To Jerusalem

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  1. Following Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (The Messiah of Israel submitted to the way of the Cross and summoned his disciples to follow him on the very same path)
  2. His Transfiguration - {PDF Copy} - (The Transfiguration was the confirmation of his status as the Messiah, and of the necessity for Jesus to suffer before receiving glory)
  3. Stumped by Unbelief - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:14-29 - Unbelief hindered the ability of Jesus to heal and deliver, not any lack of fasting or other ritualistic practices)
  4. The Meaning of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (To be the Messiah meant suffering and death for others. To be his disciple means self-sacrificial service to the weak and insignificant)
  5. Faithful and Saltless Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (Faithful disciples will receive great rewards, but those who harm their weaker brethren run the risk of being cast into Gehenna)
  6. Questions About Divorce - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:1-16 - Opponents questioned Jesus about divorce to trap him, but he used the issue to teach the higher ways of the Kingdom)
  7. The Young Rich Man - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:17-31 - To follow Jesus is to surrender one’s entire life and walk wherever he leads - no questions asked)
  8. His Impending Death - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:32-34Jesus was “on the way” to Jerusalem to suffer arrest, trial, and execution)
  9. Servant of the King - {PDF Copy} - (His disciples are called to lives of self-sacrificial service for others, just as Jesus gave his life a ransom for many)
  10. Blind Bar-Timaeus Saved - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:46-52 - Jesus restored the sight of a blind beggar while “on the way” to Jerusalem)
  11. His Triumphal Arrival - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 11:1-11 - At the end of his journey, the destination of Jesus was the Temple in Jerusalem)
  1. Fruitless Temple - {PDF Copy- (Mark 13:28-29 - The barren fig tree symbolized the fruitlessness of the Temple)
  2. Desolate Temple - {PDF Copy} - (When he left the Temple for the last time, Jesus pronounced its coming desolation to his opponents)
  3. In the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 12:41-13:4 - Jesus gave his ‘Olivet Discourse’ after his final departure from the Temple)
  4. The Geographic Scope of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The ‘Olivet Discourse’ presents two key events linked to different geographic contexts – Regional and Global)
  5. Deceivers and Rumors - {PDF Copy} - (The Olivet Discourse opens with warnings about deceivers who will propagate false expectations about the end)
  6. Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 13:14-21 - When disciples saw the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not, they must flee Jerusalem ASAP)
  7. The Sign of the End - {PDF Copy- (The end will not come until this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations)
  8. Repeated Warnings - {PDF Copy- (Three specific warnings were repeated by Jesus in his Olivet Discourse to help his disciples avoid deception)
  9. Knowing Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy- (Jesus did not command his disciples to know and calculate the “times and seasons” of his return in glory - Acts 1:6-8)
  10. Coming on the Clouds - {PDF Copy- (Mark 13:21-27The whole earth will witness the Son of Man arriving on the clouds to gather his elect to himself)
  11. The Budding Fig Tree - {PDF Copy- (Mark 13:28-29 - The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple predicted by Jesus)
  12. "This Generation" - {PDF Copy} - (The generation contemporary with Jesus would see all the events leading up to the destruction of the Temple – Mark 13:30-31)
Jerusalem - Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Jerusalem - Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


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