Joseph has Jesus circumcised on his eighth day according to the Law of Moses. Then on the 41st day he and Mary present offerings in the Temple for purification. But when they arrive, they are greeted by an old prophet and prophetess who tell them amazing things.
God uses a Roman tax to get Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. After a hard journey, the Savior is born, and they think they can now have some rest. But angels appear to shepherds and direct them to the manger to worship.
Mary returns to Nazareth after her visit with Elizabeth but she faces a difficult task. She must tell Joseph she is pregnant. How will she break the news? And will he believe her story?
Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her that she will bear the Messiah. Mary humbly submits to God's will and then travels to Judea to visit her relative Elizabeth who is pregnant with the forerunner. When the two women meet, the Spirit fills their hearts with words of praise that have resounded through the centuries.
Old Zacharias receives a once in a lifetime opportunity to burn incense in the Holy Place, but when he enters, he is met by an angel with a startling message. God has heard his prayers! He and Elizabeth will have a son and he will be special beyond their wildest dreams!
Jesus and his disciples enter a synagogue after a morning of controversy with Pharisees about plucking grain on the Sabbath. But the controversy is only starting. A man with a withered hand is in attendance that day. The Pharisees want to know if the Law allows healing on the Sabbath. Jesus tells the man to come forward and then asks some piercing questions.
A man, paralyzed for 38 years meets a man who tells him "rise up and walk." But when he is healed and starts home with his bedroll under his arm, the religious leaders throw a fit because he has broken the Sabbath rules. When they find out that Jesus is the one who told him to take up his bed on the Sabbath, they go on the attack against Jesus.
Jesus meet Matthew the tax-collector and asks him to follow Him. Matthew has Jesus over to his home as his honored guest where other tax-collectors and sinners gather to meet him. Everything is going well until scribes, Pharisees, and disciples of John ask hard questions of Jesus at the dinner.
Defying the ordinance that lepers are to remain outside the city gates, a leper runs to Jesus and asks if He will heal him. The leper has broken the law, but what does Jesus do? On another day Jesus is teaching to a packed house. Four men try to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus, but they can't get to Him because of the crowds, until they come up with a clever idea.
Peter, Andrew, James, and John are enjoying a break from ministry and go fishing. They work all night and catch ... nothing. Then Jesus comes and tells them to go back out with him. A fishing miracle takes place, but something more important happens in the heart of Peter.
A man in the crowd approaches Jesus and asks him to settle a dispute between him and his brother over their inheritance! Jesus refuses and tells a story that reveals the true heart of this man and of the world.
Jesus and his disciples are rejoicing. Seventy of them have returned from a preaching tour where they saw great things happen. But then a religious lawyer challenges Jesus with a question. Jesus answers with a story that changes his life and the history of the world.
On a busy day, Jesus heals and teaches multitudes, answers a question from Pharisees, and blesses little children. Then, a rich, young ruler approaches and asks, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ answer surprised the ruler, the disciples, and people throughout the ages.
It is the Feast of Dedication where the Jews remembered their military victory over the Greek armies in 165 BC. In their readings of Scripture they meditated on the difference between good shepherds and bad shepherds and during this time Jesus proclaimed something very important about his identity.
Jesus is now back in Galilee and has settled in Cana, a few miles north of Nazareth where He grew up. Word spreads that he is back in the area and a royal official comes to him asking that Jesus journey with him to Capernaum to heal his sick son. Jesus says, "You people will not believe unless you see signs and wonders." How did the nobleman respond and what deeper lesson was Jesus seeking to teach him?