Opening Up the Gospels is a weekly video series on the life of Jesus as told through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Opening Up the Gospels
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.
In the fall of the final year of His ministry, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles and begins teaching in the Temple for the first time. On the last day of the feast, Jesus stands up and says: "if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink". This episode examines the...
In the fall of the final year of His ministry, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles and begins teaching in the Temple for the first time. Jesus enrages the Pharisees and openly declares that He is the one true God of Israel three times. This episode examines those words and more...
After the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus continues ministering in Judea and Perea. This episode looks at the chronological context for the Lord's prayer as well as Jesus' often misunderstood words "the kingdom of God has come upon you" from Luke 11.
As the window of opportunity for their repentance slowly closes, Jesus offers harsh rebukes to the Pharisees and to the people of Israel. This episode examines Jesus' strong words to the crowds and the "woes" to the Pharisee as He dines with him after the Feast of Tabernacles.
After the Feast of Tabernacles in October, Jesus gives an extended teaching to the crowds in Judea in Luke 12-13. Unlike the Pharisees who were leading the people of Israel astray, the good shepherd Jesus instructs the people in righteousness and encourages them to seek first His coming kingdom...
Between the Feast of Tabernacles in October and the Feast of Dedication in December, Jesus ministers in the region of Perea. This episode looks at the events of Luke 13, including Jesus' rebuke of the Pharisees and His yearning for Jerusalem's repentance.
Upon heading into Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, Jesus dines with a member of Israel's ruling council, the Sanhedrin. At the meal, He rebukes them for taking the places of honor at the table and not seeking humility as they should. This episode examines the events from Luke 14.
Jesus heals a man born blind by making mud from dirt and spit, rubbing it on his eyes, and telling him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. The Jewish authorities are once again angered. They bring in the man for questioning, attempting to discredit Jesus. This episode looks at this scene from John...
Jesus continues His rebuke of the Jewish authorities in John 10 just prior to the Feast of Dedication in December of 28AD by drawing on a well-known Old Testament passage to them, Ezekiel 34. This episode develops that rebuke and connects it to the story of the Old Testament.
After traveling about Judea and Perea for several months, Jesus teaches in the Temple at the Feast of Dedication in December of 28AD. There, the Jews seek to stone Him for blasphemy because He claimed to be God. This episode details Jesus' words from John 10.