12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 11-12, King James Version). This lesson sticks with me because knowing even if people mistreat me, or talk about me, I can keep my head held high because my father in heaven will comfort me with his love and grace. The lessons in the book of Luke (15-31, King James Version) Jesus uses stories to explain how people may stray away, but how we as Christians should either bring or welcome them back. Today’s society forgets these lessons and sees their fellow men as nuisances as back then. Therefore Jesus had to perform miracles for people to see what he said was real.
Jesus came down to Earth from heaven even though he did not have to and died for every single person’s sins. The Gospel deepens our Christian faith and life in numerous ways. The Gospel offers instruction on how to live righteously, guides us to who we are destined to be, gives us teaching on how we can share Christ with others, and teaches us to pray and grow our relationship with Christ. In NT Wrights explanation of what is the Gospel, he explains that the world and culture is constantly changing. He is saying in order to understand the truths of the world; we must personally go seek for them.
This is without a doubt the greatest display of humility and love in the history of the world. Christ’s example of humility can give us the strength to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit when we have fallen short, because we know that He has felt of our heartache and understands how difficult it is to seek forgiveness. As we strive to continually humble ourselves before Christ, He can use the Atonement not only to cleanse us from sin but to also to turn our weaknesses into strengths as we progress towards eternal life with our
God also asks all of his followers to forgive other because he has forgiven them. With the immense amount of grace that He has it’s hard to not obey him. God has so much power and is so strong that Christians are to obey him and his will. Christians fear the Lord not out of sacredness but instead out of awe of his almighty power and mercy. Although forgiving for selfish reasons do have benefits, it isn’t the right way to approach the situation of forgiveness.
However, when searching scripture, one can find what He wanted most of all from us. “Love the Lord your God with all your heat and with all your soul and with all your mind; this is the great and foremost commandment. The second one is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22.37-39). His life and ministry was first for His father’s will to die for the forgiveness of sin for all of humanity; allowing direct access to God through Jesus Christ. Secondly was an example of how we are to become.
Generally, Marks Gospel teaches that discipleship is not a social status. It is not intended for a life of prestige and power but of humble service. Throughout the gospel, the disciples are shown to be imperfect, misunderstanding, and occasionally foolish. Discipleship is not shown in glory, and so the acceptance of it becomes an even more noble act aswell as reassuring modern day Christians that imperfection is forgivable and that even Peter, who denied Jesus, could go on to live the ideal life of a disciple, and now holds significant status in the Christian Church.
According to Gockel, “from a Christian perspective, evil is something God has overcome through good” (2009, p.97). Those who believe in God, know that questioning Him is wrong because it means that they do not believe in the goodness of God. People who trust the Lord know his goodness, that He will rescue and heal them from all evil. Also, believers trust in God’s power in difficult times because He hears them throughout the prayers. God can be trusted as he has proven his love in many ways.
The second is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Everywhere that the Messiah went he preached about love. He was accepting and opens his arms to all. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is significant to Christians because through it mankind is save; “the resurrection establishes Jesus’ lordship and deity, as well as guaranteeing the salvation of sinners…the
For mouth speaks what the heart is full of." The passage teaches us mainly about looking for the good in all, not for evil. We should look for positive thought in all, not for negative thoughts. Jesus always seeks goodness in all of us. Respect Others (Luke 14:11): "For everyone who makes himself great will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be great."
Jesus explained and described to people the Heavens. Jesus taught others how to love others along with loving yourself as well.The most important message Jesus wished to get across was to live by God’s words. He explains to everyone that these are the rules in which God wants us to live by, but don’t be mistaken, he understands we are not perfect, he understands we will make mistakes, but please, ask for his forgiveness, celebrate the festivities of Yom Kippur and Lent, show God that you truly are sorry for the potential sins you may have committed, but most of all, love one another and love the one and only God. He explains in a way in which I translated, that everyday God watches us, everyday he may judge us, but not necessarily in a bad way. Jesus simply wants us to fulfill God 's laws, love him and ourselves and respect one another, but to be weary.