The life of Jesus as revealed by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is a precious treasure given to us from God. For a large part of my life of faith, Jesus' story as told by the books we call the "Gospels" was not lucid and devastatingly real 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 first 32 years of the One that humanity has longed for since Adam and Eve's fall in Eden's garden.

There is truly no greater feast of the knowledge of God available to us than what we see in the face of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:6). 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 little contribution to the body of Messiah would help us to marvel at His "unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8), the One "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3), 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. Find all the videos and more on my Youtube channel. I hope these videos are edifying and strengthening to your faith in Jesus.

Released on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

After withdrawing again to Bethany Beyond the Jordan after the Feast of Dedication, large crowds follow Jesus. The Pharisees begin to grumble because of Jesus' association with tax collectors and sinners, so Jesus reproves them for their hard hearts with several parables. This episode looks at...

Released on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In Bethany Beyond the Jordan just after the Feast of Dedication, Jesus gives a series of parables to further expose the hardness of the Pharisees' hearts. This episode details the well-known parable of the "prodigal son" and connects it with the larger themes of Jesus' ministry to Israel.

Released on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

While still in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jesus gives a story to the tax collectors and sinners who had surrounded Him to hear His words. Through the story of the Dishonest Manager, Jesus teaches them to be prudent and wise with their wealth, unlike the Pharisees who loved money. This episode...

Released on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jesus continues His extended teaching in Bethany Beyond the Jordan with a parable directed at the Pharisees, exposing once again their refusal to bear the fruits of repentance. They were not only breaking the Law but were leading people to do the same. This episode also examines Jesus' words...

Released on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

With only a short time remaining before His crucifixion in Jerusalem, Jesus closes His Perean ministry in the Spring of 29AD by encouraging His followers in the areas of forgiveness, repentance, and servanthood. This episode looks at the final words of Jesus' Perean ministry from Luke 17:1-10...

Released on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just on the doorstep of Jerusalem and only a short time before His crucifixion, Jesus raises Lazarus of Bethany from death after being in his tomb for four days. The Jewish authorities receive word and news of the miracle spreads quickly, causing them to begin to plan how they can put Jesus to...

Released on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus and the Twelve take leave of the crowds and angry Jewish leadership and head to Ephraim before heading north one final time to Galilee. In this episode, see an overview of the events of Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem in the spring of 29AD.

Released on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On His journey southward for the Passover feast, Jesus encounters ten lepers near a village on the border between Samaria and Galilee. Jesus tells them to go present themselves before a priest. Almost immediately, all of them are cleansed, but only one of them (a Samaritan!) returns to thank...

Released on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On the way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His ministry, Jesus is asked by Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus responds by correcting the Pharisees' understanding of how it would come, then turns to His disciples and describes it fully. This episode examines one of...

Released on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

After describing to His disciples how His kingdom would be established, Jesus encourages them through a parable to be persistent in prayer. God would indeed bring to pass everything He has promised, despite a seeming delay. This episode looks at the parable of the persistent widow from Luke 18...

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