It is difficult to summarize in two pages what the Gospels say about Jesus Christ. These four books contain more than 100 pages of information about Jesus, and so much of it seems important. Perhaps we can summarize the Gospels by looking at three questions: 1) Who is this person? 2) What did he do? 3) What does he mean for us today?
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Some scholars say that the miracles of Jesus
If they are right, Jesus cannot be our Savior.
Some scholars think the Gospels
attribute sayings to Jesus he never made.
The Gospel writers denied that they put their own ideas on Jesus’ lips. Who is right?
In the 1990s, a group of scholars called the Jesus Seminar created headline news, especially in the United States. To put it simply, they questioned whether the Bible is the inspired word of God.
the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
historically reliable documents? Has modern New Testament
scholarship undermined the historical reliability of the Gospels?
Can the Scriptures be taken seriously as historical records?
The four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, have given us a remarkable record of the life and work of Jesus Christ. But some people discount them as biased. They want to see evidence of Jesus from historians who were not themselves part of the Christian community.
It seems that such independent corroboration does, indeed, exist. Tantalizing scraps of evidence have come down to us in the writings of ancient historians like Josephus, Tacitus and Suetonius.
But can we trust them? Do they really reinforce the Gospels with independent, unbiased evidence of Jesus?
When Jesus Christ was born, a company of angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14). As recipients of God’s peace, Christians are unique in this violent and selfish world. The Spirit of God leads Christians to a life of peacemaking, of caring, of giving, of love.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.—John 1:14
He pitched his tent among us—that is the literal meaning of “made his dwelling among us.” Our human minds can’t understand how Jesus was born by the direct action of God. But the fact that God pitched his tent with us, coming to live among us, is all-important. It is our salvation.
Critics and inquirers alike often question a core tenet of Christian belief — that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human. Some claim Jesus was an exceptionally gifted man but not God. Others say he was God, only appearing to be human. Some insist that Jesus was a reincarnated angel. Others claim he did not become God until his resurrection.
These and other denials of Jesus' full divinity or full humanity distort the testimony of Scripture. Moreover, they deny the basis of our salvation—that God took on human flesh to come and rescue us.
Many Christians acknowledge that no one knows the exact day Jesus was born. The precise date of Jesus’ birth is not critical, and speculation and controversy about this topic can cause Christians to lose focus.
“Can you read that?” The tourist asked me, pointing to a large silver star bearing a Latin inscription: “Hic de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est.”
“I’ll try,” I answered, and bringing to bear the full force of my meager Latin, attempted a translation: “Here Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary.”
“Well, what do you think?” the man then asked. “Do you believe it?”