Each Gospel is told from the point of view of a different person.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the first four books of the New Testament. They are often called the Gospels. They tell us about Jesus’ birth, His life, His disciples, His death, and His resurrection. So, why do these books tell some of the same stories?

A different person wrote each book, and the books are named after the authors—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They each wrote from a different perspective (point of view). For example, Luke was a doctor and John was a fisherman, so they each wrote differently. Sometimes they include different details about the same stories.

The Gospel stories all agree with one another. They show us what Jesus was like and how He lived on earth. Because we learn from four different authors, we get a good picture of who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and the message He preached.

Bible Truth

“Jesus also did many other things. What if every one of them were written down? I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in front of his disciples. They are not written down in this book. But these are written down so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. If you believe this, you will have life because you belong to him” (John 20:30–31).

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