Dear Immanuel family,
The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the “author and the finisher of our faith.” Can we ever learn enough from studying Jesus’ life. One of the most rewarding ways to study the Life of Christ, is using a “Harmony of the Gospels” http://hisways.org/steward/GospelsInChronologicalOrder.pdf which is the chronological ordering of Jesus’ life on this earth. It makes it easy to see the similarities and differences of the four Gospel accounts.
Most of the events of Jesus’ life were recorded in at least three and sometimes all four of the Gospels. How incredible to know that we have four reliable eyewitness accounts of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. For those who have been followers of Jesus Christ for many years, you may have found that every time you read through the Bible, you see something new.
Just recently I saw something I hadn’t noticed before as I read the events of Jesus’ last week on earth. During the Last Supper in Luke 22:24-30, sandwiched between Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and serving the Lord’s Supper, is the account of the disciples arguing over who was the greatest. I don’t know about you, but that really struck me as strange. The disciples, who had walked Palestine with Jesus for three years, were debating over which of them was the greatest?
Moments before they had heard Jesus say, “You ought to wash one another’s feet.” As disappointing as this probably was to Jesus, he calmly responded by saying, “Let him who is greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.” How thankful we are that this event was not left out of the Gospel accounts because it helps us relate to the disciples. Each of us struggles, like the disciples, to not think about ourselves first. Lord help us to get our eyes off ourselves, and on Jesus, and show us how we can serve you.