The Four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--plunge us into the life and ministry of Jesus. These are lively books, presenting Good News urgently and passionately. Each of the Gospel writers emphasizes different elements of the story of Jesus, and together they offer us a picture of a Messiah--a King defined by his love, compassion, and righteousness.
The Gospels are bold. They reflect the complexity of the Kingdom Jesus speaks of; one marked by social inversion, liberation, and generosity. It is a disruptive yet inclusive message. Matthew presents Jesus as the continuation and fulfillment of God’s promises and covenants. Mark illuminates the ways in which Jesus’ message inverts our worldly presumptions and expectations, offering a redefined notion of what power looks like. Luke proclaims the deliverance and freedom of the Gospel, championing the justice and restoration found at the core of Jesus' words and work. John invites us to meditate on the mystery and wonder of our Creator, reminding us that the Gospel of Christ represents good news on a cosmic scale.
Together the four accounts welcome us into the Kingdom of God and invite us to follow Jesus every day of our lives.
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