The Four Perspectives of Jesus in the Gospels Essay

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The four Gospels are the accounts at the beginning of the New Testament about the saving work of God in his son Jesus Christ. The writers of the four gospels introduced a new literary category into literature. The gospels are not exactly biographies, because apart from certain events surrounding Jesus’ birth, (Matt. 1-2; Luke 1-2) and one from Jesus’ youth (Luke 2:41-52), they record only the last two or three years of Jesus' life. Moreover, the material included is not written as an objective historical survey of Jesus' ministry. The gospels present Jesus in such a way that the reader realizes that God acted uniquely in Jesus. The authors of the gospels wrote not only to communicate knowledge about Jesus as a person, but also to call us …show more content…
In much of Luke’s writing, the humanity of Jesus is emphasized and, in later parts of his life, a greater portion of his divinity is revealed. Early parts of Luke’s writings show his humanity by revealing his lowly childhood and humble nature. However, later on, just like the other Gospel writers, he is shown as Israel’s prophecy fulfilled (Luke 4 : 1, 14, 18). Throughout Jesus’ life, he is referred to often as the Son of God and his direct relation with God is often used also. Luke, too, also shows a soft and sensitive nature of Jesus. In very important situations, Jesus is seen praying intently and fervently. Luke finds Jesus’ divinity as the source of inspiration for his writing. John takes a radically different approach to Jesus and God. John’s Gospel starts at the beginning of eternity and looks at Jesus as the physical Word of God. John recognizes a higher, fuller, more complete divinity in Jesus. The overwhelming holiness in Jesus is shown in all parts of Jesus’ life in John’s writing, from his young life to the Passion. In all the Gospels, Jesus is meant to be something specific to each one. Because each Gospel was meant to appeal to a different audience, they highlighted a different perspective of Jesus, and each looked to a different point of his life for inspiration. The four gospels are four perspectives on Jesus the Christ. Assembled into a chronological account we

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