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Theocentric Studies The four Gospels are neither histories of the life of Christ nor biographies They are portraits of the person and work of the long promised Messiah Israels King and the worlds Savior As portraits they present four different poses of one unique personality Matthew by the Holy Spirit presents Christ as King Mark as Servant Luke as Man and John as God Although featuring Christ as King Matthew sketches His role as a King in closest connection with His character as Servant as Man and as God Matthew 1353-1930 Likewise although featuring Him as Servant Mark depicts Christs servant role in closest connection with His character as King Man and God Mark 111-161-8 Similarly Luke focuses the spotlight on Christ as Man and John as God but like other evangelists they do not separate Him from His full- orbed character Luke 414-950 John 119-250 The four Gospels narrate largely the same things but with some differences Only Matthew and Luke tell of the Birth and childhood of Jesus Matthew 114-91 Luke 15-413 Matthew and Mark dwell on the Galilean Ministry Luke the Perean John the Judean John omits most of the Galilean Ministry and records visits to Jerusalem that the others omit Luke 951-1927 The others omit the Judean Ministry except the Last Week which all four cover rather extensively The Last Week occupies one-third of Matthew approximately one-third of Mark one-quarter of Luke and one-half of John John devotes seven chapters about one-third of his book to Crucifixion Day sunset to sunset Thus all four writers present the one and same Person the God-Man Servant of the Lord King of Israel humanitys Redeemer The special emphasis of Matthew is that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by Old Testament Prophets As he quotes from the Old Testament repeatedly he seems to have had Jewish readers in mind Marks special emphasis is the Superhuman power of Jesus by demonstrating
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