Investigating What Synoptic Gospels Can tell Christians about the Nature of Discipleship
The synoptic gospels not only tell Christians about the nature of
Jesus, but the nature of discipleship. The word Synoptic means, "presenting
a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole". When
relating it to the fact that it is a general view of the whole, the
Synoptic Gospels show a view of Jesus' life though their eyes. They
never disagree with anything he did, but were not always entirely sure
if they understood the meanings of his teachings, this is why Jesus
told Parables, so that his Disciples and anyone listening would be
able to understand his teachings and apply them to their own lives.
They did however, always show true faith as disciples, they believed
and trusted in him. In the parable 'Jesus walks on water' (Matthew
14:22-33), Jesus demonstrates his powers as the Son of God, and Peter,
one of his Disciples trusts him enough to walk on the water with him
under his commandment. The nature of Discipleship is thus to follow
the lead of Jesus and those disciples that followed him in his time.
Naturally, times have changed dramatically since then, but the basis
of being a disciple can be modified accordingly.
The disciples in the bible are remembered because they were chosen by
Jesus to spread the word of God with him. The fact is, that any person
can be a modern day disciple. It does not entail going back to Jesus'
time and being chosen as one of his Disciples, you must simply live
your life strictly following Christianity and God's word.
The nature of Discipleship is in itself being a Disciple. As a
Christian must do, one must help, love and care for others and not
just yourself, just as Jesus did all of his life. In Matthew 5: 3-11,
Jesus explains; "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be
comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they
shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain
mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed
are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed
are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs
is the Kingdom of Heaven. "Blessed are you when people reproach you,
persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my
sake." As this says, no Disciple can be selfish, and nor can they have
more than then truly need. Give to the...