April 9 – Gospel Readthrough – Gospel Review

Read John 20:30-31

Over the past several months, we have been on a journey to read through the gospels in their entirety. We have read about the foretelling of Jesus, His subsequent birth and the detailed accounts of His ministry from a few of those closest to Him.

Over the past several months, you have ingested quite a lot of information.

How on earth do you summarize these 4 books into one applicable takeaway?

Throughout this whole challenge, we took one day a week to take a look on the past week of reading in order to pull out some form of application. After all, what’s the point of reading if you aren’t going to apply what you have read? If there is no application, your head is getting bigger…that’s about it.

There are a couple quick verses in John 20 that summarize the theme of the gospels:

“Jesus did many other miraculous sings in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

The gospel accounts from Matthew, Mark, Luke (with Peter) and John were written for two clear reasons:

Believe that Jesus is who He said He was

Jesus isn’t just a good guy or a prophet who said and did a lot of huge things that ended up getting Him killed. He was and is the Son of the Living God. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we discussed in a recent sermon series here at Grace, your opinion of God is the most important thing about you. Quite literally, it is a matter of eternal life or death that you believe Jesus is exactly who He said He is and make Him the leader of your life.

Some are still waiting for the Messiah to come. Friends, He came. He taught. He loved. He died and conquered death by walking out of the grave so that you can receive and live life like it was intended to live.

Have life in His name

Life without Jesus isn’t life at all. Jesus came to earth so that He could live a perfect life and be killed in your place so that your sins may be atoned for and that you may have eternal life through Him.

Believing in Jesus is one thing. Living for Him is quite another.

You say you believe in God? Satan himself believes in God.

That’s not enough.

Believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and commit to live for Him the rest of your life. Allow your life to be a vessel through which God can bring many to faith in Him.

Life without Jesus leading your life isn’t life at all.

Believing Jesus is who He said He was and through that belief, experiencing the Living Water is why these books were written.

Does Jesus need to be given more control in your life?

Does Jesus need to be given control in your life in general?

You may be living your best life through Christ, but others may not. Why are you going to show and tell of the living God who died for you and for them?

Let’s go out and change the world through the power and grace that only Jesus offers!

Jake Lawson

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