The Old Testament prophet Isaiah told a story comparing God's people to a vineyard. Jesus takes this story and gives it new characters and a new ending. He also tells them about the prophecy of Psalm 118 about a stone that was rejected by men but was precious to God.
Jesus is teaching in the temple but the religious authorities challenge him. What right did he have to take over the temple? Jesus answers with a question of his own and then tells a story about two disobedient sons that would pierce the hearts of everyone listening.
It is the first day of Jesus’ final week. He tells his disciples to get a donkey for him that he might ride into Jerusalem as the king. He is hailed as Messiah by multitudes. The week that changed the world forever has begun.
Jesus is teaching in the Temple when the religious leaders bring a woman to him. They have caught her in the act of adultery! They tell Jesus, the great forgiver of sins, that the Law demands that she be put to death for her sin. If he forgives her, he is not following the Law. If he condemns her, he is compromising his message of forgiveness. What will he do?
Jesus has left Jerusalem and is making His way north to Galilee. But instead of traveling on the east side of the Jordan River to avoid Samaria, He travels right through the province and at a well near the village of Sychar enters into a discussion with a Samaritan woman that would reveal the depths of her heart and change her life forever.
After many months of preaching and baptizing in the wilderness, John is approached by Jesus of Nazareth who comes for baptism. John, the prophet, does not want to baptize this man. But Jesus insists that it was necessary. Why did John hesitate? Why was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized? And what happened when he did.
Jesus tries to break through the hard hearts of money-loving religious leaders by telling a story of a rich man and a poor beggar who lay at his gate. It appears one is blessed and one is cursed until they die and discover the truth about what God values the most.
A lone figure leaves society and goes into the wilderness to wait for the word of the Lord. The world of Rome and Israel has plunged into deep darkness, but into this world, the light of God's word arises with hope.
Jesus leaves John and walks into the dangerous Judean wilderness - alone. For 40 days he fasts and prays. Loneliness sets in when someone approaches with an offer for satisfaction, power and glory.