Finding Christ in ALL the Gospels

 

Let’s survey the Gospels by noting a key verse for each book!

 

MATTHEW “Christ our King”

Matthew 2:2 saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." (NKJV) Worship Christ the King!

 

Outline: The Birth and Preparation of the King 1:1 - 4:11; The King Speaks and Serves 4:12 - 25:46; The King Suffers and Triumphs in Passion Week 26:1 - 28:20.

 

In a gospel written for Jews, Jesus is presented in His royalty; his Jewishness is very evident. Matthew opens with the declaration that Jesus is the "Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham." In fact, eight of the twelve references to Jesus as the son of David are in Matthew, who so clearly pictures Jesus as the ideal Israelite and the ideal King of Israel.

 

MARK “Christ our Servant”

Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (NKJV) Worship Christ the Servant!

 

Outline: The Birth and Preparation of Servant Jesus 1:1 - 13; Servant Jesus Speaks and Serves 1:14 - 13:37; Servant Jesus Suffers and Triumphs in Passion Week 14:1 - 16:20.

 

In a gospel written from Peter’s words to the fast paced Roman Empire, Jesus is constantly in action! Mark, perhaps the first gospel account written, opens with: The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God." God Himself ratifies the declaration in 1:11: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

 

LUKE “Christ our Savior”. (19:10)

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (NKJV) Worship Christ the Savior!

 

Outline: The Birth and Preparation of Savior Jesus 1:1 - 4:13; Savior Jesus Speaks and Serves 4:14 - 21:38; Savior Jesus Suffers and Triumphs in Passion Week 22:1 - 24.

 

In a gospel for the Greeks, we find the perfect man comes to earth. Luke talks as a physician, and describes medically how much Christ was a man - tired and touched with the feelings of those about Him. Like Matthew, Luke proclaims the miraculous, virgin conception of Jesus (1:26-38). He alone writes of the glory of God that was manifested at the birth of Jesus (1:9). Luke reinforces Jesus' identity with humanity by using "son of man" twenty-five times, second only to Matthew.

 

One reflection of the Perfect Man Christ our Savior was is found in Luke’s record of nine occasions when Jesus prayed:

(1)at His baptism (Luke 3:21); A PRAYER FOR CONSECRATION

(2)after a day of miracles (Luke 5:15-16); A PRAYER FOR STRENGTH

(3)before choosing His disciples (Luke 6:12); A PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE

(4)before the first prediction of His death (Luke 9:18); A PRAYER FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

(5)on the Mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:29); A PRAYER FOR WORSHIP

(6)before teaching the disciples to pray (Luke 11:1); A PRAYER FOR WISDOM

(7)when the seventy returned with their report (Luke 10:21); A PRAYER FOR INSIGHT

(8)in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46); A PRAYER FOR VICTORY

(9)on the cross (Luke 23:34, 46). A PRAYER FOR OBEDIENCE

 

I.                  jesus prayerfully sought god's Protection while facing the great crises of His life was found during prayer:

A.                His baptism (Lk. 3:21-22)

B.                Choosing the twelve (Lk. 6:12-13)

C.                Preparing for the cross (Lk. 9:18, 21-22)

D.               His transfiguration (Lk. 9:28-36)

II.              jesus prayerfully sought god's Preparation for the great events - challenges - of His ministry

A.                Feeding the 4,000 (Matt. 15:36)

B.                Feeding of the 5,000 (Jn. 6:11)

C.                Walking on the water (Matt. 14:23-33)

D.               Healing the insane boy (Mk. 9:14-29)

III.           jesus prayerfully sought god's help in Maintaining a proper focus in success was strengthened by prayer:

A.                After feeding 5,000 (Matt. 14:23)

B.                After raising Lazarus (John 11:41)

IV.            jesus prayerfully sought god's Direction for facing the stresses of life was found in prayer:

A.                Multitudes (Lk. 5:15-16)

B.                Sick folks (Mk. 1:35 [wilderness, v. 33 - whole city at door, so....]

C.                Ministry needs (Lk. 4:42)

D.               Urgent situations (Jn. 6:15) [human efforts and ambitions vs. God within]

V.                jesus prayerfully sought god's comfort. His Emotions were sheltered by resorting to prayer:

A.                Uncaring friends (Matt. 26:36-46)

B.                Discouragement at misguided disciples (Jn. 6:15) (their v. 39 lack faith

C.                Unbecoming attitudes and words of friends (Jn. - confident in God)

D.               The pain of His calling -- the cross (Jn. 12:28)

VI.            jesus prayerfully sought god's will in the consummation of His life. It was met in prayer:

A.                His last breath on the cross (Lk. 23:46)

VII.         jesus prayerfully sought god's goals. His earthly prayer life may be seen as:

A.                Harmony with God’s plan was His passion (Jn. 17:4)

B.                Thankfulness was a part of all His life (Lk. 10:21)

C.                Perfection was His for He never confessed sin (I Pet. 2:22; Jn. 8:29)

D.               God’s glory, not His personal needs, was primary (Jn.

E.                Confidence: He always had a confidence in God’s hearing and answering (Jn. 11:42)

F.                 Submission: Every part of His life demonstrated submission (Lk. 22:

G.               Intercession was always on His heart:

1.                For His disciples’ growth (Lk. 23:31)

2.                For His enemies needing saving grace (Lk. 23:34)

H.               In all truly selfless (Jn. 17:11)

 

JOHN “Christ our God” (20:31)

John 20:31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

 

Outline: The Birth and Preparation of Divine Jesus 1:1 - 2:11; Divine Jesus Speaks and Serves 2:12 - 12:50; Divine Jesus Suffers and Triumphs in Passion Week 13:1 - 21.

 

In a gospel written to the whole world, John presents us with the Divine Jesus. He is the Son of God- his Divinity - the Divine nature of God is very clearly seen. We have already seen John's incredible introduction of Jesus as the Word, the Dwelling Presence and the Glory of God. He lists seven self-descriptions of Jesus as "I am" (6:35; 8:12; 9:5; 10-7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1-2). John reveals Jesus as God's unique ("only begotten," KJV) Son, and refers to God as His Father more than any other book of the Bible. The Old Testament refers to God as Father only 12 times, John 120 times!

 

 

The perfection of Christ our God is seen in the seven “I AM’S” in John’s record of Christ's life and ministry.

 

1.    BREAD OF LIFE (6:35) - He sustains us, apart from Him is only unsatisfied hunger.

2.    LIGHT OF WORLD (8:l2) - He illumines us, apart from Him is only impenetrable darkness.

3.    DOOR OF SHEEP (l0:7,9) - He admits us to life, apart from Him is only hopeless exclusion.

4.    GOOD SHEPHERD (l0:ll) - He cares for us, apart from Him is only aimless wandering.

5.    RESURRECTION AND LIFE (ll:25) - He provides us life, apart from Him is only endless dying.

6.    WAY, TRUTH & LIFE (l4:6) - He guides us, apart from Him is only endless lostness.

7.    TRUE VINE (l5:l) - He makes us productive, apart from Him is only continual withering.

 

There is a final portait of the divine perfection of Jesus. This is reflected in the seven “Signs” John records from Christ's life. John built his whole Gospel as bridge with seven successive sign posts that transport you to the ultimate sign of chapter 20 - The resurrection of Christ. John notes the ministry of Christ in light of its impact on the hearts of those who saw these signs. What were the signs Christ performed to bring those who saw His ministry to belief?

  • First Sign: WATER TO WINE [John 2:1-11] He Is The Lord Of Creation
  • Second Sign: HEALING NOBLEMAN’S SON FROM AFAR [John 4:46-54 He is the all powerful LORD of all sickness and disease, as well as Lord of time and space.
  • Third Sign: FEEDS 5000 [6:1-14] Note v. 14 The Prophet. He is the Bread from Heaven.
  • Fourth Sign: WALKING ON THE WATER [6:15-25]. He is the Lord of nature.
  • Fifth Sign: HEALS MAN BORN BLIND [John 9:1-7]. He is the Lord of sight. v. 16, also Note v. 32
  • Sixth Sign: RAISES LAZARUS [John 11:1-44]. He is the Lord of life.
  • Seventh Sign: The Resurrection [John 20]. He is Alive Forevermore!

John wrote to everyone, because everyone needs to meet God and only Jesus can reveal Him. In this book we meet an absolutely powerful God in human flesh who controls and rules the Universe He created. So the best known verse is the best of all offer that God loves all and offers all -- His Son as their only hope!

 

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