The ultimate goal of life is to know God; everything else is secondary. To paint a picture of Him, in our mind, we need a starting point. There are many places we might begin our pursuit of knowing God.
Possibly, the very best is found in the biblical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four books are called Gospels. Herein one discovers the historical accounts of the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Hebrews 1:3).
Besides being historical, the Gospels are a theological revelation of the life of Christ and His teachings. Each of the gospel writers had diverse reasons for writing their account of the Messiah. They included and excluded events and teachings according to their own distinct purposes. Therefore, one Gospel does not tell the whole story of Christ. In fact, all four Gospels do not tell the whole story, but combined they
give us a wonderful picture of the Messiah, His work and His teaching.
Various harmonies of the Gospels have been complied to place the events in the four gospels in chronological and geographical order. I have done the same with this study of the life of Christ. Where the harmonies attempt to include every event and teaching, I have selected some of them to give the student an overview of our Lord’s ministry on earth.
The purpose of the introduction is to familiarize the student with Palestine and its culture in the first century A.D.
This study of the life of Christ concludes with the anointing of Jesus by Mary at Bethany. The final week of His life and teachings is covered in my book The Passion Week of Christ.
I am indebted to countless teachers, commentaries and sources for many thoughts and ideas presented in this study. I synthesized their teachings and presented the life of Christ in my words.
May the Father and the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit bless your study of the Word of God.
Robert P. Conway