The Bible is made up of 66 books (39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament). While every book in the Bible is important, the four that cover Jesus’ life on earth, the Gospels, are highly focused on. The four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – provide us with different perspectives on the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While they all present the same core message of salvation through faith in Jesus, each gospel has its own unique style, emphasis, and details.

  • Matthew’s gospel was written with a Jewish audience in mind, highlighting how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and establishing him as the long-awaited Messiah. His emphasis is on the fulfillment that resonates with those seeking evidence of God’s plan.
  • Mark’s account is widely believed to be the earliest written, offering a fast-paced narrative focused on Jesus’ actions and teachings. His brevity and action-oriented style appeals to those who appreciate directness.
  • Luke, as a physician, provides a thorough and orderly account, incorporating details about Jesus’ birth and childhood. His detail narration comes from first person write and satisfies those with enquiring minds
  • John’s gospel has a distinct style, emphasizing Jesus’ divinity and including many personal encounters and profound theological discussions.

Despite these differences, the gospels complement and reinforce each other. They share a complete picture of the same events. Sure, they vary in perspectives and exact details, but when combined together they give us a complete recounting of the story form different eye witnesses. This complete picture of the events testify to the truthfulness of the accounts, as collusion among the authors would have resulted in identical narratives.


While each gospel has its own unique voice and contribution, together, they form a harmonious chorus proclaiming the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. This multiplicity of witnesses and perspectives underscores the enduring relevance and universal appeal of the gospel message.

At New Life, we offer a variety of Bible reading plans for exploring God’s word and practically applying it to our lives today. If you would like to be part of a Bible reading plan, check out the different options here.