Gospels Testify About Jesus
Understand how the four Gospels are alike and how they
Anchor command. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all
Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Anchor story. Jesus’ prayer of submission at Gethsemane (one of
the few events recorded by all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Matthew
“You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:48
Learning goal. Discern the different emphases on the life of
Christ, of each of the four Gospels.
Growth goal. Greater understanding and appreciation of what Jesus
taught and did on earth.
Skill goal. Find events and teachings of Jesus easily in the
Outcome goal. Believers have a well-rounded view of Christ’s life and death on
Holy Father, you
have testified to us about your Son, Jesus, and given to us the four Gospels.
Give us grace to know them, to obey them and to teach them to others.
Learn from the story of Christ’s prayer
of submission in Gethsemane, Matthew 26: 36-47.
did Jesus feel in his soul when he entered the garden of Gethsemane? 36-38
was Jesus request to his father? (The word “cup” referred to his death) 39
were his disciples doing when they should have been watching? 40-41
many times did he pray that same prayer? 42-44
people were approaching while Jesus prayed? 45-47
During the week…
with your co-workers who the four Gospel authors were, and how their writings
are alike and how they differ.
the homes of believers and unbelievers, and explain that the four Gospels
present true stories from people who knew Jesus
the believers to read through one of the Gospels.
Explain how the four Gospels are true history, very different
from other religious books that tell stories about false gods or about
four believers represent Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. They introduce
themselves and explain facts about them:
Mark: “I am Mark. I left with
Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary trip, but I grew fearful and went
back. Paul was angry for a long time, but finally forgave me and asked for my
Matthew: “I am the apostle
Matthew, also called Levi. I collected taxes for the Romans, which made the
Jews angry with me. I had a lot of very bad friends until I followed Jesus.”
Luke: “I am Dr. Luke, a
physician. Like most Greeks, I love to reflect on Jesus’ teaching. I
accompanied Paul on several missionary journeys. I saw the Holy Spirit
transform people of different countries as we told them about Jesus and
gathered them into new congregations.”
John: “I am John, the first
disciple to arrive at Jesus’ empty tomb. I am the only apostle that did not
die as a martyr. God let me reach old age, although in exile, to write
messages from Jesus.”
the children to present what they have prepared.
Memorize together John 8:31-32.
Background of the four Gospels
from Luke 1:1-4 where the Gospels came from.
ancient times the testimony of several witnesses is stronger than that of
one. According to the Law given by Moses, a legal trial required two or three
Holy Spirit has given to us four witnesses to the Life and teachings of
Jesus: Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, the compilers and writers of the four
of the four Gospel writers lived while Jesus was on earth. Three of them knew
him well, and Luke investigated the facts about Jesus (Luke 1:1-3). Thus, the
four gospels are ‘eye-witness’ accounts, the strongest kind.
four writers included in their Gospel some of the same accounts about Jesus,
and each one adds things that the others left out. Yet all agree; the four
Gospels form a single true story.
other religions tried to change the stories about Jesus, but we can trust the
original four Gospels.
Learn the name and main personality traits
of each of the four Gospel authors:
was a young man when Jesus was crucified.
was from a Jewish family, saw Jesus, and knew the Apostle Peter well.
later served with the Apostle Paul. He probably wrote his Gospel earlier than
the others did theirs.
is the shortest Gospel and mostly recounts the actions and activities that
Jesus performed. People from Rome valued power and especially liked to read
was a serious Jew and customs tax-collector until Jesus told him, “Follow Me.”
used some parts of Mark’s Gospel and included more accounts that he knew
related a lot of events and details about Jesus that Jewish people understood
a non-Jewish medical doctor, became a believer after Jesus died and rose.
travelled with the Apostle Paul. While Paul was in prison in Judea, Luke
travelled there and investigated eye-witness accounts about Jesus.
described many details about Jesus and the people whom he met, showing that
he listened carefully to the eye-witnesses whom he interviewed in Judea.
included many historical and medical facts that appeal to non-Jewish readers.
had been a follower of John the Baptiser until he met Jesus and become one of
his most devoted followers.
lived a long life. Before he died, he wrote his Gospel to supply accounts
that the other Gospels had left out.
recorded many of Jesus’ long talks that Christians of every background enjoy
Together, the four Gospels deal
with the main events from the life of Jesus, along with many of his
teachings, commandments and promises.
of the gospels recount how Jesus was crucified and buried, and how he rose to
life and appeared to many witnesses.
and telling accounts from the four Gospels is the most effective way that we
can evangelise others.
Plan with your co-workers additional activities
for the coming week.
the believers tell aloud how accounts from the Gospels have helped
introduce the Lord’s Supper, read Matthew 27:27-31. Explain that
Jesus’ suffering was the penalty for our sins. He suffered and died for us.
We remember this every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
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