But there is something rather obvious to the careful reader of the Gospels. Each of the Gospel writers--Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—presents a different aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry, which when com-bined with a heart of faith, gives us the total picture.
For example, Matthew, whose Gospel appears first in the New Testament, is a Gospel written for the Jewish people, so that author presented Jesus as the Jewish Messiah-King. Mark wrote for the Romans, who were not so interested in what a man said, as they were in what he did. Mark appropriately presented Jesus as the Servant.
Luke directed his Gospel to the Greeks, who were attracted to strength and beauty. So Luke the physician presented Jesus as the Son of Man, emphasizing His complete humanity. And John wrote to the entire world, without distinction, so he presented Jesus as the Son of God, emphasizing His complete divinity.
In doing this, they also presented us with four different aspects of the love of Jesus as He has expressed it.
During the month of February we are going to explore this love, one Gospel at a time. We’re going to discover some truths about the love of Christ which will challenge us to love each other the way He loves us.
This adventure in God’s Word will be exciting!
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com