Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Discussion Question

I am interested in your answers, whatever they may be.

What is the good news Jesus asked His disciples to go and share (and that they went and shared) before He died?


Chaotic Hammer said...

In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke we are told that when He began His public ministry, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was at hand. So that's the good news. In Luke 4:17-21 Jesus reads the words from the prophet Isaiah and declares "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

I know that a lot of Christians have been taught that the good news is "Jesus died for your sins, so that you can go to Heaven someday". While that is certainly good news, it's not the same good news that Jesus sent His disciples out to teach, since He hadn't yet died at that point (and even the day before His crucifixion they still didn't comprehend what was about to happen to Him).

Amy said...

Yay, thanks for answering. Was this always your perspective (well, since you've been a Christian)

Chaotic Hammer said...

Well, more or less. I can remember when I was a new Christian, I read in the Gospels about the disciples being sent out to the towns to preach, and thinking "But wait, Jesus hadn't died yet, so what was this good news?"

But it plainly says in a few places that they were teaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand. (See Luke 9:2 and Matthew 10:7)

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