New Testament Survey: The Gospels
About this Class
Dr. Robert Stein
Titles given to Jesus (e.g., Messiah/Christ, Son of Man, Son of God) give us insight into his nature and mission.
The Chronology of Jesus' life in the Gospels begins with his birth and ends with his resurrection. How you explain Jesus' miracles depends on your presuppositions.
The birth of Christ is an historical event. The virgin birth of Jesus is a fundamental aspect of his nature and ministry.
Except for the accounts of a couple of events in Jesus' childhood, the Gospels are silent about the years before Jesus began his public ministry. Jesus' public ministry began when John the Baptist baptized Jesus publicly in the Jordan River.
The three temptations that Satan put to Jesus were significant to him and instructive to us. Jesus had a specific purpose in mind in the way he called his disciples and the fact that he chose 12.
After Simon Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, Jesus begins teaching about his death and focuses his efforts on teaching the twelve. The Transfiguration was a significant event for the disciples.
The events surrounding Jesus' "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem were the beginning of the week leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. When Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem, he was making a significant statement.
At the Last Supper, Jesus celebrated with his disciples by eating the Passover meal. He reinterpreted it to show how it pointed to him as being the perfect Lamb of God, the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all people.
The night before his crucifixion, Jesus went to Gethsemane with his disciples to pray. Judas betrays Jesus there and Jesus is arrested.
The trial of Jesus involved a hearing in the Jewish court conducted by the high priest and the Sanhedrin, and a hearing in the Roman court conducted by Pilate.
Jesus died by crucifixion. The Romans used it as a deterrent because it was public and a horrible way to die.
The historical evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus is compelling.
The Gospels are eyewitness accounts that clearly show that Jesus claimed to be fully human and fully God, and what he did to back up this claim. Some people try to reinterpret the Gospels to make Jesus out to be a moral teacher with good intentions, but not God in the flesh.
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