Holy Week 001-014
He entered Jerusalem to the praise of the people. Five days later he was nailed to a Roman cross. Walk through the final week and discover the unexpected ending that changed the world forever.
Stories of The Master
The story of Jesus and the stories he told come alive for the modern listener. Jonathan Williams weaves in cultural and historical details that help us understand who Jesus is and why he came to this world.
The Humble King - HW001
It is the first day of Jesus' final week. He tells his disciples to get a donkey for him that he might ride into Jerusalem as the king. He is hailed as Messiah by multitudes. The week that changed the world forever has begun.
The Disobedient Sons - HW002
Jesus is teaching in the temple but the religious autorities challenge him. What right did he have to take over the temple? Jesus answers with a question of his own and then tells a story about two disobedient sons that would pierce the hearts of everyone listening.
The Vineyard, the Son, and the Stone - HW003
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah told a story comparing God's people to a vineyard. Jesus takes this story and gives it new characters and a new ending. He also tells them about the prophecy of Psalm 118 about a stone that was rejected by men but was precious to God.
The Banquet, the Coin, and the Son - HW004
Tension is high between Jesus and the rulers, but everyone must hear his words of warning or catastrophe will come. To help his people understand, Jesus tells a story about a king inviting everyone to the wedding banquet of his son. But those invited do not come and suffer the consequences of their rejection. Will the people of Israel get the point?
The Hypocrites, the Widow, and the End - HW005
The conflict between Jesus and the religious rulers was coming to a climax. Throughout his ministry the rulers had followed him, questioned him, and tested him. Now, Jesus brought the challenge to them in the temple.
The Wise and Foolish Virgins - HW006
Jesus and his disciples were on the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem. They were looking over the great city and the activities in the Temple and thinking about the past week. Jesus was also telling them about the coming judgment upon the city for its refusal to heed the ways of God and in those statements he told the famous story of the wise and foolish virgins.
A Night Different from All Other Nights - HW007
It was Thursday of Jesus' final week and danger was in the air. For four days Jesus had taught openly in the Temple. Now he was alone with his disicples sharing a Passover meal and telling them they were to remember something very different from their deliverance from Egypt, they must remember him and the sacrifice he would offer for the world.
Final Night, Final Words - HW008
Jesus, in the upper room with his disciples and en route to the Garden of Gethsemane gives final instructions to his disciples before his death on the cross. He tells them about prayer, about the coming of the Spirit, and about the sufferings they would face as his followers.
The Garden of Grief - HW009
Jesus is in agony in the garden as the cross looms before him. Judas is betraying him to the high priests, the priests are gathering forces to arrest him, and the disciples are asleep in this moment of Jesus' greatest need.
Crucify Him! - HW010
One disciple betrayed him, another denied he even knew him, the others ran for their lives leaving Jesus alone in his hour of greatest need as he faced the wrath and power of the religious and political authorities in the land.
It is Finished - HW011
Many people have said that a person's last words are revealing because they show what has been most important for that person throughout life. What would Jesus say as he hung on the cross dying? What would Jesus say from his cross of pain?
Early One Morning - HW012
The might of the Roman empire stands in front of the tomb of Jesus which is sealed with a Roman seal. It is the third day since his death. The disciples are in hiding and the women are headed to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices. All seems lost until, early on the third day, God stepped in.
Beyond All Joy - HW013
The women have reported that Jesus has risen but the men are slow to believe until Jesus appears to them. Peter, the two on the road to Emmaus, the disciples, Thomas, all encounter the resurrected Jesus and their lives are changed.
Enthroned at the Right Hand of God - HW014
For forty days Jesus met with his people, comforted their sorrows, instructed them in the kingdom of God and prepared them for the mission ahead to be a witness to the nations. Then he ascended into heaven and was enthroned as Lord of all at God's right hand as the disciples go back to Jerusalem and wait for the gift of the Spirit of God.