Matthew 3:1-3 The period of time that we refer to as the “ministry of Christ” begins with John the Baptist, the “fore-runner” of the Lord, preaching in the wilderness to the Jewish nation.

   Mark 1:1-4 Notice that Mark begins his “Gospel” with the words “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...”. What Gospel is he talking about? What was John preaching and to whom? The message is pretty clear that the listeners could be saved before the cross by repenting, believing, and being baptized. These people could be saved and not even know that Christ would die and be risen.

   Mark 1:14-15 There are several very deep truths in these two short verses. Notice it's the “Gospel of the Kingdom” that Jesus is preaching. Also, notice that he is telling them that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:” (See Daniel 9:24-25.)

   Matthew 9:35 Once again there are several points that are very important in these verses. Notice that Jesus is only speaking and preaching to Jews. Jesus does not mention that He is going to die for their sins as their substitute and be resurrected the third day, that was not part of “His Gospel”.

   Matthew 10:5-7 The disciples were told very specifically to “go only to Israel” and they were not told to preach about His death, burial, and resurrection, only that “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

   Matthew 15:21-28 Here we see that Jesus and his disciples want nothing to do with this “Gentile” woman who has a great need. Jesus makes it plain to her that anyone outside of the Jewish nation is unwanted and deserves absolutely nothing from him, He actually insults her by calling her “a dog”.

When she bows and humbles herself to the degradation of insults and put downs Jesus sees her great love and faith in Him as Lord, He sends her away with praise and granted healing for her daughter.   

   John 12:20-24 Here is an event that is mostly overlooked in the New Testament. We see a group of Greeks (Gentiles) that have come to the city to worship, and they want to talk to Jesus. Notice that Philip didn't know if he should even tell Jesus about them so he went to Andrew first and then they decided to approach Jesus about the Gentiles request to see Him. Jesus just ignored the request and went on to talk of His soon coming death and never acknowledged the Gentiles.

   Matthew 16:15-17; John 11:25-27 It is very important for us to realize that during Jesus earthly ministry the disciples had no clue that Jesus Christ would die for our sins and then be resurrected from the dead. The Jews only had to believe that he indeed was Christ the Messiah which was to come.

   Matthew 16:21;Luke 9:22, 18:31-34 Jesus had told them plainly of His death and resurrection but they did not believe or understand what He was talking about.

   John 20:1-9 The proof that the disciples did not preach the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ during this time is evident when we look at the tomb of Christ. If they knew that he was going to rise after three days why are  they not at the tomb waiting, and why were they so surprised and puzzled to see the empty tomb?  

   Acts 1:1-8 In these verses of scripture are the keys to understanding the entire book of Acts pertaining to how the Gospel would be presented to the Jews and the Gentiles.

   Matthew 19:27-28; Luke 22:29-30 If we look at these verses along with the verses from Acts 1 we can begin to understand why the Apostles did not take the great commission to go into all the world the way we look at it from our point of view. At the time of Acts 1 the Apostles did not have any clue that the Kingdom would have to wait over 1,900 years and that the church would be comprised of mostly Gentiles rather than Jews.