Four men stood, one at each of the four corners of an intersection. They watched as four cars approached, each from a different direction. None of the four cars stopped, but collided and became as one at the center of the intersection. The investigating officer, upon questioning each of the men, received four differing accounts ofwhat had just happened. In combining the accounts, the officer formed a full picture of the incident. It seems to me that in the reading of the four Gospels, we would exercise this same kind of inquiry and conclusion.
The gospel writers do not disagree in their differing accounts of the same situations concerning Jesus, neither is one writer hallucinating when he gives an account of something concerning our Lord that the others fail to mention. Rather, each writer views Jesus from his own unique perspective. To Matthew Jesus has the face of a lion: He is the King, the Lion of Judah and the Seed of David. To Mark Jesus has the face of an ox: He is the Servant of all, the Seed of Abraham. To Luke Jesus has the face of a man: He is the Son of Man, the Seed of the woman. To John Jesus has the face of an eagle: He is the Son of God, the Seed of the Creator.
The four faces are four differing natures. The four seeds are four differing origins. The four Gospels are four differing positional accounts of their colliding and combining to becoming the King, the Servant, the Son of Man and the Son of God in One Sacrificial Flesh. If we will consider these things when reading the Gospels, we will disregard any seeming disagreement and combine the four accounts into one completed testimony of what really happened at the intersection of Humanity and Divinity.
(FACES: Ezekiel 1:10; Revelation 4:6-8 SEED: David - 2 Timothy 2:8; Abraham - Galatians 3:18-19; Woman - Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4; God - John 1:14)
July 14, 2016