Welcome to a new series of daily email devotions “The Good News in the Gospels” written and posted by the pastors of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven. Since late January, our sixth-grade young people in the Confirmation Class have been reading a chapter each day from the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) so that they will know what the Bible says about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Now that they are nearing the completion of reading all four gospels, we thought that we would look back on some of our favorite scriptures from these four biblical books.
We hope and pray that our musings will help you in your daily journey with God.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In one of the first seminary classes Alan Harvey and I took related to the Bible, Dr. J. Will Ormond had us outline the Gospel According to Mark (we probably still have our “Mark Charts”). Dr. Ormond believed that if you got to know this shortest gospel, you would have a framework on which to study and know the life and teachings of Jesus. It worked for me, and so I have been asking Confirmands to start their gospel reading with Mark (rather than Matthew.) And the first verse of Mark says a lot.
There is good news in knowing Jesus, the Son of God.
That’s what we find in the pages of Mark (and Matthew and Luke and John). There’s good news! We’ll be sharing some good news for many of the days to come. For today, remember that the Son of God came to show you God’s love.
Thank You God for coming to me, and loving me enough to offer me life and life abundant as I know and follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Amen.