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Gospel of Jesus Christ

Series Part 5 – The gospel of Jesus Christ

The good news (gospel) of Christ comes from the Father who sent him to the lost souls of Israel to deliver the message about the church. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people and being the chosen they may get all the advantages before anyone else on the earth. This is what Jesus told his 12 disciples: “Jesus sent these twelve out and commanded them, saying, “Don’t go among the Gentiles and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel..” God works in mysterious ways and He wants the Jews to receive His message directly from the Son.  Matthew 15:21-28 spelled out that God sent Jesus to save the lost souls of His Chosen People: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”— Matthew 15:24

And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick— Luke 9:2. When Jesus sent the 12 disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom, He expressly told them, “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles,”.  He wanted the Jews to receive first the doctrine about the church. As we all know, Jesus was rejected by the Jews which drew many opinions for centuries. We may agree or disagree but that is allowing us to seek the truth. The pressing issue is that if the Jews are the chosen people of God, rejecting Jesus means rejecting the message.

The Jews rejected Jesus of their unbelief and most likely because they were rooted in the Old Testament. Sabbath Day is strictly being observed in Judaism which is a rest day for the LORD, Jesus healed a crippled woman on the Sabbath-Luke 13:10-17, claimed to be a prophet-Mark 6:1-4, He declared that he had come to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy-Luke 4: 16-22, the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath- Matthew 12:1–8, Jesus defended his disciples for breaking the Sabbath day observance-when they walked by some fields and plucked heads of grain-see Mark 2:23–28, Matthew 12:1–8; Luke 6:1–5, Mark 3:1–6,  when He heals a man on the Sabbath- Matthew 12:9–14; Luke 6:6–11 and a strict application of the Law about idolatry- Jews cannot worship Jesus for this reason, they believe in one God to be worshipped and Jesus is not God.

There are Christian denominations that portray him as the Creator, as a prophet, and as the Son of God. When we look at the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John they do not get along or agree on some issues, but in the first three gospels they have something in common; the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, that he was born and he confirmed this birth “before Abraham was born I am” John 8”58. He died as described in the four gospels; Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-38, Luke 23:26-49, and John 19:16-37. Though the resurrection has a different segment in the story the point was the resurrection happened.

In Matthew Jesus is a king; in Mark, he is a servant; in Luke, he is a man, and in John, as God. Four different portrayals of Jesus are based on a different set of sources. The portrayal of Jesus is how they experience Jesus at the time they saw him or heard him talk. Peter alone thought that Jesus was going to have a physical kingdom, so just right there he thought that Jesus will be the king and he will have a part in the kingdom. Whoever has witnessed Jesus washing the feet of his disciple, may think he is a servant washing the feet of the master. In verses 13:14–17, He instructs his disciples: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” In Luke, his birth proved he is a man that needs to be born. Before Abraham, I am. The good news is that we knew Jesus; who he is, where he came from, and what life he had while on earth. The Jews rejected him and that cost them the kingdom that had been prepared for them. If they had listened and accepted Jesus,  they could have had the kingdom at hand, but now like any other Christians, they have to learn to be a church before they can possess the kingdom.

Jesus kept the seventh-day Sabbath throughout his life on earth and the Jews should be aware of this because they witnessed them go to synagogue on Sabbath. The good news is that God never changes His mind and keeps His promises, He will never leave us and forsake us. 

The good news of the coming judgment for Jews and non-Jews provided us a warning that it is not too late to ask for forgiveness of sins. Repent and be baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit and be justified and sanctified by believing in Jesus. The super good news is in John 3:16.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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