An Overview of Jesus’ Three-Year Ministry

“Although the evangelists are not concerned to give us a strictly chronological account of the Lord’s public ministry, it appears from John’s Gospel to have lasted approximately three years. We can call the first the year of obscurity, the second the year of popularity and the third the year of adversity.” -John Stott, Understanding the Bible

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Jesus’ Ministry Among Hypocrites

“And remember, Jesus saw hypocrisy far more clearly and deeply than we can. His X-ray eyes penetrated every pharisaical mask and disguise to detect every gross contradiction between lips and life. And even more painful for Him, He saw the double standards and inconsistencies in even the best of His disciples. His painful experience of hypocrisy was a large part of His sin-atoning sufferings. But they also gave Him an ongoing sympathy and empathy with us. However pained we are by phony faith, we can take our pain to someone who felt it even more deeply.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian

What is a Parable?

“Thus, while it is quite true that Christ’s parables are earthy stories with a heavenly meaning, yet that fails to tell us enough about them. We need to know that the stories Jesus told not only speak to us about the ‘other world’–the word of spiritual reality, the world of God–but that they are also intended to reveal to us something of what God has done, and is doing, and will yet do in the present world, through and in his kingdom, by the person and work of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.” -John R. DeWitt, Amazing Love

Where Did the Pharisees Comes From?

“In the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew an offshoot developed and became what in the time of the Lord Jesus was Pharisaic Judaism. The Lord Jesus, warned that he has displeased the Pharisees, responded about them that they were a plant which his heavenly Father did not plant (Matt. 15: 12– 13).” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

‘Take And Eat’ Brought Sin, In Christ It Bestows Salvation

“the language ‘take and eat,’ which Christian recite at the Lord’s Supper it is impossible not to recall the later use of this pair of verbs. ‘She took… and ate.’ ‘So simple the act and so hard the undoing,’ someone has said. ‘God will taste poverty and death before ‘take and eat’ become words of salvation.'” -D.A. Carson