. Find out more in this episode.
On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds with the well known confession, "You are the Christ". This episode looks at Jesus' response to Peter, developing key terms like "binding and loosing" and "gates of hell".
After predicting His suffering, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and is transfigured before them. God's voice is also heard from the heavens, confirming Jesus' identity. The disciples now must wrestle with this idea of "suffering before glory" - not only for their Messiah, but also for themselves.
In the last extended period of Jesus' two-year ministry, we discover Him ministering mainly in the southern parts of Israel. With only about 6 months remaining before He is crucified in Jerusalem, this period is marked by severe statements of warning and pronouncements of judgment on Israel and the Jewish leadership.
After rejecting Galilee and before heading south to Perea and Judea, Jesus returns to Capernaum to spend time with his family. His disciples will face many internal and external pressures in the next 6 months leading up to His death, so He spends time teaching and exhorting them as well. This episode examines the short… Read More »
After being rejected in Galilee, Jesus' own brothers tell Him to head south to the Feast of Tabernacles to show forth His power. Jesus, knowing that His hour had not yet come, remained behind then set off privately for the feast. He sends His disciples ahead of Him to prepare for His coming, but they… Read More »
As He heads south to Judea, Jesus sends out an additional seventy(-two) of His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the people for His arrival. With only six months remaining in His public ministry, it was a critical time for the people of Israel to decide if they were for Jesus or against Him. This… Read More »
On His way to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stops in Bethany to stay at the house of Mary and Martha. While Martha is overwhelmed with preparations for the feast, Mary sits at Jesus' feet and hears His teaching. This episode looks at the context of the scene as well as the parable… Read More »
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