I am named after two evangelists: John, and Luke. And it is to John’s Gospel I go, whenever I need to be reminded of how our Lord is the light of the world, and the very antithesis of darkness. It is to Luke’s Gospel I go to remember the particulars of Jesus’ birth, and the love that his mother, Mary, showed the world.
That said, if you would like to receive the Gospel in the form of a cold, quick immersion, go to Mark. Mark’s Gospel is the very model of concision. He tells you the story, with minimal embellishment. At the risk of giving offense to my Catholic brothers and sisterns, I would call Mark’s Gospel all that a Christian needs to know.
Reading a bit from Mark, I came again on this statement of our Lord’s humility. Mark 10:45 has Jesus telling us:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Got that, you preachers of the false prosperity gospel? Got that, you pagans and infidels who believe that a lord must be powerful and wealthy in earthly forms. Wearing great robes, being served by many.
No. No. And no. Jesus who became Christ knew his fate at some point in his life. Knew he would sacrifice his earthly life for us. Just as God knew, and conveyed Himself into the meanest of circumstances at his birth as a man. Humility that did not need to speak its name. Humility that was, and is.
God is great, precisely because He was humble.