John’s Gospel records Jesus’ Upper Room Discourse, His private teaching to the eleven disciples before His arrest and trials. Our Lord here prepares His faithful for the events to follow and His ultimate ascension back to heaven. This teaching is the foundation of truth for the church and the dispensation of grace.
The Olivet Discourse, found especially in Matthew 24-25 and Mark 13, is Jesus’ teaching concerning His second advent. It is principally about Israel, and for this reason many who want everything to be about the church find it confusing.
Matthew 13 records our Lord’s Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. Seeing a distinction between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven in its “mystery” form is the clue to understanding the course of this present age.
Matthew 5-7 contains the most complete account of what may be the most famous of Jesus’ teachings, the Sermon on the Mount. At the same time, this discourse may be the most misunderstood of all His teachings.
The temptations of Christ in the wilderness would not normally be included in His teachings. Nevertheless, we learn much from the record of our Lord’s victory over the devil.
Kenosis is from the Greek word that means “emptying.” This word is found in Philippians 2, and refers to what Jesus did in becoming a human being. But of what did He empty Himself?
Was Jesus truly human? Did Jesus remain fully God? These are questions that have troubled even theologians through the centuries, but Philippians 2 provides the answer.
Luke’s Gospel gives us the most detail of the pre-public life of the Lord Jesus. From His dedication in the temple to His encounter with the priests at age 12, Jesus was recognized to be extraordinary.
The birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated by Christians worldwide during the the Christmas season, is more than a wonderful seasonal story. It is the record of God’s sovereign control of events to bring Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ in fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy.
The Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ starts with His miraculous conception, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.