Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity addresses his A disciple is a person who accepts and follows the pronouncements of a teacher. Jesus chose twelve disciples (also called "apostles" in some of the Gospels) to follow him and bear witness to his message Anyone who (like them) follows Jesus is engaged in Christian... community who are concerned about the “what” and the “when” of the end of the age with instructions about living in the midst of waiting for the coming of the kingdom. He calls them to hopeful watchfulness and obedient compassion.
In this fifth and final major discourse of Jesus, A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples follows Mark’s model (Mark 13) by placing the disciples’ questions about the end time just before the narrative of Jesus’ Passion is the theological term used to describe Jesus' suffering prior to and including his crucifixion. The Passion Narrative (the portions of the Gospels that tell of the Last Supper, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus) are often read in church during Holy Week. and death, but with major additions and adaptations. The result is to soften the more apocalyptic tones of Mark with material that focuses more on what it means to live obediently and expectantly in the meantime as a community waiting for Jesus’ return. Once again, the familiar formulaic conclusion, “When Jesus had finished saying these things,” marks the end of the discourse and the immediate transition to the narrative of the passion (26:1).