The GospelsMatthew Mark Luke John Jesus Across the Gospels
Matthew: Jesus, the King of Israel● Christs genealogical connection to David● Christs birth and identity as Emmanuel● Heralding witness of John the Baptist● Authority/ Greatness of the King in ministry● Kings rejection/Gentile ministry/Church● Key word: Kingdom/Kingdom-focused teaching● Emphasis on scriptural fulfillment● Death and resurrection of the King● The Great Commission.
Mark: Jesus the Servant● Written to the Romans● Jesus is presented as the Son of God● No Genealogy; scriptural + baptismal witness● More miracle and sign focused● Straightway (at once) is the key word of Mark● The shortest Gospel account● Few teaching discourses● The death and resurrection of Jesus● The ascension and continuance of His works
Luke: Jesus the Man● Written to Theophilus- an official● Luke: Gentile author of this Gospel● Key word: The Son of Man● Presents a chronology of Christs life● Presents accuracy of Christian beliefs● Presents Jesus as the Son of God● Presents the genealogy of Jesus from Mary● Salvation: Theme from accounts and parables● History of Christs life identified with prophecy
John: Jesus the Almighty God● Jesus is the Son of God, the Word made flesh● Purpose: To believe in Jesus/have eternal life● Written from Ephesus to mostly Gentiles● Records Jesus’ Judean ministry● Teachings not found in the other Gospels● Miracles not found in the other Gospels● Records the “I AM” sayings of Christ● A topical emphasis on the deity of Christ● Old Testament allusions and quotations
Concluding SummaryThe Testimony of Jesus Christ (Next Slide)
The Gospels give us the testimony of JesusChrist, the Son of God, from four distinctperspectives. The uniqueness brought by eachis not contradicted by the other, but rathercomplemented.To reach their audiences, each author usedboth distinct and traditional accounts thatenforced and underscored their witness. Withthe exception of Johns Gospel, the otherauthors, along with their distinct writing, useduniform accounts with added details andspecial emphasis to present the unity of the faith.
Johns gospel uniquely underscores andcompletes the full witness of the other three bydeclaring the truth that Jesus is God in flesh.These works are not a full biography of the lifeof Christ, but they do give us a completetestimony of who Jesus is.
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