Topic 003 – How Long was the Ministry of Jesus?

There have been many estimates of how long Jesus’ Earthly ministry was. Some say it was three years. Most say three and one half. Today Tok will explain why both are likely wrong, and gives us insights into the most likely answer – how long was the ministry of Jesus: four years!

Scripture references:

  • Exodus 12:3-6 NKJV – [3] “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb,… [6] ‘Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
  • Luke 13:6-9 NKJV – [6] He also spoke this parable: “A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. [7] “Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ [8] “But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize [it]. [9] ‘And if it bears fruit, [well]. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ “
  • Mark 11:12-21 NKJV – [12] Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. [13] And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. [14] In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard [it]. … [19] When evening had come, He went out of the city. [20] Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. [21] And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

Topic 002 – Christian Cliches, and is Jesus God?

In this topic Tok discusses his concern with Christian use of man-made phrases (Christian cliches), such as “Once Saved, Always Saved.” After addressing that, Tok moves on to another common phrase – “Jesus is 100% man and 100% God.”

If Jesus is God on Earth, did He perform His miracles in the power of “I AM?” And if that’s so, how does Jesus expect us to do even greater works than His?

Bible verses referenced in this segment:

  • John 8:58-59 NKJV – [58] Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” [59] Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
  • 1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV – [16] And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
  • John 14:12 NKJV – [12] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
  • Ephesians 6:12 NKJV – [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].
  • Acts 1:1 NKJV – [1] The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

Interestingly, you will hear Tok (in his recounting of his prayers to God) describe God referring to Tok as “Shorty.” This is God’s endearing term for Tok.