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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)

TITLE: Supporting Evidence
By Brenda Kern
06/07/04

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Supporting Evidence

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be one of the writers of the Gospels? When you were committed to the idea of making a record of the earthly life of Jesus, how, exactly would you set out to do it? Where, in fact, would you start?

Matthew opted to start with a genealogy, Mark began with the message of John the Baptist, Luke launches his book with the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, and then there's John. It seems to me that John was more of a thinker, more philosophical-here's the opening of his Gospel:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." (John 1:1-5)

Okay, then. Wow.

Read the Gospel of John again with these words available on a card. The entire story unfolds in a way that proves John's line of reasoning, the ideas he laid out in these first five verses. Each event points to the identity of Jesus as God's Son. Jesus' power over the creation is displayed through His actions, particularly the making of water into wine (Chapter 2) and the feeding of the 5,000 (Chapter 6).

John seems especially interested in sharing the words of Jesus. These words form the core of the message of Jesus, the news that was "shining in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."

And the phrase "In him was life, and that life was the light of men" was proven beyond a doubt in the resurrection of Jesus.

We may not have a goal in mind of writing a new record of the earthly life of Jesus, but we are nonetheless sharing a continuation of His story with the world through our own lives. Can His life be seen through us, shining in the darkness? Maybe each of us needs to take a good look at the living Gospel we are posting, printing, and publishing in full view of the world, and examine how we chose to begin our story, how it is unfolding, and what point we seem to be proving.

Perhaps some editing is in order...

Brenda Kern
June 6, 2004


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L.M. Lee06/07/04
what a great question! To ask a bunch of writers...if they would have been able to write the Gospels! WOW!!!! Tremendous!

I am just fascinated with Words... I think about Jesus is the Word, but at Babble, He fixed languages and all those languages have words that rhyme and funny like quirks that make words alive!

I loved this piece!
B Price06/07/04
good, and some excellent points. I like the last statement, for it has more than one meaning.
wow, the questions you asked was great and one to think about.
thanks.
Dian Moore06/08/04
I'm excited to be in the midst of such a gifted group of writers - ones who think before they write, who ponder the underlying meanings and seek to illustrate that heretofore illusive thought so that I might understand it. Great job, and the last line was very provocative and powerful.
Deborah Porter 06/10/04
I can only agree with the other comments made. What a challenge! Excellent work Brenda. With love, Deb
Glenn A. Hascall06/11/04
And I thought your submissions to the mini-challenges were great.

This was an entirely different style than I'm used to seeing with Mix & Match or Conundrum, but uniquely inspired.

You have one third of my vote.

Glenn

P.S. Thanks for participating in the message board mini contests. :-)
Mary Elder-Criss06/11/04
I love the way your mind works! As usual, an excellent piece, and food for thought in your summation. Thanks for sharing.
Anthony David06/11/04
Excellent thoughts, crafted elegantly! God bless you Brenda!