John’s visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.
The book of Revelation was written to seven churches as both encouragement and challenge. An apocalyptic letter, it relies on visions, symbols, and Old Testament references to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise given to Abraham in Genesis. The book is not a secret code that allows believers to decipher the timeline of Jesus’s return.
Instead, it shows that every human kingdom eventually becomes Babylon and must be resisted. Jesus, the slain Lamb who died for the sins of the world, will return one day as King with His followers to prompt repentance. He will remove evil permanently and make all things anew.
That promise motivates every generation of God’s people to remain faithful in the midst of persecution until their King returns.
The four Gospels retell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from four distinct perspectives. Each one highlights themes and reveals how the God of Israel came to live with his people in the person of Jesus.
One of the earliest official accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark addresses the basic questions of whether Jesus was the true messiah for whom Israel had been waiting. And if so, what kind of Messianic king was he if he suffered and died?
Luke Ch 1-2
The first in a five-part series on the Gospel of Luke. We explore the amazing events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The humble conditions of his family and their low status in Israelite society foreshadow the upside-down nature of Jesus’ kingdom.
Luke Ch 3-9
The second in a five-part series on the Gospel of Luke. We watch Jesus launch his ministry of good news for the poor and how he brought together people from very diverse backgrounds to live together in peace.
Luke Ch 9-19
Part three explores the central part of Luke’s Gospel. Jesus continues his controversial announcement of good news for the poor during his long road-trip to Jerusalem, which increases conflict with Israel’s religious leaders. This tension provides the setting for the famous parable of the Prodigal Son.
Luke Ch 19-23
The final week of Jesus’ life culminated in a controversial week in Jerusalem during Passover. In this video we’ll explore the Gospel of Luke chs. 19-23, and how it came about that the innocent Jesus ended up being executed as a revolutionary rebel against Rome. We’ll also see how Jesus was not at all surprised, because he believed that his death would open up a new future for Israel, and for all humanity.
Luke Ch 24
This video concludes Luke’s epic portrait of Jesus of Nazareth. The disciples discover the empty tomb and eventually have their entire view of the world turned upside-down as they meet the risen Jesus. Luke shows how Jesus’ kingdom of God mission to its climactic moment, and he sets the stage for its continuation in Luke’s second volume, Acts.
Matthew, Mark, John & Luke-Acts, the first five books of the New Testament that collectively form the Gospel of Jesus — are the climax of the Bible’s overall narrative. These books catalog the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the savior to whom all of the Old Testament prophecies pointed. Just as importantly, the Gospels also take great care to point out how Christ fulfilled these prophecies.
Why, though, are we given four different books to recount the Gospel of Jesus? No other part of the Bible uses four different books to tell the same story. While it is true that the Gospels all repeat the same basic story, one right after the other, each telling of the story is different, not in the facts presented, but in the perspective from which they are told.
Luke was a highly educated physician, a Gentile, and a skilled storyteller; Matthew was a tax collector — the lowest of the low in Jewish society — but more importantly, he was an author who takes special care to show the historical and prophetic significance of Christ; Mark attempts to show the power of Jesus and prove that He is the Messiah; and John chooses to focus more on spiritual themes that Christ’s life presents rather than the historical significance.
Together, these four books serve as everything the Old Testament has been leading to and lay the foundation for everything that is to come. The events they detail and the truths they contain serve as the basis for all Christianity, providing us today with a comprehensive account of the life and teachings of the most important figure to ever walk the earth — Jesus Christ.
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The word “love” is one of the sloppiest words in our language, as it primarily refers to a feeling that happens to a person. In the New Testament, “love” refers to a way of treating people that was defined by Jesus himself: seeking the well-being of others regardless of their response.