Friday, May 18, 2007

Interpreting the NT: Day 4

The focus of this evening's study on the book of Mark was on Mark 3, particularly the miracles and exorcism performed by Jesus. The miracle acts performed point to Jesus as the Messiah.

We spent some time talking about scholars in the enlightenment period who have come to question the authencity of these miraculous accounts, whether or not they are stories made up by the evangelists to exalt Jesus. Hence, the quest for the historical Jesus. I am not sure of your take on this but as far as I am concerned, supernatural events do take place and the Jesus I believe is the historical Jesus: what is recorded in the Gospels is the real Jesus, and the narratives are true accounts of what Jesus did. Yes, he healed the sick, drove out demons, calmed the storm, walked on water, fed the 5000, fed the 4000 and raised the dead.

The miraculous signs are linked to coming kingdom, to whom the Messiah is, and they point to power of God. It is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies and they authenticate who Jesus is.


1 comment:

  1. I agree with you that He did all these things and many more - the world wouldn't have enough room for all the books if they were all written down!