“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17)
I get it, I really do. So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the writings of Paul, John, Peter, James, and others in the New Testament. I also understand that some doctrines are developed to the exclusion of Gospels, but that doesn’t make the outer-gospel texts any less inspired, important, or indispensable. Does it?
The retort, “Jesus never said that,” still seems to hold sway over the unsuspecting and unaware. So what if Jesus never said it! Does it really matter? It’s all scripture, isn’t it? If all scripture is “breathed out” by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16), then it all comes from Jesus. Doesn’t it? A few more questions:
1. Technically, shouldn’t the whole New testament be in red letters?
2. Is there a good reason to focus on the Gospels to the exclusion of the rest of the New Testament?
3. Can a person be a Disciple of Jesus solely subsisting on what’s contained in the Gospels?