This is the Bible summary of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Instead of doing multiple summaries of each book of the Bible, I’m going to go through all the books and best as I can follow the story in order.
Introduction Of The Gospels
Book of Matthew– Matthew means “Gift of the Lord” and Matthew was also known as “Levi.” We see this a lot in the New Testament especially. Some people have multiple names, but they are the same person.
I realized recently that for Matthew to be called Levi probably means he is from the Levitical bloodline, the priesthood. It’s interesting to note that if this is the case Matthew becoming a tax collector may have been more frowned upon by his family if he chose that over the priesthood.
Some wonder too if when Jesus talks about the tax collector that cried out to God and the man who prayed glorifying that he was not a sinner like a tax collector, perhaps the prayer of the tax collector was that of Matthew’s. This may not be true, not saying it is, but very interesting to think about.
The book of Matthew makes sure Jesus being the Messiah is connected to scriptures from the Old Testament that prove so.
Book Of Mark– Mark is known by his Latin name, Marcus, but Jews knew him by his Hebrew name John. This name is referenced in Acts as well (12:12,25)
This book focuses a lot on how Jesus is a servant and how He came to serve.
Book Of Luke– The well-known physician who was very meticulous. It is evident how Luke took to explaining things. The book of Luke is where we get the story of John the Baptist, before his birth. Luke is also where we are given a few glimpses of Christ’s life as a child, the places He moved. How Jesus began to teach at the age of 12. My Bible shares how Luke presents Jesus in His humanity, as the Son of Man.
Book of John- In the same way Luke focused on how Jesus was human, John focused on how Jesus is the Son of God. There are seven miracles and seven “I AM” statements. John means “Yahweh Has Been Gracious.”
How These Summaries Will Go
As I shared I’m not going to have separate accounts for each of the Gospels. I’m not going to skip over pieces either, no worries 🙂 but I don’t want to retell the same story four times, Jesus died once and He resurrected once. I want to try to tell the whole story.
Whenever a story or event is discussed the book and scriptures referring to that incident will be listed. If there are some differences, I may state so.
Next time, we will begin the Gospel Journey we will start with how John’s parents were told about his birth.
And don’t forget I plan to go between the Old Testament and New Testament every other week. 🙂
What are you looking forward to in visiting the Gospels?
Monthly Scripture, (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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