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As we open this week’s Jesus Stories, the Jesus’ disciples think that they are in competition with John the Baptist. However, Jesus sets them straight on this point. Even John informs us of his non-competitive position; he will become less while Jesus becomes greater.

Jesus and his disciples leave Judea and head to Galilee. They take the short route through the region of Samaria. Jesus stops to rest and we drop in on another interesting conversation between Jesus and a woman from Samaria – a person whom Jesus shouldn’t have been talking with – if he listened to the culture. Jesus spoke with her, identified himself to her, and gave her water that would be life for her and her village.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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This week’s Jesus Stories introduces us to the first people who met or wanted to meet Jesus. Two of them met Jesus in the Temple and praised and prophesied about him. A third person – an evil ruler – sought to kill him; while magi came from afar to worship him and bring him gifts. Then we meet Jesus as a twelve year old giving his parents the scare of their life-time.

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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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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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Welcome to Season Four of Jesus Stories. We are going back to the scriptures – to the beginning of Jesus Stories – to retell and to explain more deeply the life of Jesus. Still working from a chronological viewpoint, we’ll tell the story from the scriptures as we have done in the past, and then, in the next episode, expand on the story with more insights and teachings.

We start in this new season at the same place the gospels begin – prior to the birth of Jesus. We’ll hear the stories of Elizabeth and Mary and the babies which God gives to each of them.

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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.