Welcome to season 2 of Jesus Stories. While we are preparing for an exciting season 3, we are featuring some important stories from the life of Jesus. If you’ve listened to the whole of season 1, you’ve heard the stories before. But now you might hear them with fresh ears and gain new insights into these happenings and teaching.
What Happens in this Episode:
Competition among the disciples of Jesus and the disciples of John the Baptist
John reminds his disciples that he will become less while Jesus becomes more
Jesus and his disciples take the short-cut from Judea to Galilee – through Samaria
We overhear a conversation between Jesus and a woman who visits a well for water
I’m collecting current day Jesus Stories for the third season of the Jesus Stories Podcast. If you’ve got a Jesus Story from your life, I’d love to hear from you. You can tell the story through an interview, or I’ll tell your story for you. And, you may remain anonymous, if needed. Contact me via the website, JesusStories.info.
With this episode we have told the entire life of Jesus while he was on this earth. But, the story doesn’t end there. It goes on in the lives of the people who believe in and follow Him. Their stories are Jesus Stories that inspire and amaze. We’ll start telling those stories soon.
For Season 2, join me as we retell some of these familiar stories.
In Season 3, we’ll tell the stories of the people who have encountered Jesus and what change he effected upon their lives.
In this episode of Jesus Stories, we hear of two remarkable people who have faith which is commended by Jesus. A Roman Centurion is sure that Jesus can hear a deathly ill slave just by speaking. And a prostitute honors Jesus at the home of a Pharisee exercising a faith that Jesus says saves her. In between, Jesus raises the son of a widow and shows John’s disciples that he is the one for whom they have been waiting.
We conclude looking at the Sermon on the Mount in this Jesus Stories episode. Jesus starts by getting into our wallets and our stuff. “Don’t store up treasures here on earth…” He tells us not to worry since Jehovah God will take care of his followers. He reminds us that judgment of others brings judgment back upon us. We can only judge with the guidance of Jehovah God. Then he points out the choices that we have to make. Which road will we travel? Which voices will we listen to? What foundation with will build our lives upon?
We continue reviewing Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus continues to challenge his listeners with his look at “the Law”. He outlines what the law says and continues with “but I say” to explain the expectation that Jehovah God held. In each case, the heart of the individual was to match the observed behavior. He talks about divorce, vows, retribution, and loving your enemies. Then he moves to talk about the acts of worship which are given to Jehovah God. In talking about giving, praying and fasting, he warns against posturing before “our Father” – an unusual term for his Jewish listeners. He warns that such posturing is its own reward. There is no heavenly reward to follow.
This week’s Jesus Stories podcast continues the narrative of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. We start in Capernaum – Jesus’ home base – where he teaches and, again, confronts an evil spirit. This is followed by more teaching and lots of healings. We’ll see two well-known healings: Peter’s mother-in-law and the man let down through the roof of an over-crowded house. Jesus calls Levi (Matthew) and then attends a party which Levi throws for him. In both of these last instances, Jesus confronts the attitudes of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law.
I reference a map of the region in today’s show. Here it is!