THE WITNESS OF THE
The coming, the ministry, the
death and resurrection of Christ were pivotal events in human history. God
came in the flesh, did great wonders, died for all our sins, was
resurrected and returned to Heaven. Many disciples, and thousands of
witnesses, witnessed these events. But, in time, all the witnesses would
have died, and the events would have been forgotten. God chose to have
four reliable sources to record the most critical events surrounding
Christ’s human life, for the benefit of all the future generations that
had to be saved.
What if God had not inspired
four accounts? What if He only had inspired one or two? Would that have
made any difference?
The human life of Christ was
the most important event that ever occurred on the Earth. His identity as
the Messiah was of critical importance to all future believers. Future
generations would have been taught about Christ, and the sources would
have had to be totally reliable. Matthew, Mark and John were written by
people who were with Christ. Luke was a doctor and a historian who wrote
the accounts based on interviews with people who witnessed the events. The
sources were, thus, totally reliable.
But why four? The answer could
be related to a rule established by God Himself in the Old Testament: “By
the mouth of two or three witnesses shall a matter be established” (Deut.
19:15). One witness could be erroneous, false or biased; two would
be sufficient; three would be ideal. Four witnesses, though, would have
undeniable. Thus, God made sure that the greatest event in human
history would be supported not by two or three witnesses, which would have
been sufficient, but by four which was above and beyond what was
God does everything for a
reason and having four Gospels had the very powerful reason to leave no
doubt that Christ did come, that He did do great works, that he did die
for us, and that he was resurrected. Let there be no doubt, therefore,
that we have an irrefutable Savior and a true living hope.
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