BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Matthew 26:3 – Then the most important priests and the Jewish elders of the people gathered together at the high priest’s house. His name was Caiaphas.
- John 18:13, 15-16 – They brought him first to Hannas who was Caiaphas’ father-in-law. Caiaphas was the high priest that year.b …15Simon Peter and another follower went along behind Jesus, but the high priest knew the other follower. This man went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. 16Peter stood outside at the gate. The other follower, the one known to the high priest, went outside and told the gatekeeper to let Peter come in.
- Luke 5:10 – James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!”
- Matthew 4:13 – After leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee, in the Zebulun and Naphtali area.
- Mark 3:13, 17
- Matthew 10:1 – Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness.
- John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life! The only way anyone can come to the Father is through me!
- John 8:12 – Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, “I am the Light for the people of the world. The person who follows me will never walk in the darkness. Instead, he will have the living Light.”
- Luke 9:49-55 – John answered, “Teacher, we saw someone who was throwing demons out by using your name. We kept telling him to stop, because he is not one of your followers, as we are.” 50Jesus said to him, “Don’t stop him, because if someone is not against you, he is for you.” 51The time was coming near when Jesus would leave and go back up to heaven. He traveled toward Jerusalem. 52Jesus sent some messengers ahead of him. The men went into a village in Samaria to make everything ready for Jesus. 53But the people there would not welcome him, because he was heading toward Jerusalem. 54James and John, the followers of Jesus, saw this. They asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and burn up these people!?”e 55But Jesus turned and reprimanded them.f
- John 13:23 – One of his followers, the one whom Jesus loved,b was sitting very close to Jesus.
- Acts 12:1-2 – During that same time, King Herod Agrippa I began to persecute some of the congregation. 2He ordered that James be killed with a sword. (James was the brother of John.)
- Galatians 2:9 – 9I said this before; I am saying it again: If anybody preaches a “gospel” to you that is different from what you received, let that person be condemned!b John wrote one of the four extant lives of Christ, John, three letters to churches, and a fourth one also called the book of Revelation about heaven and hell and surviving persecution.
- John 1:1,14 – He was with God in the beginning…14The Word became human and lived among us for a while. We saw his glory, the kind of glory like that of the Father’s one and onlyc Son—full of gracious love and truth.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Numbers 4:2-3 – “Count the Kohathites among the Levites. Count them by their clans and by their family groups. 3Count the men from 30a to 50 years old. They will all support the work of the Meeting Tent.
- Daniel 9:25 [PREDICTED 530 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – “ ‘Learn and understand these things. A command will go forth to rebuild and restore Jerusalem.ff The time from this command,gg until when the Princehh anointed by Godii comes, will be 49 yearsjj and 434 years.kk Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streetsll and defenses around it.mm However, it will be built in a time of trouble.nn
- Micah 5:2 [PREDICTED 735 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – But you, O Bethlehem-Ephrathah,e though you are the least important among the leading towns of Judah,fa Leader will come out of you, O Bethlehem!g He will become the Ruler over Israel for Me.h His comings forth have been from of oldi —from the days of eternity.”
- ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK. 18, 2:2 – After [high priest] Coponius, came Annius Rufus…under whom died Caesar….Joseph Caiaphus was made his successor…When [prefect] Gratus had done those things…Pontius Pilate came as his successor.
- WARS OF THE JEWS, Bk. 6; 3:3-5; 4:1-8; 51-2; 9:3 – Now, round about the altar lay dead bodies heaped one upon another; as at the steps going up to it ran a great quantity of their blood, whither also the dead bodies that were slain above fell down….thus was the holy house burned down….The flame was also carried a long way, and made an echo….terrible noise….[Jews] throw themselves into the fire and were burnt together with the holy house…Now the number of those that were carried captive…ninety-seven thousand, as was the number of those that perished eleven hundred thousand.
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
- EUSEBIUS’ ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, Ch. 9 – “Of this James, Clement [a friend of Peter and Paul] adds in the seventh book of his Institutions, evidently recording it according to the tradition…the man who led him to the judgment seat, seeing him bearing his testimony to the faith, and moved by the fact, confessed himself a Christian. Both therefore were led away to die….then both were beheaded at the same time.”
- APOSTLE JOHN – From Ephesus he was ordered to be sent to Rome where it is affirmed he was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil. He escaped by miracle without injury. Domition afterwards banished him to the Isle of Patmos. Nerva, the successor of Domitian, recalled him.
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 8, Star Song, “Lost In Wonder”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “God Eyes”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hand of God” B
Season 3, Folk Hero, Desperation Point”
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Unlikely Crew”
Season 5, Promise Keeper, “Day Extraordinaire”
Season 5, Promise Keeper, “Citadel of Shadows”
Season 5, Promise Keeper, “Power in the Breaking”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Torch Flight”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Victorious Dying”
Season 7, Come Fly With Me, “Son Rise”