It Really Is All About Jesus
It’s not Christmas just yet, but I’m starting my 2011 Bible reading plan a little early. Outside of sermon preparation and other devotional reading I’ve decided to spend most of my time in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. I’m using Synopsis of the Four Gospels, by Kurt Aland, as my guide. It basically give you Jesus’ life and ministry with the passages from each gospel in parallel columns. I figure it’s not a bad way to spend my year. I’m looking forward to slowly digesting each aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry given to us in the gospels.
Along the way I’ll share brief blog posts from time to time about some things that are particularly striking.
The first section of Aland’s book is the Prologue. The texts are Matthew 1:1, Mark 1:1, Luke 1:1-4, and John 1:1-18. Reading these verses again was like a “duh,” “oh yeah,” moment for me. It really is all about Jesus. He really is the most important person in, not only the gospels, but the Bible itself. Looking at these four texts reminded me of the fact that what the writers are laboring to do is demonstrate to us that Jesus is the Christ so that we will believe in him.
There are all kinds of wonderful implications and applications for life that the gospel writers will bring out in their accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. But we miss the point if we forget what John says in 1:18, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” May God give us certainty concerning the things he’s taught us about Jesus in his word.