“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. He was in
the beginning with God. All things came into being
through him, and without him not one thing came
into being... And the Word became flesh and lived
among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as
of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”
– John 1:1-5, 10-12a, 14
Miracle of miracles! The God who created the universe came to earth as a human being to save us from sin and death. The New Testament begins with four “good news” eyewitness accounts of the life of the Savior—Jesus Christ. The Gospels are not simply biographies of Jesus, but testimonies by four different people sharing real life experiences and perspectives of the Savior of the world.
What is your View of Jesus?
We need to find out who the Gospels are talking about.
Which Book is Which
Matthew: Concerned with Jesus’ Jewish roots, stresses the genealogy, tells about the wisemen, organizes his writings around five blocks of Jesus’ teachings, may have been Matthew, the tax collector.
Mark: The youngest writer, wrote the shortest book and first full account, was a friend of Peter (an early historian named Papias tells us that Mark wrote what Peter preached), included the first example of streaking (Mark 14:51-52), and concentrated on the travels and miracles of Jesus.
Luke: A doctor, sifted through a lot of evidence before writing his Gospel, traveled with Paul, was concerned with the accuracy of the evidence, wrote a second book (Acts) to someone named Theophilus.
John: Wrote later than the others, talks about Jesus as “the Word,” included events not recorded by the others, has a deeper, more reflective understanding of Christ’s mission.
Terms of the Week!
Gospel: The good news of God’s saving plan for the world in Jesus.
John: John’s book came later and included events not recorded by the other three Gospel writers. John wrote with a deeper, more reflective style. His understanding of Christ’s mission talks about Jesus as “the Word” of God come in human flesh.
Luke: Luke was a doctor. As an educated writer, Luke sifted through a lot of evidence before writing his Gospel. He traveled with Paul and was concerned with the accuracy of the evidence. He also wrote a second book, the Acts of the Apostles.
Mark: Mark was the youngest Gospel writer. He wrote the earliest and shortest account of the life of Jesus. A friend of Peter, Mark highlights the travels and miracles of Jesus.
Matthew: Gospel writer and tax collector, Matthew wrote mainly to a Jewish audience.
Remember One Thing
The Gospels are not simply biographies of Jesus, but testimonies by four different people sharing real-life experiences and perspectives with the Savior of the world.
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