Why are their 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the Bible? Three of those are very similar in what they tell of Jesus' life, but still there are 4 total. Tonight I had the opportunity to be reminded of the answer to this question. I had learned this in my studies at Bible College and so did our speaker. A friend of mine from that Bible College, Greg Wagoner, spoke at my church's first night of mission conference. I was thankful for his challenge in tonight's message. He brought out the four different faces that the gospel writings present Jesus as...
Lion - Matthew presents to the Jews that Christ is KING
The theme verse of Matthew is from 1:21 "She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." The goal is to REPENT - Matthew 3:2 "and saying, 'Repent, because the kingdom of heave has come near!'"
Ox - Mark presents to the Romans Christ is SERVANT
The theme verse of Mark is from 8:35 "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it." The goal is to HAVE FAITH - Mark 11:22 "Jesus replied to them, 'Have faith in God.'"
Man - Luke presents to the Greeks that Christ is the SON OF MAN
The theme verse of Luke is from 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost." The goal is that we CAN'T SERVE GOD AND MAMMON - Luke 16:13 "No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the others. You can't be slaves to both God and money."
Eagle - John presents to the world that Christ is the SON OF GOD
The theme verse is, of course, John 3:16 "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." The goal is to BE BORN AGAIN - John 3:7 "Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again."
Now...these are the four gospels in the Bible...however I'm a gospel story too! In 2 Corinthians 3:2-5, Paul writes "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone. It is clear that you are Christ's letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God -- not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh." So, I need to allow God to write His story on my life. While Greg was preaching tonight...the song below came into my mind and I really like how it talks about us being an empty page for God to write Your story on it. I am an epistle...a living epistle. Take a look at my story, by watching my life and how I live it. May God be glorified in it...because after all I have been changed. Jesus came to earth, died on the cross (became my sacrifice) for my sins, was buried...but that wasn't the end. He rose again on the third day. So...Jesus paid it all...and I accepted that free gift from Him. Therefore, I'm a Gospel story.
Chris August writes "I've wasted chances to speak up and make some noise, why do I let these moments pass me by...Everybody ought to know...I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky, I will tell of what you've done, when the people ask me why, I live my life this way I'll say that I am unashamed of you....I feel like a preacher, I've got something to say, I'm treating right now like it's now or never, I could talk about the weather, could talk about nothing all day, I rather talk about what lasts forever...Everybody needs to know, that I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky, I will tell of what you done, and when the people ask me why I live my life this way I'll say that I am unashamed of the gospel, the cross, the good news for the lost, the blood that spilled down Calvary's hill, for what Your grace did and what Your grace does, oh I am unashamed of the name Jesus..."
That's what I want my life to speak to people. I want them to know I love Jesus and what He did for me...and they can have that gift too! It's FREE!!! It didn't cost me anything to accept, but it cost Jesus His life...however...He gave it WILLINGLY...why? BECAUSE HE LOVED THE WORLD!!!
Scriptures quotes from HCSB