The Gospels: Real and Raw

Luke 2:8-10
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Our journey together will focus on the Gospels — the first four books of the New Testament. “Gospel” means “good news.” Just as the angel brought the good news of Jesus to the shepherds, so Matthew, Mark, Luke and John declare the good news about Jesus from His birth to His glorious resurrection to His post-resurrection appearances.

Each writer aims his gospel to a particular audience for a particular reason. Over the next few days we will consider the writers and their purpose. Each man tells us about Jesus from a different perspective and records different aspects of Jesus’ life. The variety provides a rich and full account of Christ’s time on earth.

These writers hold nothing back. The Gospels document the real and raw response to Jesus. The disciples experienced doubt and failure. Some were confused by the Lord’s teaching. They competed for position. They denied Jesus and abandoned Him as He was arrested, beaten and finally crucified. One betrayed Him. Through the Gospels we see Jesus…and see ourselves.

Father, open my eyes to see Jesus in a fresh way through the Gospels. As I learn about Him, move me to know Him more intimately, love Him more passionately, and follow Him wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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