B8 The Gospel Writers

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Lesson 1: Matthew

Readings: Matthew 9: 9-13

The writer of the first Gospel was a Jew. His message was written for Jewish people to prove that the Lord Jesus was the great Person promised by God, through the prophets, to the Jewish people. They had been waiting for their Messiah (or Christ) for many years.

Lesson 2: Mark

Readings: Acts 12: 5-12; Mark 1: 14, 15, 34, 39

In contrast to Matthew, Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels and was written mainly with the Romans in mind. If you read it through you will notice that Mark doesn’t mention many Jewish customs, as Matthew did. Mark’s story is like a fast moving action picture!

Lesson 3: Luke

Readings: Luke 1: 1-4

Have you ever had to write at school a detailed account, about a special event, such as the visit of a famous person to your town, or about a school trip? The third Gospel is a carefully written report about a very Special Person!

Lesson 4: John

Readings: John 20: 26-31

Like Matthew, John was one of the twelve disciples. He was, in fact, one of the first to follow Jesus. He was there at the crucifixion and was a witness of the resurrection. As well as writing the Gospel, he also wrote three short letters and the Revelation.