The word gospel originally was defined by the Christian message itself–the truth that Jesus is the son of God, fully human yet fully God, was born on earth by a virgin, spent the last three years of His life on earth sharing who His is with others, and then gave Himself , though faultless, as a sacrifice for all sin so that believers may receive salvation and spend eternity in heaven.
Over time, gospel came to be used for the books in which the story of salvation through Jesus is written: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of the four gospels are written by a different author, and are originally directed at different audiences. Though the tone and setting of each book differ, their main purpose is clear throughout–to explain in their own style without a doubt the purpose of Jesus on earth.
There are many courageous and faithful men and women in the Bible. Their stories show dedication and love for God. While some rose from commonness to power, most remained as everyday people choosing to follow the One true God, one day at a time.
There is one man, in his last hours on earth, who became a follower of Jesus. Blessings!
These are just a sampling of people who simply believed in all of God’s goodness and faithfulness, then in their own way shared His truth with others. Their personal stories are an inspiration to us all.
In the Old Testament, the job of prophets was to pass on God’s message to the people. The prophets did not speak their word; God’s word was spoken through them. They revealed who God was, and what He planned to do. Some did preform miracles.
Then things changed in the New Testament, as described to us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It’s from the gospel of John that we learn when Jesus arrived, He was the Word:Continue reading →
From the very beginning, John was drawn to Jesus. John is represented in the Gospels as being closer to Jesus than any other disciple. He refers to himself as “the disciple Jesus loved.”
John is the son of Zebedee, both are fisherman. Along the shore of the Sea of Galilee they prepared nets in their boat with John’s brother James. The Bible tells us: Without delay he [Jesus] called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.Mark 1:20Continue reading →