“In the beginning was the Word [Christ Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it [overcome it].” John 1:1-5.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting [eternity].” Micah 5:2.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
The four gospels present Jesus Christ in four different ways. In the book of Matthew He is revealed as King, in Mark He is shown as a servant, in Luke He is portrayed as a man, finally John shows Him as God.
This is why we have four different books that seem to differ, yet when they are harmonized, and they have been, everything fits hand in glove. Only God can do this.
If you have a study Bible you may be able to find a harmony of the gospels in the back.
If you would like to read a harmonization, try to locate, “The Life Of Christ In Stereo”, by Johnston M. Cheney, publisher Western Baptist Press.
Within the first year of His ministry Jesus attended a wedding, during which the host ran out of wine; Jesus’ mother asked Him to do something about this. Since there were six empty stone waterpots on hand Jesus told the servants:
“Fill the waterpots with water.” John 2:7a.
The servants filled the waterpots to the brim, which amounted to about 140 gallons total.
“And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it.” John 2:8.
The master of the feast, not knowing that water had been turned to wine, complimented the bridegroom on the excellent quality of the wine.
“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” John 2:11.
Again Jesus returned to Cana of Galilee and was met by a nobleman who came to plead with Him to heal his son.
“The nobleman said to Him, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your son lives.’ So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, ‘Your son lives!’” John 4:49-51.
“This again is the second sign that Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.” John 4:54.
Jesus went up to Jerusalem during a certain feast and He went to the pool of Bethesda which had many sick lying around it. Finding a man who had been infirm for thirty-eight years, He asked if the man would like to be made well.
After receiving a despairing answer Jesus healed him.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” John 5:8-9.
After crossing over the Sea of Galilee (aka the Sea of Tiberias) the Lord went up on a mountain and seeing a great multitude He asked the disciples, testing them, where they could get enough food to feed all these people.
One of His disciples, Andrew, mentioned a lad who had a small amount of food.
“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.” John 6:9-11.
The count given for this crowd is men only and does not include women and children, so the total may have been ten thousand or more and still twelve baskets of bread fragments were gathered up.
Immediately after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus sent His disciples away in their boat while He went up on a mountain to pray.
“Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and [thinking He was a ghost] they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” John 6:18-21.
Again in Jerusalem Jesus came across a man blind from birth and the disciples ask Him why the man was born blind. Was it because the parents had sinned or did he himself sin (in the womb).
“Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:3-7.
I would like you to read all of these accounts because I have left out a lot of narrative, but even if you do not read any of them read John chapter 9 in its entirety, I cannot do it justice here.
In my opinion aside from the resurrection of Christ, the raising of Lazarus from the dead (John chapter 11) is the most incredible of all the miracles.
We find Jesus in an unidentified location when he received a message from Mary and Martha of Bethany that their brother Lazarus was sick.
In John 11:5 it says specifically that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and yet He stayed where He was for another two days.
Knowing that Lazarus was dead Jesus set out for Bethany anyway and upon His arrival the Lord found that the man had already been in the tomb four days.
When Martha heard that He was nearby she went out to meet Jesus and then returned to persuade her sister to join them, then they and a large crowd went to the tomb.
“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone’. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying, and Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’ Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’” John 11:38-44.
Again, in this seventh sign, the passage cannot be done justice without reading the whole of chapter eleven.
Concerning the resurrection of Jesus read Matthew chapter 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ could also be considered an eighth sign.
“Him [Jesus], being delivered up by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2:23-24.
When he was instructed to write the book of Revelation the Apostle John was a prisoner on the island of Patmos. On the Lord’s Day he was in the Spirit when he heard a voice behind him saying.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last…” Revelation 1:11a.
When the apostle turned around to see who was is talking to him, he saw the risen glorified Christ.
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.’” Revelation 1:17-18.
“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’” Revelation 5:13.
“Again, the next day, John [the Baptist not John the apostle] stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’” John 1:35-36.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” Revelation 11:15.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.’” Revelation 21:4-6.
Christ Omnipotent, Part 2 taken from godisrevealed.com posted on 9-2-15, updated on 5-13-19.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.