Lessons from the Injil of Jesus the Messiah.
“This is the list of the ancestors* of Jesus Christ, descendants of David, who was a descendant of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). That is the first verse in the Injil. The Injil begins with good news that the Messiah was born whom God had promised to send!
The Quran also says that the birth of the Messiah is good news. “When the angel said, ‘Oh Mary, God gives you good news of a word from him whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary” (Surat Al-Imran (3) ayah 45).
Another word for “good news” is “Evangel”. Arab people used the word Injil instead of “Evangel”. In this course we will also use that Arabic word which you know – Injil – for the part of the New Testament which tells of the things Jesus the Messiah said and did.
Remember: The Bible has two parts.
The first part is called the Old Testament. The Old Testament contains the teaching of many prophets such as Moses and David. The Taurat and the Zabur are in the Old Testament.
The second part of the Bible is called the New Testament. The New Testament begins with the Injil. After the Injil comes the Books of Acts. Acts is a record of the words and deeds of early Christians. The rest of the New Testament is mostly teaching about Jesus the Messiah.
We all know that some of the things Muhammad spoke during his lifetime were learned by Muslims and repeated from memory. But later these words were written down by various writers and gathered together into one book by one of Muhammad’ssecretaries.
In much the same way, four ofJesus’faithful disciples wrote about some of the teaching and the wonderful things Jesus did. The Holy Spirit guided these four disciples to write the truth (2 Peter 1:20-21). The names of these writers are also the names of the books which they wrote. They are:
- Matthew: who had been a tax collector.
- Mark: who was probably a very young man.
- Luke: who was a medical doctor.
- John: who had been a fisherman.
When we speak about one of these books, we use the name of the faithful disciple who wrote it. But when we speak of all four books together, we use the word “Injil”. In this course we will mostly study the words and deeds of Jesus the Messiah which the Holy Spirit guided the disciple John to write down for us.