Then he went down and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets that he will be called a Nazarene MATTHEW 2:23
In one of my classes, I had everyone give a description of a person selected at random. We all have a mutual acquaintance with him so it wasn’t much of a task. In the end, everyone submitted a different description of this person. Who’s to say who’s was the correct description and who’s was wrong? We all knew Him and spent time with him.
DIFFERENT NOT NECESSARILY IN ERROR: It is argued that 4 different accounts contradict Jesus’ life and ministry invariably discrediting Christianity altogether. On the contrary, the gospels complement each other rather than contradict one another. Truth, 4 different eye-witness accounts give a much more complete picture of who Jesus (the man) and his divinity. The fact that these accounts were made at different times in different settings confirm there was no collusion in collecting these stories.
The Gospels are a collection of books surrounding Jesus’ life, his earthly ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension; Prophecies. He is coming to be persecuted so that the will of the Father will be done (ISAIAH 9:6-7) For to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace 7 Of the increase of his government of peace the will be no end ESV. So that we may reconciled back to God: [JOHN 14:3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
OT prophecies began unfolding in the book of Matthew and become crystal clear in the Gospels:
MATTHEW: Formally “Levi” A Gentile tax collector. After being called to be a disciple, Jesus re-named him, Matthew meaning, Man if God. His reputation as being greedy and unscrupulous made the Jews hate him. Ironically, Matthew wrote to Jewish audience. The thrust of Matthew’s writings was to convince the Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah, he referenced OT prophecies to affirm that Jesus was the promised Messiah who would be crucified (Acts 2:36, That He will be resurrected from the dead (Romans 1:1-4). In all, Jesus’ coming fulfilled 353 OT prophecies. Matthew was an accurate recorded keeper Jesus’ life. He researched and documented his lineage and genealogy, Matthew that included Historical records (1:1).
MARK: Also known as “John Mark” Wrote to Roman Gentiles. His writings in the third person suggest he was not an eye-witness, but, knew and spent time with someone who knew Jesus intimately. Recorded Peter’s sermons and accounts intently and in detail. Joined Paul on his first missionary journey (Picked up in Antioch, Corinth). The gospel of Mark moves quickly through Jesus’s miracles on his way to Jerusalem. It wasn’t until his arrival in Jerusalem that this gospel slows and begins recording Jesus’s life in days up to his crucifixion. His message: Repent and Respond!
(Luke 1:2-3) just as the original eye-witnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. 3 It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus.
LUKE (Medical Doctor): “Gentile” Joined Paul on his first missionary journey, possibly from Antioch, Corinth (Asia Minor). Luke wrote the longest book on the NT (Luke/Acts); A doctor himself, Luke focused on Jesus’s miracle healings. Luke wrote Jesus biography in sequence say he was with someone who spent a lot of time with Jesus, and knew him intimately. Luke recorded the birth of Jesus, and John the Baptist, -His was the only to document Jesus childhood, pre-ministry, adult life, and genealogy in such detail. The gospel of Luke records Jesus post-resurrection appearances, describing in detail Jesus’s ascension into heaven ((Luke 24:13-53). The book of Luke tells of the stranger on the road to Emmaus (Luke13:13-35), and of Jesus encounter with Paul.
(John 1:1-5) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him and apart not one thing was created. Life was with Him, and that life was in the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
JOHN: “The disciple Jesus loved” The gospel of John are reflections of his many years with Jesus; Unlike the three others, John emphasizes the identity of Christ as the Son of God and how we should respond to his teachings. The gospel of John is the most theological of all gospels. (John 1: 14) The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Again, Of the 4 Gospel authors, who gave the most accurate account of Jesus? They All did. Each gave a detailed account of a different facet of Jesus Himself;
PRAYER: LORD, we lift you up and praise Your name for giving of Yourself, so we may be reconciled back to you. Thank you for the miraculous transformation taking place within us, and for the continual out pouring out your mercy and grace upon is. Lord, let this hunger, and thirst within us never cease so that we continue to be quenched by Your spirit.