At the very beginning of the gospels the authors make their representation of Jesus known to the reader, but they rely upon different methods. Mark focuses on Jesus’ role as a servant is apparent as he quotes the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my messenger, whom I send on ahead of you!” (Mark 1:2) This is a rather simple statement, and the use of the word “messenger” connotes a sense of being under another’s command; Jesus is seen as an intermediary between God and man. John’s introduction to Jesus is much more majestic and poetic, devoting many verses to explaining his divine relationship with God: “In the beginning there was the divine word and wisdom. The divine word and wisdom was there with God, and it was what God was. It was there with God from the beginning.
The revelation that God concealed the plan of salvation in the Law and the Prophets until the right time for it to be reveled is one of the many treasures of studying the Old Test... ... middle of paper ... ...ent book except Revelation.” In order to show his readers that Jesus was the Christ, he went into the Old Testament writings of Isaiah, Deuteronomy and several other Prophets. Of the thirty nine books that make up the Old Testament the book of “Isaiah is crucial to understanding the person and work of Christ.” Isaiah takes you to the prophecy’s concerning the birth of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6) and His death on the cross (Isaiah 58). The way the early followers of Christ examined and applied scriptures of the Old Testament to their faith, so should be example to the modern Theologian. The Jewish people had been expecting a Messiah and knew about the prophecy that was written in their sacred text. Therefore, the authors of the New Testament were inspired by God to guide the people back to the Old Testament to understand that they were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
The pharaoh’s daughter approves her offer, so she went to get h... ... middle of paper ... ...gave sermons about the closeness of God's Final Judgment. He asked people to repent for their sins and he baptized those who apologized in self-preparation for “judgement day”. According to the Scriptures, John was the only person who recognized Jesus as the Messiah of the people. At about the age of thirt John started to preach on the banks of the river Jordan. He preached against the evils of the time and attracted men to penance and baptism.
The evangelist had the final say as to how he would portray Jesus in his story. This was especially true in Mark’s gospel. Being the first one to recount the ministry of Jesus, he was not influenced by other well known accounts. Thus, the understanding that Mark has is seen through the approach that he took to write his gospel, which include both Jesus’ character traits as well as the meaning behind his ministry. When studying the way that Mark wrote the gospel, it can be seen how he perceives Jesus.
The Book of Acts emphasizes the importance of obedience to God’s Word and the transformation that occurs as a result of knowing Christ. There are also many references to those that rejected the truth that the disciples preached about in Jesus Christ. Power, greed, and many other vices of the devil or evidenced in the book of Acts. Acts 1:8 serves as a good summary of the Book of Acts. Acts records the apostles being Christ's witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the rest of the surrounding world.
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.
This book also includes Paul and his missionary journeys which includes preachi... ... middle of paper ... ...evelation The book of Revelation is of an apocalyptic genre. The key themes of this book are that is greater than any power, the symbolism in the Jesus Christ dying for our salvation, keeping Christians encouraged to live faithful to the Lord, that there will be a judgment day which will put an end to evil, and by keeping faith in God will give you everlasting life. John is the author of this book. He is engulfed with prophetic visions of expressing the rights and wrongs of the church, emphasizing the need to repent before judgment day when Jesus comes back to Earth. Paul also explains what will exactly happen when judgment day arrives.
This bible passage focuses on what Peter says, “You are the messiah.” The disciples were listing names that they had apprehended others say, but they do realise that Jesus is extremely significant to the viewer’s lives, hence Peter’s reply. This bible passage is presented in the ‘Who do you say I am?’ portrait in four different panels. Each of the four boxes at the bottom of the portrait depict each perspective of what the disciples said they had heard from other people of how they see Jesus: John the Baptist, Elijah, One of the Prophets and the Messiah. Through God’s direction, John the Baptist tested the preparation of the people for the imminent coming of the Messiah. This was done by being turned away from sin and being baptized as a symbol of repentance.
The most important historical fact of Christianity is the life of Jesus, the prophet that the faith of Christians is centered around. The historical Jesus grew up in Nazareth where John the Baptist baptized him, thus beginning his career as a teacher and healer of God. Little is known about where Jesus came from or what he looks like, only his personality through actions and words. Like most prophets, Jesus looked to the spiritual world to find answers to remove the suffering; John was the prophet to open Jesus’ eyes to heaven, leading him into a state solitude until he became empowered by the Spirit. The actions that speak for his personality are of power to heal sickness, cast away evil, and perform miracles, all that the prophets gave credit to Jesus, but this what not the focus of his ministry.
Translated into “good news,” the Gospels are accounts of Jesus’ journey through life and death, and their collective purpose is to express the arrival of the kingdom of God through the birth of Jesus. Even though people may still express skepticism regarding the validity of Jesus’ life, the fact still remains that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were all written for a purpose. While each of the Gospels encompass similarities and differences, they are united with the common desire to share the miraculous story of Jesus and His coming kingdom to all nations of the world. Although the Gospel of Mark is presented second in the New Testament, scholars typically agree it was the first Gospel written; therefore, it set an example for other writers. Throughout the other two Synoptic Gospels, Matthew and Luke, influences of Mark are easily recognized in wording, structure, and the sequence of narrative events.