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Why are there four gospels? Part 2

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2. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are knows as the three synoptic gospels. Synoptic means "see-together" and the first three gospels present Jesus' life in pretty much the same format. The first three gospels focus more on what Jesus taught and did; John focuses more on who Jesus is. a. John shows us who Jesus is by highlighting seven signs (miracles) of Jesus. Six of these miracles are not mentioned in the first three gospels. b. John shows us who Jesus is by allowing Jesus to speak for Himself in seven dramatic I Am statements. c. John shows us who Jesus is by calling forth witnesses who will testify about the identity of Jesus. Four of these witnesses speak in the first chapter alone. 3. John is a gospel written for a specific purpose: that we might believe. A key verse for understanding the Gospel of John is found at the end of the book: But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31). a. The Gospel of John has even helped scholarly skeptics to believe. The oldest surviving fragment of the New Testament is a portion of John 18, found in Egypt and dating well before 150 a. d. indicating wide circulation by that early date. 4. The Gospel of John is a beloved gospel. It has been called "a pool in which a child may wade and an elephant may swim." a. Commentator Charles Erdman says: "Its stories are so simple that even a child will love them, but its statements are so profound that no philosopher can fathom them." b. So, if we give diligent attention to entertainment, sports, music, or the news, how much more should we give diligent attention "when a man is speaking from heaven, and utters a voice plainer than thunder?" (John Chrysostem)

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1 Sarah R = "See the first half of this article here:https://www.deily.org/text/why-are-there-four-gospels"
2 Sarah R = "“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35 “I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1  "