The Gospels indicate that darkness covered the land for three hours as Jesus hung on the cross. And nearing the final moments of His life, Jesus utters the well-known cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", quoting Psalm 22. This episode looks at these two events and offers a different perspective from what is commonly understood.
All resources referencing Deuteronomy 32
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 9.
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.
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 dialogue from the feast.
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 them about what their spiritual eyes are like.
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 few petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
A deeper teaching on the Lord's prayer: http://danieltrainingnetwork.org/lords-prayer-pt1/
Judgment and mercy are meant to fit together like a hand in a glove. If a full picture of God’s heart in judgment and mercy could be painted, judgment would be the canvas on which the colors of mercy would be brushed. It’s not possible to biblically talk about one while ignoring the other. As I discussed in my last post on the judgment of God in the Incarnation, division and judgment centered around the person of Christ was the bold message of John the Baptist. The Incarnation marked...