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Matthew and Luke (and Mark and John, too) tell the story of Jesus' life and death. But they each tell the story in their own way, focused on the things they feel are important, and sharing what they think will connect best with their audience/readers.

Think about the stories you share with your family and your friends. If you tell them about your day, what details would you share with your parents that you might leave out with your friends? What would you tell your friends that you might omit with your parents? Why would you tell the story differently? (for example, you parents might not know your classmate but your friend does, so you might share something about the classmate with your friend but decide it won't interest your family. Or, you might share something you struggled with to you family but not tell your friend because you don't want your friend to know you had a hard time with something.)

Matthew focused on Jesus' fulfillment of God's promises to Israel. But Matthew also wanted his readers to know that they had responsibilities, as well. Look up the following passages and identify the 'rules' Jesus wants his disciples to remember.

Matthew 5:21-26

Matthew 5:43-48

Matthew 6:5-15

Matthew 7:1-5

Matthew 18:21-22

Matthew 19:16-30

Do you think these would be easy rules to follow? Why or why not?

Luke works hard to describe what is going on in the world at the time of Jesus. Look up Luke 1:5; 2:1-2; and 3:1-2. If you were to write a story situating it within today's world, how would you help your readers understand when your story takes place without using a year or month? (for instance, "In the second year of the presidential term of Joe Biden, less than one year after the COVID pandemic had begun to recede...). Maybe you want to reference your principal or your pastor or some other public figure.

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In ALL of the gospels, Jesus defies all that the people expected of the Messiah. To those who expected a victor, he became a victim. To those who expected a king, he became a servant. Why do you think Jesus didn't live into what everyone wanted him to be?

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