While all four of the Gospels give unique details surrounding the events of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and while those details can be difficult to perfectly harmonize, each of the authors affirm the importance of the resurrection event as the confirmation that Jesus was who He claimed to be, and that God would be… Read More »
On His way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His 2-year ministry, Jesus stops through Jericho and stays with Zacchaeus, a tax collector and custom house official in the city. On the way out, He also heals Bartimaeus, a blind beggar. Both of these men exemplify what Jesus has been searching for in… Read More »
Just outside of Jericho, Jesus depicts His coming suffering to the Twelve in perhaps more detail than He has ever spoken about it before. Yet they continue to respond with selfish hearts, having the meaning of Jesus' words "hidden from them" (Luke 18:34). This episode looks at Jesus' third prediction of His coming suffering from… Read More »
On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus encounters a rich young ruler who asks how he can obtain eternal life. Jesus exposes his heart by asking him to sell all his possessions. He walks away discouraged, unable to meet Jesus' request. Jesus then instructs His disciples regarding riches and self-reliance as the means to inherit God's… Read More »
After instructing His disciples on persistent prayer, Jesus shares another parable directed at the Pharisees and those who considered themselves righteous. Afterward, He permits little children to come to Him that He might bless them. This episode examines the passages in Luke 18 and Mark 10 and develops the often-confused themes of "legalism"and "self-righteousness".
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.
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.
Mark is the shortest, most succinct, and most action-packed Gospel out of the four. In this episode, I cover Mark's author, the date it was written, and some of the major themes and literary style of the book. The most important point we should understand for the purpose of this series is that Mark is… Read More »
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