Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bernard: the beginning of the Gospel

Saturday, April 14, 2018
    The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    —Mark 1:1 (NIV)
    No literary fact is more remarkable than that men, knowing what these writers knew, and feeling what they felt, should have given us chronicles so plain and calm. They have nothing to say as from themselves. Their narratives place us without preface, and keep us without comment, among external scenes, in full view of facts, and in contact with the living person whom they teach us to know... Who can fail to recognize a divine provision for placing the disciples of all future ages as nearly as possible in the position of those who had been personally present at “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God?”
    ... T. D. Bernard (1815-1904), The Progress of Doctrine in the New Testament, London: Macmillan, 1864, p. 37 (see the book)
    See also Mark 1:1; Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8,21-22; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:41; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; 1 Pet. 5:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have brought me into Your cosmos.
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