“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:15, 27
Have you ever taken the time to read the four Gospels in the New Testament? What did Jesus really say in the Bible?
Here is the challenge for all of us this week.
Pick up your Bible and begin reading the four Gospels in the New Testament and pay attention to the red letters, which are the very words of Jesus Christ himself. The Gospels consist of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Your blessing will come as you slow down and soak in the red letters!
Let me give you a little background on each of the authors who were inspired by God to write these books. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Jewish Tax collector, also known as Levi
- Written before A.D. 70
- Presented Jesus Christ as King Messiah
- Tells us what Jesus said
- He quotes the Old Testament the most of the four Gospels
- Known as John Mark a Jewish Christian (Messianic Jew)
- Secretary for Peter
- Written between A.D. 55-65
- Presented Christ as Servant
- Tells us what Jesus did
- Also wrote the book of Acts
- Written before 64 AD
- Presented Christ as God, Son of Man
- Tells us what Jesus felt
- Youngest disciple
- Written after A.D. 70-90
- Presented Christ as Man, Son of God
- Tells us who Jesus is
The Gospels suggest knowing Jesus is an ever-growing experience. Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? Are you seeking answers to secret questions on the meaning of life? Do you struggle with knowing your purpose?
Perhaps you feel in a “rut” with life and seek guidance for a new refreshing outlook. The Word of God will provide the answers to your questions if you are willing to seek the Lord with all of your heart, mind and soul.
As you meditate on the Word of God, your heart is diligently searching for fresh insights, encouragement and hope. “I meditate within my heart, and my spirit is diligently searching for fresh insights.” (Psalm 77:6) By reading the Scriptures we are depositing “good treasure” within our own inner being. Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) Planting the Word of God in your heart and life will displace the evil with good and help you be more Christlike.
Take time everyday this week and find a quiet place where you can have thirty minutes or more alone with God. Only take your Bible and maybe a glass of water or cup of coffee to this quiet place. Leave anything and everything that will distract you in another room to help you focus.
Begin each day with a prayer similar to this before you begin reading the Bible:
Dear God, You have written the Bible and You said in Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Lord, I want to know you better and I need Your blessings. Speak to me as I read Your words. Help me to hear what You are saying and I will listen. Amen!
Be encouraged! God is faithful and He will speak to You as you seek Him through Scriptures.