I’d like to begin a series of blogs on the kingdom parables of Matthew 13. But I want to begin with the question, “why four gospels?” The four gospels are good markers highlighting characteristics from the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as though all of His features were placed into a large container. Then Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John pulled out various teachings of Him according to God’s will for their teaching.

Matthew presents Jesus Christ as the King of the Jews. He traces his genealogy from the line of Abraham through Judah and King David (Matthew 1:1). Matthew highlights Christ’s coming kingdom.

Mark presents Him as a Servant doing what God assigned Him to do. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

Luke presents Christ as the Son of Man, featuring His humanity. His genealogy in Luke connects Him with the first man, Adam (Luke 3:38). Christ’s role stated by Luke is to seek and save lost sheep (Luke 19:10).

John presents Christ as the living Word, and the living Word is God (John 1:1,14). His is the gospel of belief. John relayed seven miracles that Jesus performed, ending his book saying, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book; but these [seven signs written in the gospel of John] 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 20:30-31).

So, the four gospels present Christ as the King of the Jews, Servant, Son of Man, Son of God. These four stand-apart markers chart clear knowledge as to the identity and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.