When we read through the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—separately, it is impossible to receive all of the information about the events that are being described. Each individual writer is recording the things that he remembered, while other writers record additional details that were not included. By reading each gospel separately, we miss important details that have taken place.
If we read the four Gospels together at once, we see these little details from each writer, all at one time; and this allows us to understand the story of Jesus in greater detail. An example of how important it is to read all four gospels together at once, is observed by the following example.
During the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, we see that Matthew and Mark tell us that someone took out a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Luke adds that it was his right ear, telling us that the one who did this, was likely left-handed. John adds the final detail, that the person who did this was Peter.
We would not know the entire story that took place, unless we were able to read all four gospels at the same time.
Chapter 232. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:1-12
…51 And, behold, one of them who were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and took-off his ear.
…47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
49 When the men who were around him saw what would follow, they said to Jesus, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear….
… 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and stuck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus….
This book takes the four gospels and places them before you as a single story, so that you can see all that was written about the events that happened during Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.