Teaching Helps for Come Follow Me – Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19

Here are some ideas for learning and teaching a few of the great principles in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19. And while you’re here, I recommend you check out my free online course, “Seeking Jesus.”

Seeking Jesus–My Best Resource on These Chapters

As you might know, I spent years studying these chapters while working on my book, Considering the Cross. I’ve distilled some of the key points I learned into two “Seeking Jesus” videos. I highly encourage you to watch both of them (I get it, I’m biased!):

Seeking Jesus, Class 19: Christ before Caiaphas and Pilate (and here’s the Podcast version)

Seeking Jesus, Class 20: The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (and here’s the Podcast version)

Short Clips from Seeking Jesus

I’ve pulled out several short clips from the “Seeking Jesus Course” connected to this week’s readings that you could use as a morning devotional or spiritual thought.

Access the complete list here.

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Ideas for Learning More About Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19

***A Whole Site on This Topic***

I’ve created numerous podcasts and videos on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is the subject of these chapters. I’ve included links to all these resources here.

***A Synopsis Study***

A powerful way to know Jesus Christ and understand his Atonement more deeply is to study carefully his life. One such approach is called a synopsis, which entails a side-by-side reading of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), looking for similarities and differences in the accounts. A careful study of key events in the Savior’s life, such as his baptism, the last supper, his experiences in Gethsemane, his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection can help us know him and increase our peace.

I’ve found this is a particularly helpful study approach for learning more about Christ’s Crucifixion. Here is a list of documents that you can use to do your own side-by-side study. For your convenience, I’ve included with both the KJV and NRSV Bible translations (why two translations?), in both Word and PDF documents. Enjoy!

Crucifixion Synopsis – KJV (WORD)

Crucifixion Synopsis – KJV (PDF)

Crucifixion Synopsis – NRSV (WORD)

Crucifixion Synopsis – NRSV (PDF)

Handouts for synopsis studies in other areas (e.g., Christ’s Baptism, Resurrection, and more) are found here.

And if you’d like to try a “video synopsis” I’ve created video clips that have back-to-back videos of everything Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote about Christ’s trial before Pilate, as well as his Crucifixion.

All Four Gospel Accounts of Christ’s Trial Before Pilate (Using Lumos Videos)

All Four Gospel Accounts of Christ’s Crucifixion (Using Lumos Videos)


I hope these resources are helpful to you in your learning and teaching this week!

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