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. Upon seeing the city, Jesus bursts into tears and pronounces a scathing judgment upon it. This episode develops the remaining details of the "triumphal" entry on what is commonly referred to as "Palm Sunday".
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.
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.
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 instead of possessions and wealth in… Read More »
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.
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