Religion: Christianity- Introduction to Gospel (Good News)
Each gospel was written with a different purpose and the four of them gave an accurate account of Jesus Christ according to what they gathered from their respective sources. These four gospels were written about Jesus’ teachings of God’s good news to His people. It could be from one person or group of individuals that these writers pieced together all information they received to fit the narrative to be presented according to their intended audiences. This idea was either from the source of the stories or from the writers themselves, which is necessary to most effectively convey the message.
The Gospels are made available to us to learn the foundation of our chosen religion—Christianity, and the four portrayals of Jesus in four different characters that may help the audience to grasp the message faster. However, the ideas did not work well for others that showed Jesus identity to be more than one. This then supported Pauls’ statement of more than one Jesus; “For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, …” 2 Corinthians 11:4. Since people have different talents and spiritual gifts, God does not treat everyone the same, and His Spirit dwells in humans who acknowledge his existence and work according to their needs.
We must understand what the writers were trying to accomplish to have their version more acceptable to the audience. We have to consider that these writers made their work in different time, and most likely they did not know each other, have different sources and could also be in different places. When a story moves from one mouth to another the story changes either they added or they subtracted the truth of the story and sometimes it is more of gossip or hear says that led to disconnect to the truthfulness of the event. None of these writers were apostles of Jesus Christ except for John who was also under scrutiny or discussion by the New Testament scholars of modern time.
Each writer wanted to reach the believers with the good news (gospel) about Jesus, His birth, death resurrection, and his ministry that impressed many hearers and later became committed followers. The Gospel writers aimed for a certain audience and each writer is selective of the events they knew will lead to a greater harvest. The Gospels are neither the life story of Christ from the short story of his youth to founding his ministry nor the misadventure events in His life, that includes the rejection by his hometown, apostle, and by his own family.
Each gospel writer looked at the character of Jesus from different angles. Each author presented Jesus with a different personality. In Matthew Jesus is the king; in Mark, He is the servant; in Luke, He is the perfect man; in John, He is God. Matthew’s Gospel was written to the Jewish people of his time, to be contrasted with Mark’s Gospel written to the people in Rome; Luke was written to Theophilus an influential person, and John was written to Gentile Christians with his unique purpose (John 20:31).
Though the majority of believers defend the Bible of its infallibility, there exists the issue of contradictions in the Gospels. Two heads are better than one, and it doesn’t always work; these are four different individuals that possess their own agenda to carry on to often relate to issues regarding faith and personal preferences of the believers. When faith collides with personal priorities sometimes becomes problematic. You may find that the help is within the Gospel that may help to solve the conflict of interest.
The Gospels are not intended to be a history or biography of the life of Jesus Christ and not even his heroic deeds that ended on the cross. The preachers of today refer the gospels as the story of Jesus Christ, which is like a stand-alone story of Christ from his birth to his death, thus developing a group of Jesus Christ’s only believers. This preaching practice merely takes away the real purpose of the redemptive work of God in Jesus Christ.
The good news is the message of God that is manifested in the life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Gospel is not Jesus but the message. Each author is selective in how they portray Jesus and leads to a question of who Jesus is? Gospel is the whole of scripture and no one shall add nor take anything away from it. When we focus on the message, the Holy Spirit will guide us and we will never be wrong. Gospel means good news. It’s the proof of God’s love to His creations with the plan to restore the broken relationship of humanity to Himself.
God is all in all.