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Luke the Ox
Luke brings the good news that Jesus is the bearer of burdens who showed that even he leaned on the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke shows how Jesus came for the oppresed, the marginalized, and those in low places.
Mark the Lion
Mark wrote his Gospel to the believers in Rome who were being persecuted by the Roman government. Mark wanted to convey that Jesus understood what they were going through and that like Him, they are living for a greater cause. He wanted them to know that Jesus was the son of God, the promised Messiah, Lord of all. He was a man but He was God in the flesh. Though Jesus was hidden, He is now clear to see as God.
Matthew the Man
Matthew wrote his Gospel to the Jewish believers after the synagouge split. He wanted to show the believers that Jesus was the Messiah, fulfilled the prophesies and the Law. He was a recapitulation of the story of Moses and the heros of Israel.
The Four Gospels
The Bible was written to tell the story of God’s redemption through Jesus Christ. As we read each Gospel, we need to understand that they were writing from a specific perspective to a specific group of people to teach the story of Jesus. Since none of these books were written to us, we need to read each story in context to get a clear picture of who Jesus is.
In this season of wackiness, the church needs to return to the Bible so we can see him clearly.
Constantine and Christian Nationalism
Throughout this message series, we have looked at the complicated legacies that our forefathers have left us. The great Azusa Street Revival birthed modern Pentecostalism. Martin Luther birthed the Great Reformation. Jonathan Edwards helped launch the Great Awakening. Constantine the Great made it legal to be a Christian in the Roman Empire. Along with each of these achievements there was a cost.
The big point of this series is not what was wrong with each of these men, but what of these fallibilities is alive in us.
The Great Awakening & Slavery
Even if we do not know, the legacies of our fathers continue to affect our lives. We carry the legacy of our fathers even where we do not know it. We have to take the time to examine our live to discover what we believe and where we learned it. That way we can live purposeful lives and fulfill our purpose.