This worksheet may be best used as an introduction to the gospels or to answer the question on why there are four gospels instead of just one. The perspective taken here is that by looking at what each gospel says about the origins of Jesus (if any), we can find out what generally the portrayal of Jesus is for each gospel. In Mark there is no intro because Jesus is seen as a suffering servant. In Matthew, origins are linked to Abraham and David because Jesus is the faithful Israelite or a very Jewish teacher. In Luke, Jesus represents all of humanity so his genealogy goes back all the way to Adam. In John, it is stated that Jesus is the Word and “the Word was God.” These views may be an oversimplification, but remember the target learners are in high school. No controversy is intended here. The gospels should not be seen as contradictory but rather as complementing each other. Jesus was all of that and more!
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