Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Christianity as the Way: Babu

 Jesus with his death and resurrection closes his salvific way in Jerusalem, but the disciples are appointed to continue this way of salvation from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. As we see in Luke Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom of God from Galilee, Samaria and all throughout Judea up to Jerusalem (Lk. 23:5). The disciples are asked to continue this great mission in a reverse order from Jerusalem-in all of Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Lk.24: 47; Acts 1:8; 23:11). It is important to note that chapters 8-28 of the Acts are presented as the missionary travels of the apostles and the disciples, which are closely parallel to the missionary journeys of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. 51

According to Luke, the Christian discipleship is pictured not only as the acceptance of a master’s teaching, but also as the identification of oneself with the master’s way of life and destiny in an intimate, personal following of him. Therefore, we see that parallel to the way of Jesus, Christianity, that preaches the way of salvation and through which one obtains salvation is presented in the Acts as “the way” (Acts 9:2).


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