Published on July 1, 2009
Bible Alive: Jesus Christ
Class Eight: The Kingdom of God II—
Miracles and Message
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And most of all… By Father Roch A. Kereszty o. cist. Thank you Father Roch!
Setting the Tone “Hope consists in asserting that there is at the heart of being, beyond all data, beyond all inventories and all calculations, a mysterious Principle which is in connivance with me and which cannot will anything except that which I will if what I will DESERVES to be willed and is willed with the whole of my being.” —Gabriel Marcel
Setting the Tone If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. —Meister Eckhart
Setting the Tone There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done”, and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way”. —C.S. Lewis
Let us Pray Merciful Father Thank you for inviting us to the Banquet of your Reign. Help us to see with eyes of faith Help us to listen with the Spirit of Humility. Help us likewise to go out and love our enemies, forgive others’ debts as you have forgiven ours. Poor in Spirit, we give you thanks for today and every day, By your Divine Presence, Amen.
Summarizing Last Class We saw that the Church never could have invented Jesus’ baptism at the hands of John the Baptist. We learned why also. We saw why Baptism is the “hermeneutical key” for understanding the meaning of Jesus’ ministry and message. We discovered how the inspired authors of the Synoptic Gospels choose mythic language in the temptation narrative and how all three attempts of the devil are variations on the one great temptation Jesus faced during his public ministry: To become the Messiah who fulfills the expectations of the people. We learned the outline of Jesus’ ministry.
The Message of Jesus
What was the message of Jesus? Mk 1:14-15, 8:35, 10:29, 13:10— Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel… And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. The message of Jesus is the “Good News” or Gospel that “The Kingdom (or reign) of God is at hand!”
Matthean Theology & Gospel How does Matthean text in its editorial summaries recapitulate the teaching of Jesus (in Greek, to euanggeliontesbasileias)? See Mt 4:23, 9:35, 24:14— And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. Matthew’s theology has Jesus “proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom.”
Lucan Theology & Gospel How does the Lucan text present Jesus’ preaching (euaggelizesthai)? See Lk 4:18-19, 4:43, 8:1— “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preachgood news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” …But he said to them, “I must preachthe good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him… Luke prefers this medial verb-form to indicate the message of Jesus’ preaching.
Terminology of Jesus Did Jesus himself use the term “Good News”? Does it matter? Since the Gospels are not and were not intended as biographies or transcripts, we don’t know for certain that Jesus himself used these expressions or something similar in Aramaic. But it is irrelevant. The fact is that the center of Jesus’ message is the Kingdom, and the Evangelists are RIGHT to use the Greek for “Good News” because it manifests an important aspect of the Kingdom.
Since the Gospels are not and were not intended as biographies or transcripts, we don’t know for certain that Jesus himself used these expressions or something similar in Aramaic.
But it is irrelevant. The fact is that the center of Jesus’ message is the Kingdom, and the Evangelists are RIGHT to use the Greek for “Good News” because it manifests an important aspect of the Kingdom.
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