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Why Foreign Missions? 24: The Good News of Jesus' Suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Exaltation According to the Scriptures

Why Foreign Missions? 24: The Good News of Jesus' Suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Exaltation According to the Scriptures

[The studies on this blog under the title 'Why Foreign Missions?' explore the meaning of the 'Gospel' in the New Testament (and therefore for Christians).  The present study explores how the Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, quoted and alluded to the Old Testament in their renderings of Jesus suffering, death, resurrection, and exaltation--the story of the Gospel, the Good News of what Jesus has accomplished for us.  This Gospel was a fulfillment of the Old Testament.]
Introduction:
The Gospel proclaimed by the early Church involved telling the good news of Jesus Christ, especially the passion (suffering and death), resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus.  This news, the early Church maintained, was a fulfilment of the Scriptures.  As Paul says,
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ d…