As He heads south to Judea, Jesus sends out an additional seventy(-two) of His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the people for His arrival. With only six months remaining in His public ministry, it was a critical time for the people of Israel to decide if they were for Jesus or against Him. This episode develops the themes of division and judgment during this time period.
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After rejecting Galilee and before heading south to Perea and Judea, Jesus returns to Capernaum to spend time with his family. His disciples will face many internal and external pressures in the next 6 months leading up to His death, so He spends time teaching and exhorting them as well. This episode examines the short time frame immediately before Jesus' late Perean and Judean ministry.
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.
After predicting His suffering, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and is transfigured before them. God's voice is also heard from the heavens, confirming Jesus' identity. The disciples now must wrestle with this idea of "suffering before glory" - not only for their Messiah, but also for themselves.
On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds with the well known confession, "You are the Christ". This episode looks at Jesus' response to Peter, developing key terms like "binding and loosing" and "gates of hell".
On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds with the well known confession, "You are the Christ". This confession is not a new revelation or novel idea for Peter, but a tested confession after all the Twelve had been through. Find out more in this episode.
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.
After spending time in Tyre and Sidon, Jesus continues His ministry among Gentiles by heading southward to the Decapolis. There, He heals a deaf man and feeds four thousand. Jesus had rejected Galilee because despite all of His miracles and signs performed there, they did not bear the fruits of repentance. This episode continues walking through the events of Jesus' Late Galilean ministry.
After winnowing down His following in Galilee, Jesus heads north to Tyre and Sidon and begins ministering to Gentiles instead of heading south for the Passover in Jerusalem. This must have been extremely confusing for the Twelve. This episode looks at the journey and His ministry north of Galilee.
Just a day after feeding the 5,000 and walking on the water, Jesus encounters Pharisees from Jerusalem in Capernaum. There, He rebukes them for exalting their "traditions" and completely missing the heart of God in the Law of Moses. This episode develops one of the main controversies Jesus often has with the Jewish authorities.