Author: Roy Beutel
Bridging The Gap is an attempt to clarify the Biblical Story of the prophecy concerning the promised Messiah fulfilled in the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The lineage promised to Abraham was through his seed, and this is clearly recorded in genealogy of Jesus by St. Matthew 1:1-7. Jacob foretold that the descendants of Judah would be the Tribe through whom Kingship will pass (Genesis 49:8-12), and the Gospels show this to be fulfilled (Matt. 1:2-3; Luke 3:33).The Messiah promised would be God in the flesh (Isaiah 9:9-7)… These all important names given to the Messiah reveal His deity. St. John tells us that the Messiah is God among us the in the flesh (John 1:1-14).
Roy Beutel is a retired Lutheran Pastor who was raised in Western New York on a small farm. His early faith training came in a Parochial School setting where bible study and faith formation were part of a daily teaching. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and did his undergraduate work at the Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957. After attending the evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary), he graduated in 1961. He served for 39 years in Parish Ministry, all in Petersburg and Gulf Breeze, FL Baltimore, MD, and Arlington, VA from 1961 to 200. He retired from the Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, VA, January 2000 after a 23 year ministry. He resides in Fredericksburg, VA and continues to be active in congregational life where he holds membership. His interest in Bible study and teaching led him to prepare two Bible studies published in by Sola Publishing of New Brighton, MN, Who is Jesus and Portraits of Jesus. His most recent work: Praying Luther’s Small Catechism was published in June 2014 by Xlibris. He continues to work on other projects of providing teaching aids for the Church.