Reflection of the Four Gospels
Christians all over the world have four sacred gospels that help them in living a better life. These gospels are neither the contemplation nor the memoir of Jesus, rather they are the summary of his life all compiled together for better understanding. Some believers say that as there are four corners of the cosmos hence there can only be four gospels chosen that are written by the most devoted followers of Jesus. Although all four of them were written describing the life of Jesus and certain events that took place in his life, each one of them was written for a different audience, at different times, and under different circumstances. Each writer has his own purpose while writing the respective gospel and has a certain message to his particular audience. All of the four gospels portray different aspects of Jesus’ personality and convey a different message to their audience (Why Are There Four Gospels?, n.d.).
Mathew was written for the Jewish people in order to demonstrate the messianic characteristics of Jesus by retelling the verses from old Hebrew Testaments, whereas Mark was written as an abridgment of Apostle Peter’s teaching. Luke being the extensive gospel narrates the testaments from other apostles and describes the inclusion of the non-Jewish population into the Church. Lastly, John, being the eyewitness to Jesus’ life, persuades people to come to have faith in Jesus Christ (Dunn, 2020). It compels its audience to strengthen their faith in Jesus as he proves his prophecy. These four authors were from different times facing different problems and situations, and since they were more authentic overall, that’s why other gospels have been negated and these four have been accepted as genuine. Nevertheless, the life of Jesus and his teachings cannot be contained in these four gospels alone as John testifies in his book.
Dunn, J. (2020). Why four Gospels? Why only four? Holiness, 3(1), 35–55.
Why Are There Four Gospels? (n.d.). Blue Letter Bible. Retrieved July 30, 2020, from https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_188.cfm