THE GOSPEL OF
O U T L I N E
Four gospels, Four perspectives:
- Matthew – written for the Jew
- Mark – written for the Roman
- Luke – written for the Greek
- John – written for the Church
We can all learn and enjoy each gospel, but they are understood best when we know the perspective they are written from.
Four gospels, Four themes:
- Matthew – Jesus, the King of the Jews
- Mark – Jesus, the Perfect Servant
- Luke – Jesus, the Perfect Man
- John – Jesus, as God Himself in the Person of the Son
Christ as the Son of Man. Luke presents the Lord to us as the Son of Man… if God were to become a man, how would He act, think or speak? The Lord is the social man in the book of Luke. He deals with people on a very human level (e.g. Luke 24).
The synoptic gospels are Matthew, Mark, and Luke because they give a short synopsis of the Lord’s life from beginning to end. John doesn’t do that, he focuses on the Lord’s ministry in and around Jerusalem. In the synoptic Gospels, we have Christ presented to man to be received, but man fails the test and Christ is rejected. In John, Christ is rejected by man and Israel from the beginning, and God’s sovereign ways in grace and resurrection brought in. Another difference is the audience. In the synoptic gospels we often have Jesus preaching to multitudes, but in John He is very often seen in a pastoral role, speaking to individuals… and it is to those individuals that He reveals the deepest truth of His Person!