THREE PORTRAITS OF THE LORD JESUS
Recently Rolf Harris introduced a series on TV (BBC) entitled
"Star Portraits". In each programme three portrait painters painted a
well-known personality. It was fascinating to see how each artist
caught a different aspect of their sitter's personality on canvas.
The same can be said of the Gospel writers and their depiction of the
Lord Jesus. Together they present a complementary witness to Jesus
Each Gospel contains a rich, multilayered Christology, but our studies
consider their main focus (Matthew represents the Messiah; Mark the
Servant of the Lord, Luke Jesus the Saviour, and John the Son of God).
The realisation of the individual perspectives and writing styles of
the Evangelists should make us aware that the inspiration of Scripture
was no mechanical process. The writers were not word processors! The
Holy Spirit did not override human interests and abilities - rather he
used them to produce three dynamic portraits of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This truth reminds us that nobody can claim a monopoly on God's truth.
God shares his self revelation. Our fellowship with fellow Christians
will be enriched as we share our knowledge and experience of the Lord.
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