Gospels, Not Biographies

Today's Bible reading: Luke 3

We don’t know too terribly much about Jesus’ early years.  Between His birth in about 4 BC and His appearance in public in about 26/27 A.D. lie about 30 “silent” years.  We wonder: What did He do during all these years?  What did He look like?  What color hair did He have?  What color were His eyes?  What ever happened to Joseph, as he just disappears from the Gospel story so quickly?

The Gospels don’t answer these and other similar questions … and part of the reason they do not is because they are not biographies, at least not in the normal sense.  They are witnesses of faith written to call forth faith.  Someone once said: “The Gospels are passion narratives with long introductions” – we might better say: The Gospels are Passion and Easter stories with long introductions.  It’s only in the light of what happened at the end, that the story of Jesus’ earthly ministry makes sense.  That point should also be kept in our minds as we focus in together on Jesus’ baptism and temptation this week.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to the nature of Your kingdom, and so move me to live a life worthy of Your Gospel by reaching out with the Good News that leads to everlasting life.  Amen.