This work began nearly 2,000 years ago when the Holy Spirit inspired four different individuals to write about the life of Jesus Christ, addressing four different audiences for four different purposes.
The four Gospels were placed side by side in the canon of Scripture called The New Testament. These four books make up approximately 46% of that portion of God’s Word. The first three books, referred to as the Synoptic Gospels, tell what Christ did and the fourth tells more specifically who He is.
All four books in the Bible that tell the life of Jesus Christ: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are inspired, critically important and stand alone. Each was written to a particular audience to portray a unique aspect of Jesus’ life. When these four reports are combined into one complete flowing narrative, we gain new insights.
This combined account gives us the chronological order of every known fact about Jesus’ life and teachings found in the four Gospels. It includes every chapter and verse, with nothing added, and nothing left out.
Jesus Christ The Greatest Life together with footnotes and illustrations, will help you visualize the life of Jesus Christ. As you study the four Gospels comparatively, this book will help you see the unity of their message.
Jesus Christ The Greatest Life combines two previously published works. The first is The Life of Christ in Stereo copyrighted in 1969 by Western Seminary, and the second is The Greatest Story copyrighted in 1994 by Western Seminary. This book incorporates both books with the addition of maps, graphics, timelines and editorial comments. It also includes a numbering of the thirty-five major recorded miracles and pictorial representations in the form of nearly one hundred icons of the major recorded events and teachings in His life.
This work presents the Gospel’s account of Jesus in a continuous story with strict adherence to the original grammar, while preserving the best English equivalent. The result is that by omitting duplications of the message the four books can be fitted completely into one. The result is not a hodgepodge or a mere literary curiosity but forms a more convincing and readable story than any of the four alone.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “The Bible is like a lion. It does not need defending. Simply open the cage and let it out.”8 people highlighted this
While the death of Christ is primarily a birth message, the life of Christ is a growth message.6 people highlighted this
Zechariah means “God remembers.”
Elisabeth means “God’s covenant.”
John means “God is gracious.”5 people highlighted this