On the journey back into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning of Passion Week, Peter sees the fig tree that Jesus cursed the previous morning. The object lesson here is often misunderstood, but is straightforward when the larger story of the Gospels is considered. Jesus then explains what the disciples' response must be - one of persevering,… Read More »
On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Gospels make it clear that Jesus is acting in accordance with Old Testament prophecy, that He is indeed the one they are expecting. This episode details the events of Jesus' journey into the city and also… Read More »
The four Gospels narrate the final week of Jesus' life and the events surrounding His crucifixion with far more detail than any other time period in His two-year ministry. This episode introduces what the church has called "Passion Week" or "Holy Week" and exhorts believers to find fellowship with Jesus during these precious moments of… Read More »
After staying with Zacchaeus in Jericho and traveling to Bethany before the Sabbath, Jesus attends a dinner at Simon the Leper's house where Mary pours a jar of costly ointment all over Him. This episode develops a familiar scene from John 12 and the parallels in Matthew 26 and Mark 14.
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 death. This… Read More »
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 in Jerusalem for feast of the Jews, Jesus heals a paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda. When confronted by the Jewish authorities, Jesus asserts His divinity by saying that He and His Father are working on the Sabbath. Once again, Jesus asserts His authority over the leadership and their system. This episode examines… Read More »
After being rejected in Jerusalem by the Jewish authorities, Jesus heads to Galilee to begin his appeal in the north. This episode discusses why Jesus' ministry likely lasted only two years, lays out the basic timeline of His ministry, and introduces the "Early Galilean" period.
Just another day later according to John's gospel, Jesus meets a friend of Philip's named Nathanael. Nathanael enthusiastically confesses his belief in Jesus as the Christ. This episode expounds on the significance of Jesus' words about the heavens opening and "angels ascending and descending on the son of man". What a glorious passage!
What does the helpless Babe lying in an animal feed trough tell us about what God is like? In the story of Jesus' birth as recorded in Matthew and Luke, we are given a window into His breathtaking meekness and humility. From the circumstances leading up to His birth to that beautiful moment in Bethlehem,… Read More »
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