Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 1, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 1, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Reading a Gospel for the first time
"Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly
account of the events that have been fulfilled among
us, just as they were handed on to us by those who
from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of
the word, I too decided, after investigating everything
carefully from the very first, to write an orderly
account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that
you may know the truth concerning the things about
which you have been instructed."
One of the questions most frequently asked of me is,
"Just what is a Gospel?" Millions of people throughout
world history have asked that important question.
Gospels are the Jesus stories that have brought hope
to people throughout the centuries. Each Gospel lesson
teaches spiritual empowerment. One does not have to be
a Christian to read them or live by these life-
The Gospel writers are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
None attended formal seminary, yet each individual
writer brings his unique perspective and understanding
of the amazing spiritual leader named Jesus Christ.
Quite frankly, Jesus turned their earthly world upside
down and they had to share these adventures with God.
So they wrote about his birth, life, ministry, death,
and amazing return from the dead. These stories have
transformed lives in every culture, language, and
country over the past two millennia. People have
joyously gone to their deaths as martyrs of the
Jesus faith rather than betray or deny this amazing
teacher, healer, preacher, friend, beloved companion,
All the Gospels are good reading. Matthew writes
from an orthodox Jewish perspective and includes
many of the major teachings of Jesus. Mark's Gospel
is shorter and written for people without a Jewish
background. Luke is a non-Jewish physician who
carefully researched the Jesus stories for a two-part
series. The Gospel of Luke is written to describe
Jesus as the Great Physician while the book of Acts,
also attributed to Luke, is an adventure account of
the early church. John's Gospel is written from the
heart about beloved Jesus.
The Greek meaning of the word gospel means "good
news." Gospels are written accounts by four writers
who shared what they knew about Jesus' teaching,
about the Jesus way of life. The Gospels are a
carefully gathered selection of stories and teachings
by people, called disciples, who followed Jesus.
Disciples are spiritual apprentices who study the
teachings and life of their spiritual leader. They
share these teachings and lifestyles with others.
Christian discipleship begins with two simple words
uttered by Jesus, "Follow me."
God, help us be spiritual apprentices as we begin
our reading adventure with you! Begin a spiritual
revolution in our lives today. Show us what it means
to follow Jesus. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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