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Opening Up the Gospels

I’ll be talking about the importance of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John for our theology, faith, and relationship with God by chronologically walking through the life of Jesus.

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Episode 1 - Christianity and True Friendship - Opening Up the Gospels

In this premiere episode of my weekly video series, Opening Up the Gospels, I talk about the first...

Episode 2 - Distorted Versions of Jesus - Opening Up the Gospels

In 2 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul warned of others who would come and preach “another...

Episode 3 - The Gospels and the End of the Age - Opening Up the Gospels

All of human history is moving towards one ultimate end. Scripture tells us that a day is coming...

Episode 4 - The Gospels as God's Story - Opening Up the Gospels

In the past 3 episodes of this series, I’ve discussed three reasons why I wanted to talk about...

Episode 5 - Pondering the Life of Jesus, Part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

When Jesus performed a miracle or taught with authority during His two-year ministry, the crowds...

Episode 7 - Introduction to Matthew's Gospel - Opening Up the Gospels

Who wrote Matthew and when was it written? What are some of the key themes of Matthew’s...

Episode 8 - Introduction to Mark's Gospel - Opening Up the Gospels

Mark is the shortest, most succinct, and most action-packed Gospel out of the four of them. In this...

Episode 10 - Introduction to John's Gospel - Opening Up the Gospels

John’s Gospel is perhaps the most unique one out of the four. In this episode, I cover...

Episode 12 - Zechariah and the angel Gabriel - Opening Up the Gospels

In Luke 1, Zechariah is ministering in the Temple, standing and offering incense to the LORD. The...

Episode 14 - Mary and Elizabeth - Opening Up the Gospels

While Herod and the leaders of the Jews are filled with self-importance and jockey for power in...

Episode 16 - Joseph's First Dream - Opening Up the Gospels

On a real night over 2000 years ago, Joseph lay his head down to sleep, undoubtedly troubled in his...

Episode 18 - The Birth of Jesus (part 1) - Opening Up the Gospels

In the little town of Bethlehem in southern Israel, Jesus, the future King of Israel and the Maker...

Episode 20 - The Birth of Jesus (part 3) - Opening Up the Gospels

What does the helpless Babe lying in an animal feed trough tell us about what God is like? In the...

Biblical Foundations of "Messiah" and "Christ" - Opening Up the Gospels

In today’s culture, “Christ” is often a synonym for “Jesus” or perhaps...

Episode 23 - The Early Days of Jesus - Opening Up the Gospels

When Jesus was eight days old, He was circumcised according to the Law. 32 days later, Mary and...

Episode 25 - Simeon (part 2) - Opening Up the Gospels

Luke 2 tells us about an aged Jew, Simeon, who had been eagerly waiting for the fulfillment of all...

Episode 27 - The Visit of the Magi (part 1) - Opening Up the Gospels

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, “wise men” from the East came to visit Jesus and...

Episode 29 - The Flight to Egypt - Opening Up the Gospels

Joseph wakes Mary and Jesus and they all depart Bethlehem for Egypt by night. It was not too long...

Episode 31 - Jesus at Twelve - Opening Up the Gospels

The Gospels only give us one glimpse into the years of Jesus’ life between his birth and the...

Episode 33 - Introduction to John the Baptist (part 1) - Opening Up the Gospels

All four Gospels tell us about John the Baptist, making him an extremely important figure in the...

Episode 35 - John the Baptist and the Maccabean Revolt - Opening Up the Gospels

In 166BC, the Jews revolted against their Greek oppressors in a time historians call the Maccabean...

Episode 37 - The Message of John the Baptist part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

The significance of John’s message to the nation of Israel is only heightened when we see that...

Episode 39 - The Message of John the Baptist part 4 - Opening Up the Gospels

John the Baptist said that the One coming after Him (who we know to be Jesus of Nazareth) would...

Episode 41 - The Baptism of Jesus - Opening Up the Gospels

The baptism of Jesus is a very familiar scene to many, but there is so much confusion about it. Why...

Episode 43 - The Inquisition from Jerusalem - Opening Up the Gospels

While Jesus was still in the wilderness, priests and Levites from Jerusalem came to Bethany beyond...

Episode 45 - The First Disciples - Opening Up the Gospels

Just two days after emerging from the wilderness, Jesus meets a handful of fishermen from Galilee in...

Episode 47 - The Wedding at Cana - Opening Up the Gospels

Perhaps only a week after His emergence from the wilderness, Jesus heads to Cana in Galilee with His...

Episode 49 - The Cleansing of the Temple - Opening Up the Gospels

The very first, overtly public act of Jesus’ ministry was the cleansing of the Temple in...

Episode 51 - On the Way to Galilee - Opening Up the Gospels

As Jesus’ disciples were baptizing, a dispute arises between John’s disciples and a Jew...

Episode 53 - Introduction to the Early Galilean Ministry - Opening Up the Gospels

After being rejected in Jerusalem by the Jewish authorities, Jesus heads to Galilee to begin his...

Episode 55 - Healing at the Pool of Bethesda - Opening Up the Gospels

While in Jerusalem for feast of the Jews, Jesus heals a paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda....

Episode 57 - Miracles in Galilee - Opening Up the Gospels

While traveling with His first four official disciples, Jesus’ fame spreads in Galilee like...

Episode 60 - The Calling of the Twelve - Opening Up the Gospels

After continuing all night in prayer, Jesus chooses twelve of His disciples that would go on to be...

Episode 62 - Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount - Opening Up the Gospels

The Sermon on the Mount is arguably the most well-known of Jesus’ teachings, yet its meaning...

Episode 63 - The Sermon on the Mount, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus begins the famous Sermon on the Mount with the “beatitudes”, a series of...

Episode 65 - The Sermon on the Mount, part 3 - Opening Up the Gospels

In Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though...

Episode 67 - The Sinful Woman at Jesus' Feet - Opening Up the Gospels

While dining with some Pharisees, Jesus encounters a sinful woman who shed tears of repentance on...

Episode 68 - Encounter with Jesus' Mother and Brothers - Opening Up the Gospels

While Jesus was with a large crowd, His mother and brothers come searching for him. Not only was...

Episode 69 - Jesus Teaches in Parables - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus’ parables are well-known but often misunderstood in modern times. Jesus did not use the...

Episode 70 - Jesus Calms the Storm - Opening Up the Gospels

After a long, tiring day of ministry, Jesus calms a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The juxtaposition...

Episode 71 - Healings in Galilee - Opening Up the Gospels

After Jesus calms the storm, He heals a demonized man in the region of the Gerasenes. Upon His...

Episode 72 - The Sending of the Twelve - Opening Up the Gospels

After only a few months of being Jesus’ formal disciples, the Twelve are sent out two-by-two...

Episode 73 - Introduction to the Late Galilean Ministry - Opening Up the Gospels

The Late Galilean Ministry begins the second year of Jesus’ public ministry to Israel. Many...

Episode 74 - The Feeding of the Five Thousand, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 men is one of the more well-known stories from the Gospels. Yet the...

Episode 75 - The Feeding of the Five Thousand, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 men is one of the more well-known stories from the Gospels. Yet...

Episode 76 - Jesus Walks on the Water - Opening Up the Gospels

In this well-known scene from the Gospels, Jesus walks on the water and once again demonstrates His...

Episode 77 - Confrontation with the Pharisees - Opening Up the Gospels

Just a day after feeding the 5,000 and walking on the water, Jesus encounters Pharisees from...

Episode 78 - The Bread of Life - Opening Up the Gospels

Just before the second Passover feast of His ministry, Jesus delivers His well-known “eat my...

Episode 80 - Feeding the Four Thousand - Opening Up the Gospels

After spending time in Tyre and Sidon, Jesus continues His ministry among Gentiles by heading...

Episode 81 - The Leaven of the Pharisees - Opening Up the Gospels

Once again Jesus gets into a conflict with the Pharisees. This time, they seek a sign from Jesus to...

Episode 82 - Peter's Confession of the Christ, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds...

Episode 84 - The Transfiguration - Opening Up the Gospels

After predicting His suffering, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and is...

Episode 86 - Jesus' Final Days in Capernaum - Opening Up the Gospels

After rejecting Galilee and before heading south to Perea and Judea, Jesus returns to Capernaum to...

Episode 88 - The Sending of the Seventy - Opening Up the Gospels

As He heads south to Judea, Jesus sends out an additional seventy(-two) of His disciples ahead of...

Episode 90 - Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

In the fall of the final year of His ministry, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles...

Episode 92 - Ministering in Judea and Perea - Opening Up the Gospels

After the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus continues ministering in Judea and Perea. This episode looks...

Episode 94 - Teaching in Judea Between the Feasts - Opening Up the Gospels

After the Feast of Tabernacles in October, Jesus gives an extended teaching to the crowds in Judea...

Episode 97 - Healing of the Man Born Blind - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus heals a man born blind by making mud from dirt and spit, rubbing it on his eyes, and telling...

Episode 98 - Jesus is the Good Shepherd - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus continues His rebuke of the Jewish authorities in John 10 just prior to the Feast of...

Episode 99 - Jesus at the Feast of Dedication - Opening Up the Gospels

After traveling about Judea and Perea for several months, Jesus teaches in the Temple at the Feast...

Episode 100 - Parables in Bethany Beyond the Jordan - Opening Up the Gospels

After withdrawing again to Bethany Beyond the Jordan after the Feast of Dedication, large crowds...

Episode 101 - The Parable of the Prodigal Son - Opening Up the Gospels

In Bethany Beyond the Jordan just after the Feast of Dedication, Jesus gives a series of parables to...

Episode 102 - The Parable of the Dishonest Manager - Opening Up the Gospels

While still in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jesus gives a story to the tax collectors and sinners who...

Episode 103 - The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus continues His extended teaching in Bethany Beyond the Jordan with a parable directed at the...

Episode 104 - Last Words in Perea - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus continues His extended teaching in Bethany Beyond the Jordan with a parable directed at the...

Episode 105 - The Raising of Lazarus - Opening Up the Gospels

Just on the doorstep of Jerusalem and only a short time before His crucifixion, Jesus raises Lazarus...

Episode 106 - Overview of Jesus' Final Journey to Jerusalem - Opening Up the Gospels

After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus and the Twelve take leave of the crowds and angry Jewish...

Episode 107 - The Cleansing of Ten Lepers - Opening Up the Gospels

On His journey southward for the Passover feast, Jesus encounters ten lepers near a village on the...

Episode 108 - The Coming of the Kingdom - Opening Up the Gospels

On the way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His ministry, Jesus is asked by Pharisees...

Episode 109 - The Parable of the Persistent Widow - Opening Up the Gospels

After describing to His disciples how His kingdom would be established, Jesus encourages them...

Episode 110 - The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Opening Up the Gospels

After instructing His disciples on persistent prayer, Jesus shares another parable directed at the...

Episode 111 - The Rich Young Ruler - Opening Up the Gospels

On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus encounters a rich young ruler who asks how he can obtain eternal...

Episode 112 - Jesus' Third Prediction of Suffering - Opening Up the Gospels

Just outside of Jericho, Jesus depicts His coming suffering to the Twelve in perhaps more detail...

Episode 113 - Jesus and Zacchaeus in Jericho - Opening Up the Gospels

On His way to Jerusalem for the final Passover feast of His 2-year ministry, Jesus stops through...

Episode 114 - Jesus Anointed at Bethany - Opening Up the Gospels

After staying with Zacchaeus in Jericho and traveling to Bethany before the Sabbath, Jesus attends a...

Episode 115 - Introduction to Passion Week - Opening Up the Gospels

The four Gospels narrate the final week of Jesus’ life and the events surrounding His...

Episode 116 - The Triumphal Entry, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey. The...

Episode 117 - The Triumphal Entry, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

On Sunday of Passion Week, crowds gather to laud Jesus as He enters into Jerusalem on a donkey....

Episode 118 - Passion Week Monday - Opening Up the Gospels

Upon His entry into Jerusalem on Monday, Jesus once again turns over the tables of the money...

Episode 119 - Passion Week Tuesday, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

On the journey back into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning of Passion Week, Peter sees the fig tree that...

Episode 120 - Passion Week Tuesday, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

As Jesus’ final day of His public ministry to Israel, Tuesday of Passion Week is filled with...

Episode 122 - Passion Week Tuesday, part 4 - Opening Up the Gospels

In His final day of public ministry, Jesus continues to silence His opponents and asserts His...

Episode 124 - The Conclusion of Jesus' Public Ministry - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus’ public ministry comes to a close on Tuesday of Passion Week. This episode reviews the...

Episode 125 - The Last Supper, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

On Thursday of Passion Week and on the first formal day of the Passover Feast of 29AD, Jesus asks...

Episode 127 - The Last Supper, part 3 - Opening Up the Gospels

After the disciples arrive to the upper room and find their place at the table, Jesus formally...

Episode 129 - The Last Supper, part 5 - Opening Up the Gospels

After washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus reclines at the table and says that one of the...

Episode 131 - The Journey to Gethsemane - Opening Up the Gospels

Judas has departed and the Passover meal in the upper room comes to a conclusion. Jesus takes His...

Episode 132 - Jesus' Words in the Temple - Opening Up the Gospels

After leaving the upper room and before entering the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus and the eleven...

Episode 135 - From Gethsemane to Annas - Opening Up the Gospels

A garrison of Roman troops and Temple guards arrest Jesus bind Him and take Him from Gethsemane to...

Episode 136 - The Private Inquisition of Caiaphas - Opening Up the Gospels

After His capture in Gethsemane, Jesus is escorted to the house of Annas, who subsequently sends Him...

Episode 137 - Before the Sanhedrin, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

After being privately questioned by Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, is gathered...

Episode 138 - Before the Sanhedrin, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

Luke’s Gospel details the account of Peter’s three denials of Jesus as well as...

Episode 139 - Before Pilate, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus is led from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium, Pilate’s residence in the early...

Episode 140 - Before Pilate, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

As the Jewish authorities hurl false accusations of Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor...

Episode 141 - Before Herod - Opening Up the Gospels

Pilate determined that Jesus was a Galilean and was not under his jurisdiction, so he sent Him to...

Episode 142 - Back to Pilate - Opening Up the Gospels

Jesus was sent back to Pilate after His interrogation before Herod Antipas, and the Jews were even...

Episode 144 - The Road to the Cross, part 1 - Opening Up the Gospels

After a final sentencing by Pilate, Jesus is led from the Praetorium to Golgotha, the site of His...

Episode 145 - The Road to the Cross, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

As Jesus is laboriously carrying His cross to Golgotha, He turns to the crowds and the weeping women...

Episode 147 - The Crucifixion of Jesus, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

According to Matthew’s Jesus is mocked and derided by four separate groups as He hung on the...

Episode 149 - The Death of Jesus - Opening Up the Gospels

Around the 9th hour or 3pm on Friday of Passion Week, Jesus utters a number of phrases recorded by...

Episode 151- The Resurrection of Jesus - Opening Up the Gospels

While all four of the Gospels give unique details surrounding the events of Jesus’...

Episode 153 - Jesus' Post Resurrection Appearances, part 2 - Opening Up the Gospels

Just a short time after His resurrection, the Gospels record Jesus’ appearance to His...

Episode 156 - Overview and Concluding Thoughts - Opening Up the Gospels

In 2013, I set out to produce a weekly video on the life of Jesus as narrated by Matthew, Mark,...