As these deal with Jesus’ character such as his role as a teacher and his explanations of the message of God many find viewing images of Jesus as the easiest way of interpreting Jesus and his message. However Bultmann is greatly criticized for his views on Christology by Christologists today. One such person is (Strecker, 2000) who argues that the image of Jesus developed is in the religious content of Judaism Jesus spoke of the coming of the kingdom of God and explained it in a way that was relevant to the time of his teaching. This supporting that Jesus’ teaching was an integral part of his life and vital to the spreading of the message of the Kingdom of
Although the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is an ancient story that is foreseeably written for a largely agrarian society with subjugated people, it has many important messages that are relevant to people in the 21st century. For instance, in the first chapter Mark elucidates upon the importance of John the Baptist. In particular, John the Baptist is described as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’” (Mk 1:3). Within the first three verses Mark characterizes John the Baptist as God’s “messenger” (Mk 1:2) whose purpose is to prepare people for God’s arrival in the form of Jesus (Pagola 81).
Matthew begins with “The Genealogy of Jesus”. Similarly Luke’s Gospel contains Jesus’ Genealogy as well. But, unlike Matthew, Luke includes the genealogy in the third chapter of Luke’s Gospel. The Genealogy is perhaps more important to Matthew because it serves as evidence of who Jesus is and why he would be significant. The genealogy is specifically placed before any of the miracle events.
Therefore after Jesus’ birth the family moves to Egypt, running from king Herod. When they finally return they go to Nazareth instead of Jerusalem. It is obvious that in Matthew’s Gospel the family avoids Jerusalem and Jesus’s birth isn’t celebrated in the same way as Luke explains in Luke’s Gospel. This goes along with the difference in the themes of each Gospel. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is recognized publicly and the feel of the event is happy and joyful.
The Passion of Christ Passion here points to the endurance and the suffering of Christ and his crucifixion. The Passion of Christ is used to point to from the prayer of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross (Mathew 26:36-27:56, Mark 14:32–15:14, Luke 22:39–23:49, and John 18:1–19:37). This time was the peak of Jesus ' suffering. The scriptures are full of the stories that speak of the endurance of Christ in a cruel world. His crucifixion forms the peak of the hope of human history and the point of focus in the new testament gospel, where the use it as the main theme of their preaching.
In all three gospels, Jesus is a teacher who provides advice on spirituality and accepting God’s will. He chose twelve disciples to whom he gives special parables; meant to teach them. Jesus is a miracle maker who heals the ill and fights off the Devil’s temptations. In the Old Testament, he is the Messiah and tells the good grace in Galilee and Judea. Finally, in all three, Jesus partakes in the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas, and deserted by Peter while in captivity and is crucified, only to be resurrected.
Both book had very few things in commons and there is a difference between the two. The question is why are these two books different from each other? The summary of Matthew states that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, where his parents are then visited by some wise men who then bear gifts. The wise men followed a star that was rising and then stopped over the place where Jesus was. King Herod the Great heard rumors of a baby named Jesus who is announced the “king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2).
However, Wright argues that this is not truly the end of the story. He says, “Matthew, for his part, ends his gospel with Jesus sending his followers out on a mission, secure in the knowledge that he was already enthroned as the world’s rightful Lord” (121). The rest of the story is all that happens after the Great
One of the most important evidence for this is the transformation of the disciples. Before and after the crucifixion the disciples were timid and fearful, they were terrified of being killed but something changed and that was the appearance of Jesus bodily risen from the dead. The moment they saw Jesus again they were all transformed because they knew the truth. They finally understood that Jesus was God incarnate and that he saves people from sin. That is why all the disciples had a radical change and became bold witnesses to everything they had seen, even to the point of dying for their beliefs.
Jesus’ ministry was public so many people saw what he did and what he was about. The Gospel of Luke really highlights Jesus’ compassion towards the “outcast” of Israel, and forgiveness towards those who did not deserve it. I love that the Gospel of Luke shows that Jesus did not care about money or the “class” of people, but that he just cared for people for who they were, it was kind of his focus in his ministry. It is reassuring to know that when Jesus was physically on earth, it was a class-conscious society, like the world now so the Gospel of Luke is very insightful and inspiring in that aspect. Luke also talks about the discipleship Jesus taught, His death on the cross, and His