The Gospels – written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, tell the story of the life of Jesus, His birth, ministry in His 30s, death on the cross, and resurrection. The Gospels are the basis of the Christian religion, the thing which all Christians put their faith and belief in.
Gospel sounds like a funny word, it actually means ‘good news’. When I first heard that it means ‘good news’, I thought it was kind of interesting. I kind of expected the story of Jesus to be called something more grandiose and important sounding, like ‘The Story of the Son of God, Who Came to Save Mankind!’
But ‘good news’ is a very simple, almost humble sounding title. It’s almost like the writers (or whoever came up with the title) are saying, “I want to share something that is good for your life”.
In the Gospels, the bottom line message of Jesus’ teachings, besides relationship with God, is service and sacrifice to others. I also found that interesting, because when I thought of Christians, I thought of judging, doing good deeds and people being fake. (Not necessarily in that order). Those are actually the people whom Jesus criticized, in His day they were the religious leaders, called Pharisees.
Jesus’ teachings emphasized humble service to others. Matthew 22:37-39 says that Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind” and the second greatest is “Love your neighbor as yourself”. This teaching actually makes sense – if you were the Creator of the world, you’d want your children to get along, wouldn’t you?
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