What Happens in This Episode?

In this week’s Jesus Stories, we listen in to a conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus – a conversation which occurred under the cover of darkness. Nicodemus, as one of the religious leaders of the Jewish people, had some deep questions for Jesus; and Jesus has some deeper answers for Nicodemus. We’ll delve into the conversation, explaining what is going on as it occurs.

This conversation will take us further into understanding the Holy Spirit and the idea of being “born again.” We’ll look at what is probably the most quoted verse from the scriptures and think about the meaning of that verse. And we’ll wrap up with some of the images from the Old Testament which Jesus used to communicate his message to Nicodemus. (You may need to look these scriptures up from the links below.)

Check the next podcast for an even deeper understanding of Jesus’ teaching!!!

Scriptures Used in this Podcast

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE?

We elaborate on two events from the last episode. Jesus comes to a wedding and performs a miracle there. What does that mean for you and me? Then, Jesus goes to the Temple in Jerusalem and purges it of the merchants within. What does that mean? How do these events show the same side of Jesus?

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SCRIPTURES NOT USED IN THIS EPISODE (BUT IMPORTANT FOR UNDERSTANDING)!

In my explanation of the image of wine and blood in the story of the miracle of water being turned into wine, I mentioned that wine and blood were images used throughout the New Testament. Here are scriptures which illustrate that connection:

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE?

Jesus begins collecting followers in this Jesus Stories episode. We meet his first followers and see an early miracle. Jesus also travels to the first Passover and has his first confrontation in the Temple with the religious leaders of Israel.

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WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE:

This episode of Jesus Stories concludes the interview we started with Dennis about a month ago (Episode #3-16 Encounter with Evil). Dennis shares how with the help of his newfound Savior, Jesus, he begins to overcome the evil which has been tormenting him. Because of the length of the interview, this episode is a bit longer than what I usually post. But, it is important to hear the whole story and understand the victory he is enjoying.

Two notes about Dennis:

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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This Jesus Stories episode tells the whole Christmas Story. Did you know that the story begins with Creation? “In the beginning….” From there it proceeds until the baby is born in Bethlehem that is destined to change the world. After he is killed, Jehovah God raises him from the dead giving new life, reconciliation, salvation, and love to all mankind.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

MUSIC HEARD ON THIS PODCAST:

This episode contains a lot of music for a Jesus Stories podcast. Here is a list of the selections.

  • Joy to the World, by Isaac Watts. Performed by Quincas Moreira Music
  • O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles), attributed to John Francis Wade. Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
  • I Come to the Garden Alone, by C. Austin Miles. Performed by Praise and Harmony TV. https://youtu.be/FxPXJmUqkaA
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel), M. Neale. Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
  • Away in a Manger, attributed by Martin Luther. Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem, by Phillips Brooks. Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing, by Charles Wesley. Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
  • Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?, by J.G. Dailey. Performed by Margie Mitchell, from the Worship Ministry of the New York City Church of Christ.

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

What Happens in this Episode?

This week’s Jesus Stories we interview Dennis who has a remarkable Jesus Story to tell. As Jesus encountered Satan in the desert, Dennis encountered Satan’s demons and ultimately won a victory over them. But it was a battle. You’ll to hear about the battle, how it began, and how he began to defeat them. (This is part 2 of this series, part 1 of this interview.)

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THIS JESUS STORIES EPISODE IS RATED PG!!.

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

What Happens in this Episode?

This week’s Jesus Stories, begins the first of several episodes dealing with Jesus’ “Encounter with Evil.” We will look at the encounter in more detail and draw lessons for you and me.

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What Happens in this Episode?

This week’s Jesus Stories, “In the Desert”, cements the author’s validation of the identity of Jesus. John the Baptist points at Jesus calling him the Messiah. While Matthew and Luke show Jesus confrontation with Satan in which Satan loses and Jesus wins. To them, anyone who can stand against Satan, could only be the Messiah.

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What Happens in this Episode?

We review the happenings of the last two episodes and look at the number of miracles Jehovah God used to make these events occur. What does that mean for you and me?

Scriptures We Refer to In This Story

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What Happens in this Episode?

This episode of Jesus Stories continues in the birth stories of both John the Baptist and Jesus. Both mothers – Elizabeth and Mary – give birth in special circumstances. We hear praises; special songs dedicated to the glory of God – the first Christmas carols! And unusual messengers are sent to tell the story of the birth to the community.

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