John the Baptist was the forerunner to Jesus who led an extraordinary life. But Jesus was to be more unique than even John the Baptist. The events leading up to Jesus ministry contribute to the uniqueness of Jesus as well. The Holy Spirit’s role in Jesus is an interesting interaction to examine; it is similar in comparison to our own lives too. The Gospel writers agreed that the Holy Spirit worked through Jesus to accomplish many miracles.
The idea that Jesus was both God and human in nature is impossible to completely understand, but it is vital to the validity of the message Jesus preached during his time as a human being on earth. Without the incarnation and redemption, Christianity is not much different than any of the other religions whose followers have little hope or assurance for the future.
Christianity wouldn't have lasted this long, without the belief of being resurrected, resurrection also proves that Jesus is/was the Son of God, again which proves that God had the power to raise his son from death. If evil has been defeated, they must have asked, 'Why are we suffering instead of being rewarded for our faithfulness?' one of marks aims was to provide reassurance in the face of this question. He made it clear that Jesus felt he had been abandoned. "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?"
They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel. Mark does include what it means to be a disciple in his gospel, particularly, why Jesus chose disciples to be with him. When Jesus sends out the apostles for missionary work, he gives them three things that they must do. They must preach repentance, cast out devils, and anoint the sick. The preaching of repentance was particularly important for the disciples as they were to spread the good news which was that if one does truly repent, then they will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.
“Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27) is one of the most fundamental questions that Jesus asked his disciples. It is a question, from my personal viewpoint, that has a simple answer. Jesus is Lord! Needless to say, there is more to the identity of Jesus, but it is my belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Holy Trinity. He is the promised Savior foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets.
Explaining His mission to the listeners he requires them to adjust and raise their expectations of Messiah . Jesus is much more than they had anticipated and God's mean of deliverance is through death. Jesus knew that He was misunderstood as Messiah and corrected their view in the gospel of Mark. Mark 8:34 is the only time on the Gospel when Jesus calls the crowd together with disciples because his message is of very high importance. The price for discipleship is a complete denial of yourself in the name of God .
This is true of Peter as well. When Peter sees that the Holy Spirit has fallen on Cornelius and his household he commands that they be baptized right away (Acts 10:48). The jailer and his household (Acts 16:33) , Lydia and her household (Acts 16:15), the Samaritans (Acts 8:12), the Ephesians (Acts 19:5), and the 3000 converts of Pentecost (Acts 2:41) were all baptized immediately following belief in Christ. An urgency to baptize new believers does not negate the fact that baptism is a profession of faith, it simply suggests that there may be more to it than
It was there with God from the beginning. Everything came to be by means of it” (John 1:1-3). Mark’s portrait of Jesus as a servant originates from the middle of the first century, Mark wrote his gospel during this time of persecution because the people being oppressed lacked faith that God would provide for them. Mark gives them the model of Jesus as a man submissive to the Lord so that they can receive salvation if they remain faithful to the servant of God. Mark stresses that Jesus is a suffering Messiah with the passage concerning Jesus praying to God that “Abba(Father), all things are po... ... middle of paper ... ...s is that Mark aimed to capture Jesus actually serving, so any background information related to his development was extraneous.
Through his letter, 1 Corinthians, Paul conveys the essence of Christianity; he emphasizes on important beliefs and Jesus Christ so that people may go on to living an eternal life. Before understanding the message of Paul, it is quite necessary to understand who Paul was. At first, Paul was a Jew and was on his way to persecute Christians. On his way, he had a vision of Jesus after resurrection. This completely changed Paul and he put his faith in Jesus Christ.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1; 1, King James Version). The word of God is all powerful when he spoke things happened, one word from our master and mountains would move. The birth of Jesus was a prophecy that came to pass so this lets me know that this was foreseen as an act of love from our Lord and savior. Jesus giving of himself to save the soul and sins of man shows unconditional love that no one can compare to. God’s purpose impacts my worldview because of the lessons he taught, the miracles he performed, and the death and resurrection he faced.