Pastor Chuck Swindoll explains the spectacular, often-overlooked events in Matthew 27:51–66 as he teaches how God provides His people with hope in dark times.
One thing quickly becomes apparent to anyone who reads the gospels, the pages of Scripture that contain Jesus' words and actions: no one who heard His words failed to react. Some who listened shook their fists at Him. Others marvelled at a depth of wisdom they'd never heard before. And some believed His words, choosing to follow Him. Whatever the reaction, no one left His presence unaffected by the encounter.
Jesus easily stands as the most influential person in history. Even today, millions call Him Saviour. Why? What was it about His short time on earth that shook the world so? What did He say to grab people's hearts the way He did? Why do so many believe in Him as the Son of God?
Embark on an eye-opening journey into the life and times of this carpenter from Nazareth. Just don't expect to be unstirred after your encounter with Jesus.
The final hours of Jesus’ life were about as excruciating as anyone can endure. Matthew 27:27–50 shows how He suffered violent scourging, incessant mocking, and hours of unimaginable pain hanging on the cross until He finally offered His last breath.
Matthew 27:11–26 tells of a rather strange group at the fourth trial: Jesus the innocent captive, Pilate the vacillating judge, Barabbas the notorious prisoner, and Mrs. Pilate the judge’s wife.
In Matthew 27:1–10, we see how shame consumed Judas, leading him to take his own life. Join Pastor Chuck Swindoll as he explains this difficult passage and warns of the dangers of secret sins.
Pastor Chuck Swindoll guides us through the tense passage of Matthew 26:57–75 to reveal another who was on trial: Peter. Listen in and do some self-reflection to consider how we, too, might be on trial today.
While Jesus may have been the Son of God, He still possessed a fully human nature. We see this humanity on full display in Matthew 26:31–56 as Jesus prepared Himself for His fate.
The 12 disciples shared many special moments with their Master like personally experiencing miracles and receiving private lessons on the kingdom of heaven. However, few of these instances were more intimate than the Last Supper found in Matthew 26:17–30.
Matthew 26:1–16 sets the stage for the final act of this gospel account. Each event preserved in this passage moves us one step closer to Jesus’ horrific crucifixion.
At one time, I assumed that “victory in Christ”—or living a victorious Christian life in the middle of our sinful, messed-up world—meant having victory in my own life, as I chose to define it.
It’s easy to look at the events going on around the world today and think, It can’t get much worse than this. In fact, it can and, according to Jesus, it will. He unveiled this harsh reality to His disciples in Matthew 24:15–28.