JESUS LEAVES his disciples with some final teachings before the Crucifixion. We discuss the accounts of the Last Supper, his declaration that no one comes to the Father except through him, and Jesus’ clear claim of divinity before the Sanhedrin.
We also touch on the timing of Jesus’ appearance on Earth at the height of the power of the Roman Empire. It is no coincidence that he arrived at the earliest possible moment in history when a message could be taken to all points on the globe.
THE PLOT against Jesus moves to a new level as the Sanhedrin responds to accounts of Lazarus being raised from the dead in a curious way: Rather than admitting that Jesus is the Messiah, they decide to have him killed so the Romans won’t put them all out of a job!
Also: The faith of little children, the stumbling block of wealth, and the failure of those nearest to Jesus to understand his mission.
TODAY WE encounter the Devil as Jesus is led into the desert for 40 days and then tempted — or, more accurately, tested. Thankfully for all of us, Jesus resisted the snares of physical gratification (bread), public acclaim, and earthly power.
We discuss Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana, the miraculous catch on the Sea of Galilee, and the unique nature of Jesus as God’s only son.