In this first message from a series of New Testament book surveys, Scott Brown looks at the four gospels, examining their main themes and teachings.
As you read the Gospel of Matthew, you will see how God keeps His promises. Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Over and over again, Matthew refers to the ministry of Jesus to show how the Old Testament was fulfilled.
The Gospel of Mark focuses on stories which reveal the life and the perspectives of Jesus. In Mark, Christ is the Servant King. Ray Stedman summarizes it this way: Christ is the servant who rules and the ruler who serves. He serves and rules by preaching, teaching, and healing. The book is fast-paced and full of action. Mark allocates much of his Gospel to the last weeks of Jesus’ life, particularly the last seven days in Jerusalem.
The Gospel of Luke presents Jesus in His humanity as “the Son of Man.” He illustrates Christ’s compassion for the broken by recording more miracles than any other Gospel writer. Luke sees Jesus as the one who came to “seek and save the lost” and the one who came to minister to the sick and poor while resisting the proud and the self-sufficient. Christ’s tenderheartedness is displayed by Luke demonstrating how He healed the brokenhearted and saved the outcast. Luke was a historian and as such he provides a more sequential account of the life of Jesus than any of the other Gospel writers.
The focus of John’s Gospel is to prove the deity of Jesus Christ and to identify various facets of His glory. The beauty of the imagery describing Jesus is perhaps why so many recommend John for unbelievers to get to know Jesus. He is called “Life” thirty-two times in this Gospel. John’s disclosure of Jesus hangs upon seven miracle narratives which he uses to explain the power and glory of Jesus Christ. John’s purpose is clearly stated. He writes so that his readers might believe in Jesus.