1.       The Four Gospels and us

1.a. 3 Great Events:

Incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection


1.b. 4 accounts of Jesus Life

Isaiah 11:1 Branch name of God

Jeremiah 23:5 - Jewish Branch, Branch of David the King Throne

Zechariah 3:8 - My Servant (of the Lord)

Zechariah 6:12 The Man

Isaiah 4:2 of the Lord (2nd advent)


1.c. 4 Prophetic Utterance of the Advent

Zechariah 9:9 Behold thy King cometh

Isaiah 42:1 Behold thy servant

Zechariah 6:12 Behold the man

Isaiah 40:9 - Behold your God


1.d. 4 Fold Design

Ezekiel 1:5 4 living creatures stand guard at 4 corners of the throne room

Eze.1:10    4 creatures have 4 faces

Lion king of Beasts

Man man

Ox burden servant

Eagle found in heavens God (I ore you on eagles wings)

Matthew King (tax collector government)

Mark Servant (laborer with Paul, unprofitable, restored)

Luke Humanity (physician)

John Deity (one whom Jesus loved)


1.e. Examples from the 4 Gospels


Matthew 1:1 - Son of David (throne) / Son of Abraham (land)

Mat.1:6 - David the King

Mark has no genealogy does not care where He comes from, rather can He do the Job given

Luke 3:38 back to first man / picture of the last Adam

John 1:1 - in the beginning before Adam

John 1:2-3 - creator

John 1:14 made flesh

First Miracles Recorded

Matthew 8:1-3 leprosy diseased nation being made whole, I will: be thou clean is the pronouncement of Kingly authority

Luke 4:33-35 cast out devils whole world wicked


1.f. Contrast in styles

Mark shortest account, yet more events are recorded in Mark

Mark chapter 1 will record four titles of Jesus in first eleven verses.

Book of action Mark 1:12 immediately

:12-13 wilderness

:14-15 first message in synagogue

:16-20 - apostles chosen

See verses 18,20-21,28 action Mark 2:7,16,18 hostility (Matthew takes 12 chapters to record this)

John records the 7 great I Am statements. 7 are the number of perfection. These seven I Am statements will define who Jehovah is.


1.g. The Cross-recorded in all 4 Gospels

4 great offerings

Matthew sin offering Eli, Eli lama sabachthani (mighty God)

Mark - trespass offering Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani (God)

Luke Peace offering Father forgive them (only Luke records)

John burnt offering it is finished (only John records)

Matthew the Jewish hope

Mark the suffering Jewish remnant

Luke the Gentile viewpoint of Israels Messiah

John - the believing remnant viewpoint