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The Entry

The Entry

The Triumphal Entry is the “Introduction.” We are introduced to the main characters (Jesus, his disciples); and the location (Jerusalem). We also learn some valuable information about the characters, namely that Jesus is in charge, and that he is the promised...

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The Temple

The Temple

After entering Jerusalem, Jesus witnesses something that angers him. The house of God, the place where his father is supposed to be worshiped, has been turned into a marketplace of cheating and corruption. In his righteous anger, he overturns their tables and seats...

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The Plot

The Plot

Jesus is in Jerusalem, the holy city. He’s already cleansed the temple and upset the religious leaders, who are now intentionally plotting to kill him. Now, as the pressure is mounting, Jesus begins to speak in parables, which are short stories with a spiritual...

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The Garden

The Garden

Every good story has a moment of decision. This moment is when the main character must make a choice, a choice that will affect the rest of the story. Jesus is now in the Garden of Gethsemane with the anguish of the cross looming just hours away. Jesus is wrestling...

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

The plot is thickening. Jesus is facing more and more affliction and difficulty. One of his disciples, Judas, who had been with Jesus for years, had listened to his teaching, and had witnessed his miracles, is now acting on his decision to betray Jesus. However, we...

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The Cross

The Cross

This is the climax. Jesus has made his decision, and he now dies the substitutionary death for sinners on the cross. This is the part of the story where everybody is on edge. As Jesus is hanging on the cross, we the readers are hanging on every word. What is going...

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The Silence

The Silence

This is the false ending. Every good story has a moment directly after the climax when the reader thinks the story is over. Yet, it’s not. Jesus has died. His body is removed from the cross and buried in a tomb. All of the hope that came with Jesus’ first coming is...

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The Victory

The Victory

This is the victory. This is the real ending. This is the moment when everything makes sense. The resolution. Jesus has risen from the dead! He is alive! He has defeated sin and death by rising from the dead and providing new and eternal life for his followers....