If you are a Bible reader, you must have noticed how the first four books of the New Testament often referred to as the “Four Gospels” tell about the same stories–basically, all four narrate the life and work of Jesus. When I first started reading the Bible, I was a little bit perplexed with why it was necessary to include all four books and not just pick one since they just contained the same stories. However, as I continued to study His Word, I found the answer to my question.
When you read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will see that although the stories are pretty much the same, they are being narrated by each author in a unique light–each presents a distinct perspective on the same events. All four books are there because a single account from one person could not possibly capture the complete picture of Jesus Christ’s existence and character.
If you are interested in knowing more about this matter, a post on the National Catholic Register entitled, “How are the gospel authors different?” discusses this subject in detail.