As you read the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it’s essential to read them with Jesus of Nazareth at the center of the story instead of for instance man, Israel or the future of the world at the center.
Why? Because the entire historical account happened because Jesus was born into the world. The Gospels tell of us of His life, His teaching, His work and what circumstances unfolded around Him.
For instance, as Jesus began His ministry He initial message was ‘repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’. As the people heard His message they responded to Him.
Some believed and came to Jesus in faith to be healed. Some did not believe and conspired to do away with Him.
The discussions recorded in the Gospels are because of Jesus’ teachings and the Jews responses to His teaching.
Jesus of Nazareth, His message and His work is the singular issue at hand.
The question then if Jesus is the center of the Gospels is what was He teaching? What did the people hear and respond to with or without faith? Why did He heal? Why did He go to the cross? Why was He raised from the dead? Where is He now? What is His future?
More to come tomorrow…..