75~More About “Whispering Hope”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Matthew 28:7-10 – Go quickly and tell his followers: ‘Jesus has been raised from death! Listen, he will go ahead of you to the land of Galilee. You will see him there.’ Remember, I told you.” 8The women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, yet very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers. 9Suddenly, Jesus met them. He said, “Greetings!” They went to him, held onto his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go, tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee. They will see me there.”
  • Mark 16:7-11 – Now, go tell his followers that he will go ahead of you to the land of Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you. Tell Peter, too.” 8The women left the tomb. They ran away. They were trembling. They were shocked. They didn’t say anything to anyone, because they were afraid. 9When Jesus came back to life early Sunday morning, he appeared first to Mary (the one from Magdala; Jesus had forced seven demons to leave her.). 10Jesus’ friends were crying; they were so sad. She went and told them. 11When they heard that Jesus was alive and that he had been seen by Mary, they didn’t believe it.
  • Luke 6:12-16 [Three years earlier] – At that time, Jesus went out to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night long, praying to God. 13When morning came, Jesus called his followers and chose twelve of them. He named them “apostles.” They were: 14Simon (Jesus named him Peter.); Andrew (Peter’s brother); James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; 15Matthew; Thomas; James (the son of Halphaeus); Simon (He was named “The Revolutionary”.);b 16Judas (the son of James); and Judas Iscariot (the one who turned against Jesus).
  • Mathew 26:69-75 – Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him. She said, “You, too, were with Jesus, the one from Galilee!” 70But, in front of everyone, Peter said that this was not true. He said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71Later, Peter went out to the gate. Another girl saw him. She said to the men there, “This man was with Jesus from Nazareth!” 72Again, Peter denied it. This time he said, “I swear, I don’t know the man!” 73After a little while, the men who were standing there came to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of Jesus’ group! It is obvious that you speak with a Galilean accent!” 74Peter began to curse and swear, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately the rooster crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the statement that Jesus had made: “Before the rooster crows, you will say, three different times, that you don’t even know me!” Peter went outside and cried bitterly.
  • In the Bible, Mark 2:14f says Levi, renamed Matthew, was the son of Alphaeus.  Mark 3:18 says James was the son of Alphaeus.  Mark 15:47 says Mary was the mother of James and Joses (Joseph).  John 19:25 says this same Mary was the wife of Clopas.  Luke 24:18 says Cleophas was one of the two men to whom Jesus appeared.  [NOTE:  Alphaeus is the Hebrew pronunciation (used in the book of Mark), Clopas the Aramaic pronunciation (used in the book of John), and Cleophas is the Greek pronunciation (used in the book of Luke; Luke was a Grecian physician).]
  • Mark 2:14-15 – As Jesus was walking along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Then Levi got up and followed him. 15While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinful people joined Jesus and his followers for dinner. Many of them were beginning to follow Jesus, too. 
  • Mark 3:18 – Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James (the son of Halphaeus); Thaddaeus; Simon the Revolutionary;c 
  • Mark 15:47 – Mary (the one from the town of Magdala) and Mary (the mother of Joses) were watching where the body was placed.
  • John 19:25 – Jesus’ mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary from the town of Magdala stood near the cross. 
  • Luke 24:18 – The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only man in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has just happened there!”
  • John 20:19 – It was late that same Sunday. The doors were locked where the followers were gathered. They were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood in the middle of them. He said to them, “Peace be to you!” 
  • Acts 1:26 – Then the apostles gave the two men lotse to pick. God’s choice showed that Matthias was the one. So, he became an apostle like the other eleven apostles.
  • Luke 19:37-40 – Jesus was coming closer to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of Olive Mountain. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited, and they praised God for all the powerful things they had seen. They shouted, 38“Give praise to this king who is coming with the authority of the Lord God! Let there be peace in heaven and glory to God!”c (Psalms 118:2639From the crowd, some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers not to say such things!” 40But Jesus answered, “I am telling you, these things must be said. If my followers don’t say them, then these rocks will shout!”
  • Acts 12:12 – When Peter realized this, he went to Mary’s house. She was the mother of John. (John was also called Mark.) Many people were gathered there; they were all praying. 
  • John 20:24 – Thomas (the one called “The Twin”) was one of the twelve apostles. He was not with them when Jesus came.
  • John 20:19 – It was late that same Sunday. The doors were locked where the followers were gathered. They were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood in the middle of them. He said to them, “Peace be to you!” 
  • Luke 24:32-37 – The eleven apostles and those people who were with them said, “The Lord Jesus has actually come back to life! He appeared to Simon Peter!”35Then the two men gave a report about the things which had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he broke off some of the bread. 36While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself stood among them. He said to them, “Peace to you.” 37They began to be filled with fear. They were terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost. 
  • Matthew 16:21 – From then on, Jesus began to show his followers that he must go away to Jerusalem; that the Jewish elders, the most important priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things; that he would be killed, but on the third day, he would rise from death.
  • Luke 24:38-40 – But Jesus asked them, “Why are you so disturbed!? Why do you doubt what you see!? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is really me! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost doesn’t have a body like this.” 40After Jesus told them this, he showed them the holes in his hands and feet.
  • Luke 24:42-45 – They gave him a piece of cooked fish. 43While they watched, Jesus took it and ate it. 44Jesus said to them, “Do you remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must come true—everything written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms.” 45Then Jesus explained the Scriptures. He helped them to understand the things which had been written about him.
  • Matthew 27:34-35, 45 – They gave Jesus some wine. (A drug for pain was mixed with it.) When he had tasted it, he refused to drink it. 35Then they nailed him to a cross. The soldiers gambled to see who would get Jesus’ clothes…45There was darkness over the whole land from noon until three o’clock in the afternoon. 
  • Matthew 27:38 – Along with Jesus, two criminals were nailed to crosses. One was on his right. The other was on his left. 
  • Matthew 26:14-15 – Then one of the twelve apostles, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the most important priests. 15He said, “If I were to hand Jesus over to you, what would you pay me?” They agreed with him on the price—30 silver coins.c 
  • John 20:22 – After Jesus said this, he breathed on thema and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit! 
  • The word translated “breathed” is also used later of Paul when he breathed (“empneo”) threatenings and threats of execution on all Christians (see Acts of the Apostles, 9:1).
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Genesis 3:15 [PREDICTED ABOUT 4000 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – I will put hostility between you and the woman, between your children and her child.k Although her child will crush your head, you will bite his heel.”l
  • Psalm 16:10 [PREDICTED 1000 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – This is because You will not leave me in the grave.You will not allow Your Holy Oneh to experiencei corruption.j
  • Psalm 22:18 [PREDICTED 1000 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – They divided my clothes among them,and they gambled for my clothing.p
  • Psalm 69:21, 23, 26 [PREDICTED 1000 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Rescue me from the lion’s mouth. Deliver me from the horns of the wild bull…23Praise Yahweh, all you who revere Him. All you descendants of Jacob, honor Him! Revere Him, all you descendants of Israel!s…26Poor people will eat until they are satisfied.Those who look to Yahweh will praise Him. May your hearts live forever!
  • Jeremiah 30:9 [PREDICTED 400 YEARS AFTER DAVID DIED, AND 585 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Instead, My people will serve Yahweh, their God. And, they will serve David,h their king.I will send that king to them.j
  • Isaiah 53:12 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – For this reason, I will honor him as a great man.fff He will share in all thingsggg with those who are strong.hhhHe willingly gave his life.iii Yet he was treated like a criminal.jjj But he carried away the sins of many people.kkk And, he interceded for those who had rebelled.”lll
  • Zechariah 11:13 [PREDICTED 500 YEARS BEFORE JESUS]

OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THS EPISODE

 

 SPECIAL CHARACTERS WHO APPEAR IN OTHER EPISODES

Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Torch Flight”

Season 1, Dream Maker, “Odyssey of Truth”

Season 1, Dream Maker, “God Eyes”

Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Cloud Burst”

Season 2, Hearts Afire, “The Traitor”

Season 4, Flood Gates, “Thunder Road”

Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Desert of Sighs”