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“Portraits of Jesus and the Application to Modern Society” Valeria Hernandez Garcia Z12010904 Matthew John Latta BLIT 120 - Survey of New Testament Literature 03/28/2018
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1 The Bible contains important teachings and fundamental revelations, yet it is the book that people question and confront the most. The revelations in the Bible are an encouragement that the Lord Himself speaks, therefore a person should use them as a guideline to live their life. The Old and New Testament together make up a collection of 73 books; these books portray various points of view on different topics regarding the Christian life and beliefs. The New Testament contains four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Four different authors, led by the Holy Spirit, wrote these gospels, and they all show a different record of Jesus’ ministry and His life. Altogether, the four gospels form strong and determinate portraits of Jesus and His life. Matthew’s Portrait of Jesus The book of Mathew is also the first book in the New Testament. Matthew (Levi) was a Jewish tax collector that later on became one of Jesus’ disciple. This book portrays Jesus as the Messiah and Eternal King . Therefore, Matthew wanted to prove to his audience, the Jews, that Jesus is the Messiah and Savior. During this time, the Jews were waiting for a Messiah to come just as Isaiah’s prophecies implied. Many Jews knew that Elijah would come back to Israel before the Messiah, therefore they doubted that Jesus was the Messiah. Many examples throughout the book imply the Jesus is the Messiah. Matthew 7:28-29 says, “And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one with authority, and not as the scribes”. This verse is implying that Jesus was the Messiah to the people because of the truth of the words that showed an authoritative and trustworthy character. Matthew 10:1 implies, “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kind
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2 of disease” this is a vivid example that He was the Messiah because no one else could give that power, just Jesus who had the authority given to Him by God. Along with Simon Peter’s help, Matthew states Jesus to be the Messiah, Matthew 16:15- 17 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” This verse is linked to the end of the book when Jesus himself admits during his trial that he is the Messiah. Mathew 26:62-64, 62
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