We need Gospels for complete understanding of Jesus
by Billy Graham
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Q: I’d never read the Bible much, but this year I made a New Year’s resolution to read through the New Testament, and so far I’ve kept it. But why are there four accounts of Jesus’ life instead of just one? They all seem to tell the same story. — Mrs. V.P.

A: I commend you for carrying through on your commitment; I’m afraid most New Year’s resolutions die after only a few weeks! And God will bless you, not just for persevering, but also because the Bible is God’s Word and He will speak to you through it. May your experience be like that of the disciples outside Jerusalem after the resurrection: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he ... opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).

All four Gospels tell about us about the life and ministry of Jesus, and on the surface they may seem very similar. But each one contains information that isn’t found in the others, and we need all four if we’re to get a complete understanding of who Jesus was and what He came into the world to do. Each Gospel is like a unique portrait, showing us new things about Jesus.

At the same time, all four Gospels focus on Jesus. As you read, you’ll discover that Jesus was far more than a great man or a wise teacher. He was God in human flesh, sent from heaven to demonstrate God’s love for us. He did this by giving His life as the final sacrifice for our sins.

As you read the Bible, ask God to help you see Jesus as He really is. Then may you respond by trusting Him as your Savior and giving Him your life. Jesus said, “Whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26).

Q: How can God possibly keep track of all the prayers that people offer up every day? There must be hundreds of millions of them. I know God is bigger than we are, but this seems impossible. — Mrs. A. McC.

A: If God were just like we are (only somewhat bigger), then you might be right. After all, you and I are limited, and it’s easy for us to think that God must be limited also.

But God isn’t limited! We are finite, but He is infinite. We are limited, but He is unlimited. We occupy only one small corner of the universe, but He is everywhere. And no matter how much we think we know, our knowledge is still very small, like one grain of sand on the seashore, but His is complete and total. The Psalmist exclaimed, “How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!” (Psalm 92:5).

But something else about God is infinite — and that is His love. If God didn’t love us, we wouldn’t have any reason to think He is concerned about us or hears our prayers. But He does love us, and the proof is that He sent His only Son into the world to save us. Jesus did this by giving His life for us on the cross. Have you committed your life to Him?

Don’t worry about God losing track of your prayers; He won’t. God is far greater than that, and you can trust His promise to hear your prayers and answer them according to His will. In fact, God delights in our prayers, just as parents delight in their child’s words. The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.

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