Gods Story from the Book of LUKE- The Death of Jesus

RESEARCH PAPER GODS STORY – THE DEATH OF JESUS. PART 1

Overview – The focus of the paper is The Death of Jesus from
The Book of LUKE.
God’s Story Research Paper
BIBL230 Signature Assignment Instructions
Overview In this course, we are learning that the stories in Luke and Acts are an integral part of
the grand story of Christian Scripture. In many ways, God’s action as described in these books
provides a microcosm of the overarching themes of creation, fall, and redemption that find
meaning and movement throughout the entirety of the Bible. Luke and Acts, in particular, invite
us to consider the nature of the promise and possibility that is inherent within the story of the
Bible. As we have seen, the good news of Jesus Christ is both the fulfillment of God’s promise
and an invitation to discover the possibility of transformation in and for the world.
In order to better understand the meaning and implications of God’s redemptive work in the New
Testament, you will choose a person/people or concept that is highlighted in the course for
further research and analysis. The topic choices for research and analysis are Mary, costly
discipleship, the death of Jesus, the kingdom of God, and the Gentiles. Note that each of these
topics has a corresponding article posted in the course.
The signature assignment affords you an extended time to explore the following questions:
1. How does the topic the death of Jesus,connect to the larger themes of creation, fall, and
redemption within the overarching story of the Bible?
2. What is important to know about the history, culture, and/or theology surrounding this
person or concept?
3. What was the original meaning of this concept or significance of this person/people
within Luke/Acts?
4. What insights gained could be meaningful for our context today?
Your research, analysis, and response to these questions will take the form of a research paper,
and the project will be completed in three stages:
 Topic, Thesis, Resources, and Outline.
 Introduction, plus body paragraphs addressing Questions 1, 2, 3, 4
and a conclusion.

Part 1: Project Plan
Part 1: Submit a Project Plan, to include the following:
 ●  Topic​ – THE DEATH OF JESUS

 ●  Thesis​ – what is the central message/argument of the paper?

 ●  Outline ​- organize the outline to address the following four assignment
questions.
**Include two or more subpoints and supporting quotations for each main idea.
1. Main Idea #1: How does the topic, the death of Jesus
connect to the larger themes of creation, fall, and redemption within the overarching
story of the Bible?
a. Subpoint #1
i. Supporting quotation
b. Subpoint #2
i. Supporting quotation
2. Main Idea #2: What is important to know about the history, culture, and/or theology
surrounding this person or concept?
a. Subpoint #1
i. Supporting quotation
b. Subpoint #2
i. Supporting quotation
3. Main Idea #3: What was the original meaning of this concept or significance of this
person/people within Luke/Acts?
a. Subpoint #1
i. Supporting quotation
b. Subpoint #2
i. Supporting quotation
4. Main Idea #3: What insights gained could be meaningful for our context today? a. Subpoint
#1
i. Supporting quotation b. Subpoint #2
i. Supporting quotation
● Resources​ – include an APA-formatted References list with at least the following sources:
The Drama of Scripture​;

the accompanying topic article found in the course the death of Jesus
​two​ additional SCHOLARLY PEER REVIEWED sources

NOTE: While you will likely reference the Bible, it does not count toward one of your four
required sources. Also, in APA style, classical works – including the Bible – are ​not​ listed
in the References page. Embed biblical citations within the text as follows: “Then Jesus called
the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons to cure diseases, and
he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:1​2, NRSV). Only indicate
the Bible version in the first citation; it is not necessary to identify each citation as NRSV.
Assignment Expectations
 ●  Submit the assignment in Times New Roman 12 point font.
 ●  The Project Plan is 2 pages in length.
 ●  Outline identifies the introduction/thesis statement, at least four main ideas, and
3-4 sub-points beneath each main idea.
 ● List references in APA format.

READ LUKE 7-12
READ ACT 4 for The Drama of Scripture
READ Pope Francis meditation.

POPE FRANCIS

MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE

DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE
But who do you say that I am?
Thursday, 20 February 2014

 

(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 9, 28 February 2014)
Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel from St Mark (8:27-33), in which the evangelist
recounts Peter’s Confession of faith. Pope Francis began by nothing that Peter “was certainly
the most courageous one that day, when Jesus asked his disciples: but who do you say that I
am?”. For he responded decisively: “You are the Christ”. The Pope added that Peter was likely
quite “satisfied within himself” thinking “I answered well!”. And truly “he had answered well”,
the Pope said.

However, his dialogue with Jesus did not end so well, the Pope added. “The Lord began to
explain what would happen”, but “Peter did not agree” with what he was hearing. “He did not
like the path” that Jesus set forth.
Today, too, “many times we hear within ourselves” the same question that Jesus addressed to
the Apostles. Jesus “turns to us and asks us: who am I for you? Who is Jesus Christ for each of
us, for me? Who is Jesus Christ?”. Surely, Pope Francis said, “we will respond as Peter did, as
we learned in the catechism: you are the Son of the living God, you are the Redeemer, you are
the Lord!”.
Yet Peter’s reaction was different once “Jesus began to explain all that would happen to him:
the Son of man would have to suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and by the
chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again”. Peter most certainly
“did not like this talk”. He thought: “You are the Christ! Conquer and let’s move ahead!”. For
Peter “did not understand the path of suffering” that Jesus indicated. So much so, the Gospel
tells us, that Peter “took him, and began to rebuke him”. He was “so pleased with having
responded, ‘you are the Christ’, that he felt he had the strength to rebuke Jesus”.
The Pope then read, word for word, Jesus’ reply to Peter as recorded by the evangelist:
“Turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, ‘Get behind me Satan! For you
are not on the side of God, but of men’”.
Therefore, in order “to respond to that question which we all hear in our hearts — Who is Jesus
for us? — what we have learned and studied in the Catechism does not suffice”. Certainly “it is
important to study and to know it, but it is not enough”, the Pope insisted. For in order to know
him truly, “we need to travel the path that Peter travelled”. Indeed, “after this humiliation,
Peter continued on with Jesus, he saw the miracles that Jesus worked, he saw his power. Then
he paid the taxes, as Jesus had told him, he caught the fish and took the coin from its mouth:
he saw so many miracles of this kind!”.
However, “at a certain point Peter denied Jesus, he betrayed Jesus”. That is when “he learned
the difficult science — which is more wisdom than science — of tears, of weeping”. Peter
“asked for forgiveness” from the Lord.
And yet, “in the uncertainty of that Easter morning, Peter did not know what to think” about all
that the women had told him concerning the empty tomb. And so he “went to the tomb”. The
Gospel does not recount “that moment explicitly,” the Pope said, “but it does say that the Lord
met Peter” and that Peter “encountered the living Lord, alone, face to face”.
Pope Francis then noted how, in the course of the 40 days following the Lord’s Resurrection,
Peter “heard many explanations from Jesus on the kingdom of God. And he may have been
tempted to think: Ah, now I know who Jesus Christ is!”. Yet he still “lacked so much in terms of
knowing who Jesus is”.
Thus, “that morning, on the shore of Tiberias, Peter was questioned once again. Three times.
And he felt ashamed, as he remembered the evening of Holy Thursday: the three times he had
denied Jesus”. He remembered “that weeping”. According to the Pope, “on the shore of Tiberias
Peter did not weep bitterly as on Holy Thursday, but he did weep”. And he added that he was
“sure” that Peter wept as he spoke those moving words: “You know everything Lord, you know
that I love you”.
Therefore, one only understands “the question posed to Peter — Who am I for you? — within
the context of a long journey, after having travelled a long path. A path of grace and of sin”. It

is “the disciple’s path”, the Pope said. In fact, he added, “following Jesus enables us to know
Jesus. To follow Jesus through our virtues” and “also through our sins. Always following
Jesus!”.
The Pope repeated that, in order to know Jesus, “what is needed is not a study of notions but
rather a life as a disciple”. For “in journeying with Jesus we learn who he is … we come to know
Jesus as disciples”. We come to know him “in the daily encounter with the Lord, each day.
Through our victories and through our weaknesses”. It is precisely “through these encounters”
that “we draw close to him and come to know him more deeply”. For it is “in these everyday
encounters that we acquire what St Paul calls the mind of Christ, the hermeneutic to judge all
things”.
Yet the Pope explained that “it is a journey that we cannot make alone”. He recalled that in
Matthew’s account (16:13-28) “Jesus says to Peter: the confession that I am the Son of God,
the Messiah, you have not learned from human knowledge, it has been revealed to you by my
Father”. And Jesus will go on to say to his disciples: “The Holy Spirit, whom I shall send to you,
will teach you all things and will make you understand all that I have taught you”.
Therefore we come to know Jesus “as disciples on the path of life, following behind him”. But
this “is not enough”, the Pope said. In reality, this “is a work of the Holy Spirit, who is a great
worker: he is not a union organizer, he is a great worker. And he is always at work in us: and
he carries out this great work of explaining the mystery of Jesus, and of giving us the mind of
Christ”.
Pope Francis concluded his reflection by posing Jesus’ question: Who am I for you? “As
disciples,” he said, “let us ask the Father to grant us a deeper knowledge of Christ, and let us
ask the Holy Spirit to explain to us this mystery”.

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