Why are the Gospels part of the New Testament? Today’s devotional will answer that question and perhaps give you a new slant on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Luke 1:1-4 (ESV)
1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
“Any six year-old child who has spent a few Lord’s Day mornings in Sunday school is able to give an accurate answer to the question, ‘What did Jesus do for you?’ Usually that child will say, ‘Jesus died on the cross for my sins.’ That’s a true and profound statement, but it is only half of the matter.
“If Jesus merely needed to die on the cross to save His people, He could have descended from heaven as a man on the morning of Good Friday, gone straight to Golgotha, died on the cross, risen, and left again. Our sin problem would be fixed. He did not need to be born to Mary in a stable, go through all the trials and tribulations of growing up in this fallen world, or endure the animosity of the Jewish leaders during His ministry.
“However, Jesus did not live those thirty-three years for nothing.
“In order for Him to qualify as our Redeemer, it was no enough for Him simply to go to the cross and be crucified. If Jesus had only paid for our sins, He would have succeeded only in taking us back to square one. We would no longer be guilty, but we still would have absolutely no righteousness to bring before God. So, our Redeemer needed not only to die, but also to live a life of perfect obedience. The righteousness that He manifested could then be transferred to all who put their trust in Him. Just as my sin is transferred to Him on the cross when I trust Him, His righteousness is transferred to my account in the sight of God. So, when I stand before God on the judgment day, God is going to see Jesus and His righteousness, which will be my cover.
“By His obedience, He redeemed His people for eternity.” [R. C. Sproul, The Work of Christ, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2012), p. 7-8]