The Gospel Era is comprised of 4 books written about the life of Jesus Christ by 4 authors to 4 audiences.
1) Matthew – He was a former tax collector and one of the 12 disciples of Jesus (an apostle). His message is primarily directed to the Jews.
2) Mark – He was close with the apostle Peter and cousin of Barnabas, the famous missionary who traveled with Paul. His audience was the non-Jewish Roman Empire.
3) Luke – He was Greek and the only Gentile writer in the Bible. Luke was a trained physician who traveled with Paul on his second missionary campaign. He wrote to the Gentiles.
4) John – He was a former fisherman and one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. He wrote about Jesus Christ to the world.
“Four hundred years after the last Old Testament book was written, the story of the New Testament begins to unfold, around 6 BC.” The silence is broken when an angel of the Lord appears to the priest Zacharias and tells him that he and his barren wife, Elizabeth, who are well advanced in years, are going to have a son and they shall call him John. John will grow to be John the Baptist and he will live as a Nazarite (Numbers 6). “He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
In the 6th month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, an angel appears to the young virgin Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, with a message: ”And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary questions how this is possible since she is a virgin and the angel explains: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
The apostle John speaks about John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. John says John the Baptist “came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” 💡 That light is Jesus Christ! 🙌
Tomorrow Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth who is pregnant with John the Baptist. Keep reading.
(Mark 1:1, Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-18, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38, Luke 1:5-38)