The Good News Is Not About Us

Mark put the stories about Jesus on paper, but had no idea he was writing one of eventually four Gospels. He was just writing down history. It’s important to remember that the word gospel simply meant good news and was applied to all sorts of events, and often used in connection with the coronation of a King. I find it remarkable that none of the historians of the good news, namely the gospel writers, seek to show themselves in a positive light. You would expect them to feature prominently. Perhaps they would remember themselves as being early adopters, immediate believers, and prominent contributors to the success of the enterprise. There was plenty of opportunity for that because Jesus didn’t write his own account. Mercifully the Holy Spirit worked through Mark and the others, keeping them honest and humble. The result is perfect harmony, and no glory going to the authors. Matthew records the facts of his conversion, but in the context of his despicable role as a tax collector. Mark and Luke don’t mention themselves at all, and John only by pseudonym. None of the writers are heroes in the story. The good news was, and is, all about Christ.

2 thoughts on “The Good News Is Not About Us

  1. No one is a hero? that is a tough sell in a world that lives for heroes but wasn’t that why the Jews rejected Him as Messiah? He became the opposite of hero. He washed feet, was despised, the lowest of the low. No adequate words to describe God Incarnate.

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