From Overview Bible.
By Jeffrey Kranz
The first four books of the New Testament are known as the Gospels. These books tell us about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are named for their authors: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Each Gospel is about the same character and the same general narrative, and so they all share several elements:
- Statement of Jesus’ deity near the beginning (Mt 1:23; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:32–35; Jn 1:1)
- John the Baptist’s ministry (Mt 3:1–3; Mk 1:2–4; Lk 3:2–3; Jn 1:6–7)
- Jesus’ baptism (Mt 3:13–17; Mk 1:9–11; Lk 3:21-22; Jn 1:29–34)
- Jesus’ miracles and teachings (Mt 4–25; Mk 1–13; Lk 4–19:27; Jn 2–17)
- Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and death (Mt 26–27; Mk 14–15; Lk 19:28–23:56; Jn 18–19)
- Discovery of Jesus’ resurrection (Mt 28:1–15; Mk 16:1–8; Lk 24:1–12;Jn 20:1–10)
- Encouragement and commission for Jesus’ disciples (Mt 28:16–20;Mk 16:9–20; Lk 24:13–53; Jn 20:11–21:23)
The story of Jesus from four perspectives
However, the Gospels are written by different individuals for different audiences with different purposes
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