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"Jesus The Christ" By Zanzig. Report On Book

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When studying the bible the New Testament can be very complicated to interpret. The message of the bible is to show Gods kingdom. Jesus teaches us how to live our lives the way God wanted. In the book "Jesus the Christ" by Thomas Zanzig he shows us the portrait of Jesus life and who he was. He gets into a better understanding on how to get the complete message Jesus was showing us.One of the questions most Christians ask is "Who is Jesus?" answering this question is not easy. Luke answers this with this scripture "Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked then who do the crowds say that I am? They answered John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others that one of the ancient prophets has arisen. He said to them, but who do you say I am? Peter said to them, but who do you say I am? Peter answered, The Messiah of God. Jesus sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone." Luke 9:18-21(pp. 7). The line that stands out to me is when he says "Who do you say I am" this line is very powerful. Jesus was no doubt one of the greatest preachers known to mankind. His death may have marked the end of his life but not the end of his story. Jesus has many names such as teacher, rabbi, or prophet these names were given to Jesus before his death after his death he has been called Lord, Redeemer, Savior, the Christ, or Son of God.When I think of the history of Jesus I always wonder why in the gospels they hardly speak of Jesus childhood. When people ask about my childhood I am able to answer with no problem, however in the bible the only people who mention Jesus childhood is Matthew and Luke. Now why is that? Some people would say that Jesus mission was proclaimed when he was an adult rather then child. What I find astonishing is that even though the gospels hardly discuss Jesus childhood or birth, Christians celebrate Jesus birth and is a big part of the year. On the other hand John focuses on what the meaning of the "word of God" which the book describes as becoming human in the person of Jesus. Each gospel is composed differently. Matthew gospel starts with the genealogy of Jesus almost like a family tree. He even says that Jesus birth was conceived "from the holy spirit". Luke on the other hand describes the stories of Jesus birth and Jesus dealing with John the Baptist, but he does not start his gospel with Jesus birth but starts it with John the Baptist. Even though each gospel focuses on different stories or different meaning they all want to show a great man and all try to achieve the meaning of Jesus proclamation which was to show us the way to the Kingdom of God.Another topic that caught my attention was the meaning of kingdom. We know that Jesus proclaimed this kingdom but what was he really suggesting. Kingdom to me means a place or a region. The book describes that we should interpret the meaning as Reign or rule. This reign or rule meant a lot to Jesus therefore understanding it helps understand...

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