Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

If you were to line up Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John for a family picture, what a sight you would see. Matthew, Mark, and Luke would be the triplets—all the same height with similar complexions and weight. John would stick out from the other three. He’s the one who looks nothing like the others. John is in a category all by himself.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the Synoptic Gospels. Synoptic means “seeing together” and that’s a great description. They are like three witnesses to a fender bender on the street. All three saw the same thing and tell it basically in the same way. John saw it too, but from the other side of the street. He recounts things in a completely different way from the triplets.

We are going to spend our summer weeks in the Gospel of John. Think of John’s Gospel as a “Flashback.” By the time John penned his account, he may well have already read the other three. So he told the story of Jesus admitting that he skipped many details: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

Our Daily Bible Readings will take us through every verse of John’s “Flashback” on the life of Jesus. So get ready to remember the life of Christ as told from John’s unique perspective.

See you Sunday,

Stephen G. Hatfield, Senior Pastor

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