LATJ: The Big Picture

4 11 2009

Jesus is KingIn this chapter, Jack tells us that “everyone focuses on different things, seeing things from a unique perspective.” That explains why two people can experience the same event and yet describe it with completely different details and interpretations. Both descriptions are probably accurate — they are just told from different perspectives.

At one point in His ministry Jesus asked his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15b) He asked this because others were confused about who Jesus was. They weren’t seeing the big picture. When you read the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) you may get a little confused because the accounts seem a little different. But they are different for a number of reasons. Each of the Gospels was written for a different purpose and from the perspective of the author. That is important to understand when you read them. The main purpose for each of the Gospels was to show different attributes of Jesus:

  • Matthew: Jesus as King
  • Mark: Jesus as servant
  • Luke: Jesus as the perfect man
  • John: Jesus as the Son of God

Re-read each of the Gospels from the perspective of the author and with the understanding of its purpose. You should then be able to answer Jesus’ question in the same way that Peter did. Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16b)

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