DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONSThread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, you are required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words. Please include word counts at the end of each post or reply. Where applicable, be sure to use references to support your points, using current APA format.Discussion Post- Using a story drawn from at least 3 of the Gospels, synthesize the accounts in your own words, providing commentary. You will quickly learn that creating a synthesis is indeed a more difficult task than most people expect. You can locate parallel Gospel accounts of the same story on various websites (e.g., Table of Gospel Parallels (Links to an external site.)). The passage must be inclusive of at least 5 verses in each of the 3 Gospels used. For example, an account of John the Baptist appears in all 4 Gospels and is at least 5 verses long in each. A synthesis of all 4 stories would include perspectives from all 4 accounts, explaining how they align and/or differ. Cite the various accounts accordingly. Here is an abbreviated example:”During the reign of the Roman Caesar Tiberius (Luke 3:1), a man came on the scene in Israel named John the Baptist (Mark 1:4). It’s interesting to note that only the passages in Mark and Matthew use that particular name for him. Otherwise, he is variously known as John, son of Zechariah (Luke 3:2), or just plain John, “a man sent from God” (John 1:6). He must have been quite the sight, since he is regularly described as wearing a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt (Mark 1:6) as he went about preaching a message of repentance (Luke 3:2; Mark 1:4; Matthew 1:2).”Please include word counts in parentheses at the end of every post and reply.Reply to these two posts…Yushonda-Post Number 1The baptism of Jesus is recorded in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke of the Holy Bible. Prior to the baptism and ministry of Jesus, God had appointed John the Baptist to prepare people throughout Judea and Jerusalem to repent of their sins, and become baptized for the coming Messiah. It was evident that John the Baptist was a shepherd for Gods people. John answered, saying unto them all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16). Jesus came from Galilee, to John the Baptist at the Jordan River, and asked John to baptized him (Matthew 3:13). Although, John the Baptist felt unworthy to baptize Jesus, his ultimate goal was to accomplish God’s will. Thus, John forbad him, saying “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” (Matthew 13:14). After John the Baptist consented to baptizing Jesus, all of the gospels bear record that, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened” (Luke 3:21).The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke equally give an account that after Jesus was baptized, and the heaven was opened (Luke 3:21), that Jesus “went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened up unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him” (Matthew 3:16). The dove symbolized the Holy Trinity of God the Father and Holy Spirit saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). In closing, the story of the holy baptism in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke represented the issues and attacks that Jesus would face while doing earthly ministry such as (i.e., persecutions, temptations (wilderness), betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection), just to name a few. The outcome of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was divinely orchestrated so that we as human beings would repent and obtain salvation through His blood.Arianne-Post Number 2 BelowAfter the day Jesus withdrew to his boat and the crowds saw him leave (Mark 6:32). John 6:1 mentions that Jesus withdrew by boat in the Sea of Galilee or Sea of Tiberias. These two gospels only mention the fact that Jesus and his disciples left on the boat, but Matthew 14:13 notes that Jesus had heard something that made him withdraw in private by boat. Luke 9:10, does not mention the boat but takes the story direct to the time Jesus meets his disciples and they withdrew to Bethsaida. The disciples seem to agree that they cannot feed the crowd and tell Jesus to chase them away to find food from the surrounding villages (Matthew 14: 15; Mark 6:36; Luke 9:12). John omits the place where disciples ask Jesus to chase the crowd away. The truth was that the disciples did not have anything to eat except for five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14: 17; Luke 9:13; Mark 6:38).Jesus knew how to test his disciples’ faith and, in this case, he decided to ask Philip how he would feed the huge crowd (John 6:6). Philip told Jesus that it would take more than a half year’s wages, to have enough to buy bread for each person in the crowd to eat (John 6:7). Andrew and Simon Peter, who were also disciples of Jesus, told Jesus about a boy who had five small barley loaves and two small fish (John 6:8-9). The five loaves of bread and two fish were too little to feed the 5000 people-crowd, but Jesus had the crowd sit down on the grass and the disciples helped him make sure that all were seated (John 6:10; Luke 9:14; Matthew 14:18-19; Mark 6:39).For easier arrangement, the five thousand people were arranged in groups of hundreds and fifties (Mark 6:40; Luke 9:15). After the crowd had sat down, Jesus took the loaves of bread and fish, looked up to heaven, gave thanks, and then broke the bread in many pieces which were distributed to the crowd ((John 6:11; Luke 9:16; Matthew 14: 19; Mark 6:41). A miracle happened as the five loaves of bread and two fish were enough to feed the crowd of five thousand people to satisfaction. So, satisfied they were, that there were leftovers of fish and bread that fit in twelve baskets (John 6:12-13; Luke 9:17; Matthew 14:20-21; Mark 6:42.43). After the miracle, John 6: 14-15, notes that after the people saw the miracle that had occurred, they started to believe that Jesus was truly the prophet who had been said would come into the world. Jesus saw how the people behaved and knew they wanted to make him king by force and so he retreated again; this time to the mountains.
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