Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 1, 2
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 1, 2012
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."
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
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, and prophet.
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
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
Grace and peace,
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