We close out our gospel series with a look at Jesus according to his closest follower, John. The Beloved Disciple uncovers a number of unique sayings and actions by The Messiah. Each of these actions and words points back to a single theme, and it is the culmination of making ourselves available to be loved by God.
In the Gospel of John, we get several unique perspectives and views of individuals and events that aren't seen in the other gospels. Today, we look at one person who the Bible tells us to speak of when we talk about the story of Jesus. Mary was a member of a family that befriended and loved Jesus. Just like John, they were open to receiving Christ's love as well. Mary in particular is known to have been open to receive the love of Christ. In the gospel of Luke, she is marked by Christ as having chosen what was good when she sat at Christ's feet while he taught (Luke 10:38-42). Today, we look at the woman Christ called good, specifically two incidents that made her an example to and for us all.
Last week, we looked at the different filters through which we have viewed John. He is seen as the disciple that Jesus deeply loved and who loved God considerably. He is a fiery and passionate soul that Christ both encouraged and forewarned to use this zeal correctly. He is a man of vision who God gave the clearest and most descriptive picture of the things that are to come. John is a complex and deep individual. However, there is more to John than just his personality. John put action to his ideas, thoughts and person. Today, we look at John as a man of action knowing the depth and nature of his personality that drove him.
For this purpose we will look at his background, the types of scripture he wrote and how far he was willing to go. It is our hope and belief that by understanding these things, we'll have a clear picture of what we can become in Christ!
In our profiles of the gospel writers, we have examined a man Jesus directly called, a man who knew Jesus' followers well and a man who was converted long after Christ's ascension. Each of these men had varying levels of connection to Christ the man.
However, none knew him or was as close to him as the subject of today's topic. John was closer to Christ than any of his followers and would go to places and depths that no other person would reach. Today, we examine all of that and see how we can relate to such a seemingly larger than life figure.
We (finally) turn our attention to Luke's depiction of Christ. Luke's personality is a complex one. As a physician he's one of the most educated men to have written in the Bible. Also, as a physician he's someone who could have appreciated Christ's miracles and healing. He probably had tried to fix people's maladies his entire life. In his search for knowledge, he probably tried to make sense of the suffering that so many faced under the Roman Empire. His experience with Christ's followers and his conversion allowed him to see clearly the One who had all the answers.
Today, we look at how this man who allowed Christ to transform him depicted Christ.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.