I sat down at my antique writing table this afternoon while I waited for the chocolate fudge muffins I made for my daughter for a school event to bake. That is after I already made a breakfast casserole for my son for school this morning. I am working from home today because of the cooking and because I'm in a significant amount of pain and hope to get into the chiropractor this afternoon. But, the point of this blog is not this meaninglessness but the question: Why Four Gospels?
I happened to flip my Bible open to the section between the testaments this afternoon and found this question. I could type Charles Ryrie's answer right here and give you a scholarly answer to that question. But, I've been thinking about it a little bit. As one of my seminary professors used to say, the Bible has both Divine and human authors. The Bible, every single word of it, was inspired and given by God. But, it was given to humans; men with different personalities and characteristics. The books penned by those authors reflect their individuality. As for the gospel accounts, the story is basically the same. Yet, each is presented from a bit of a different angle, giving or leaving different details or events or conversations.
Although my personal favorite at the moment happens to be the Gospel of Matthew, one is not better than the others. The message is the same: Jesus came, left His heavenly dwelling, and put on the cloak of humanity. He did it for the redemption of mankind. He really died a horrible death and they really laid His lifeless body in a tomb. He really did came back to life physically, bodily, and now resides at the right hand of God Himself.
All across the world there will be churches on this coming Easter Sunday proclaiming that message. The people in attendance won't look the same, the message won't be delivered the same way, the music will be different, the language will be different, the prayers offered from hearts of sinners will be different.
The message is the same. It's for you. It's for me. Jesus died and rose again for everyone. He meant it when He said He came to seek and save the lost.
All I can add is Hallellujah and my profound gratitude.
Serving the King,