All the four historical canonical gospel stories have passion narratives with different perspectives within the four accounts. These gospel stories are a mix of history, facts, and interpretations that represents the true experience of the early Christian followers of Jesus, the primitive Christian community. The gospels contain history remembered, but this history includes an interpretation. In a certain sense, this is prophecy historicized. For the followers of Christ, the Jesus story is a true story that represents something that happened in our world.
The Bible, particularly the Christian New Testament, represents the source and foundation of any Christian reflection. Scripture alone (sola scriptura) sounds easy enough until you realize that there is always an individual human interpretation or an established communitarian way of interpreting the Bible because it is a “living document”. Layers of understanding continue to develop with each new reading. Thus, various biblical passages have served as the source of theological conflict for many centuries.
“‘It has come!
It has happened.’
Says Yahweh God!
‘This is the day
I have spoken.’”
This day of reckoning represents a prime example of apocalyptic literature. The day that they were expecting has come. This is the day that Yahweh had been talking about. The future is now.