Bible Trek 2016 - Death and Resurrection

The harmony of the gospels reveals some significant differences seen through the eyes of the four apostles, portraying from their unique perspective highlights of the Lord’s death and resurrection. For instance, Luke records while on the cross, the rebuke of one robber to the other for mocking Jesus, and the Lord’s response that, “that very day he would be with Him (Jesus) in paradise” (Luke 23:40-43). Matthew, Mark, and Luke record how darkness covered the whole land during the last three hours of the crucifixion, while John was silent. Matthew and Mark write that at the ninth hour Jesus cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Luke writes: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” John has no record of this, other than: “it is finished.” Again, the three synoptic gospels write of the curtain of the temple being torn in two while there is no record of this in the John’s gospel. It seems Matthew, Mark, and Luke were concerned with reporting how Christ’s death on the cross accomplished redemption. The darkness, Jesus crying out to the Father while being separated and made sin on our behalf, and the temple curtain being rent, shows that redemption being accomplished now opened the way to God. All three point to the marvelous redemption aspect of our Lord’s death. John, however spoke of Jesus as a grain of wheat, that falling into the earth and dying would bear much fruit (Jn. 12:24). There is no such record of this in the synoptic gospels. John writes uniquely, of Jesus’s bones not being broken while on the cross, and how when one of the soldiers pierced His side out came “blood and water” (Jn.19:34). Blood speaks of redemption while water speaks of life, and regeneration. This is very much keeping with John’s emphasis on Life; that is the eternal “Zoe” life of God. No other gospel uses the word, “life”, as does John. He writes “I have come that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (Jn.10:10b). As human beings, our two fold problem, sin and death are dealt with. While the first three gospel authors’ point to the redemptive side of the Lord’s death, John points to the life-releasing aspect that produces the church. The Bible is marvelous, showing the complete picture of the Lord’s death and resurrection, to free us from sin and impart His eternal life (Spirit) into us!