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Biblical/Doctrinal Studies:
Focus on Jesus Series

Jesus from Four Angles: Introduction to the Gospels
by Ed Vasicek

Main Thought: The four Gospels were written by four different men with four different slants. Each of the four emphasize an aspect of Jesus' personality, the well-rounded God-man, the Savior of all mankind.

  1. Matthew Presents Jesus As the True Messiah: A     THINKER     Who Valued Truth and Integrity.
    1. Gospel directed toward the     JEWS    .
    2. Emphasis: Jesus accurately fulfilled OT prophecy as the Messiah and therefore He IS the Messiah; it is CORRECT to believe that Jesus is the Christ.
    3. Christ is presented as having a well thought-out plan.
      1. Matthew 20:28—Why He came
      2. Matthew 10:5-6—Initial offer of Kingdom to Israel only
      3. Matthew 16:18—I will build my Church
  2. Mark: Jesus Is the Messiah In Action; He is An      ACHIEVER     Whose Works Prove He is the Messiah.
    1. The word sometimes translated, “immediately” is used 42 times.
    2. Gospel directed toward the     ROMANS    .
    3. Christ proved Himself as the Messiah by doing the works that only the Messiah could do.
    4. Christ: on the move (Mark 1:38)
  3. Luke: Jesus is the Messiah As Demonstrated By His Divine Relationship To Others; He Was A Man of the People, A     RELATER    .
    1. He was the modern equivalent of a journalist (Luke 1:1-4).
    2. Gospel directed toward the     GREEKS    .

    3. Christ was NOT an isolated mystic, but with the people.

    4. Luke 19:10
  4. John: Jesus is the Messiah Because He is Clearly God in the Flesh, A Messiah Who Loves; He is A Divine     FEELER    .
    1. John, the youngest of the Apostles (John 21:20)

    2. Gospel directed toward the Church, specifically to fight heresy.

    3. Key verse: John 20:28

    4. Christ was fully human, but His divine love proves His deity. He is both God and man.
Pastor Ed

Highland Park Church   516 W. Sycamore St. Kokomo, Indiana, 46901 USA   (765)452-1779    church@highlandpc.com    Main Service: Sun 10:30 a.m.