The Life of Christ (Classic Reprint)

The Life of Christ (Classic Reprint)

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2. Characteristics OF the gospels. Even the Gospels, however, do not profess to give a complete history of the life of Jesus. One of them tells us twice over that it reports only some of His many works and words (john xx. 30 xxi. Neither do they follow one and the same plan. They do what is much better. They offer four dis tinct and vivid pictures of the One Perfect Life. It is well to notice, therefore, how these four holy histories are distinguished from each other. The first is by one of the Twelve Apostles, Matthew the publican, a man accustomed to business. He de lights to bring things together which are of kindred nature, although they may belong to different times. So he gives us miracles in a series, as in chapters viii. Ix.; and parables in a group, as in chapter xiii. His Gospel is meant, in the first instance, for Hebrews. It makes large use of the Old Testament, and shows how Prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus. It presents Him as the Son of David, the Son of Abra ham, the Messiah of Israel. The second comes from Mark, probably the John Mark whose mother Mary had a house in Jerusalem (acts xii. And of whom we read that he was cousin (rather than Sister's son) to Barnabas (col. Iv. And accompanied Paul on one of his missionary tours (acts xiii. It is not by an Apostle, but by one who, as we have reason to believe, was the companion of Peter. It is the Gospel for the Romans, and is remarkable for its graphic narrative. It often gives details which are omitted in the other Gospels, as in the case of the healing of the paralytic (ch. Ii. 3 and others of.

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