My “90 Days” is flying by! I’m behind in blogging again, because we are just zipping through the New Testament! I love it. I have enjoyed having all the scripture so recent in my memory. It’s been neat to be sitting through a sermon or a class to have a scripture come up, and in my head I think “Oh yeah, I just read that”. Not that it really gives the scripture validity, but it just comes alive, if that makes sense.
To read the gospels having come straight out of the Old Testament books of the Prophets is like a breath of fresh air. The story of Jesus, our Christ and Savior, is so much more exciting to read about than the sins and sufferings of the Israelites.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all tell the story of Jesus. They each tell it in different ways, though, to different audiences. I once learned that:
Matthew tells of the life of Christ for the Jews
Mark tells of the life of Christ for the Romans
Luke tells of the life of Christ for the Greeks
and John tells of the life of Christ for All.
When you take these audiences into account, it’s fascinating to look at the different books and understand why certain emphasis was placed on some stories and characteristics of Christ over others.
When you get down to it, THIS is what being a Christian is all about. For without Christ there would be no Christians. This is where we learn about who Christ was (and is!) — what he thought, what he taught, what he did. It’s the teachings from the Gospels that tell us how we ought to live. Sure, we learn a lot of doctrine and teachings are reinforced in the Epistles, but this — this is where we meet Him. We read about his life, death, and most importantly his resurrection!
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence. 44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:36-48
There is so much to glean from the gospels that cannot be contained in one blog post. I encourage you to read for yourself the wonderful story of Jesus.