This volume deals with the life of Christ. There are four accounts given in the New Testament as noted above. These books, Matthew-John, are usually referred to as the “gospels.”
These books approach the life of Christ from different points of view. Matthew wrote his account emphasizing the Jewish aspect of Christ’s life. He uses many Old Testament references and is constantly pointing to the fact that Christ was the promised Messiah. He wrote that the Jews might know Christ and be saved. Mark wrote his gospel with the Romans in mind. The Romans were very much concerned with what a person could do rather than his lineage. Mark does not give the ancestry of Jesus. He does emphasize what Christ did rather than what he said. Mark is sometimes called the gospel of “action.” Luke wrote for the Greeks, emphasizing the humanity of Christ. In his work Christ is referred to as the “son of man,” more than in the other gospels. John wrote for all men to show that Christ was divine. John’s emphasis is on the miracles. John begins his gospel with the pre-existence of Christ.