How many of you have ever heard of or seen the movie Vantage Point? It’s a 2008 thriller film that focuses on the assassination attempt on the President of the United States, as seen from the various vantage points of different characters? Four characters played by Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, and William Hurt, all give their account and the event is re-enacted from their perspective. Does that sound vaguely familiar to you? I’ve been on a mission to re-read the bible in its entirety. While meditating yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of the similarities of this movie and the Gospels.
The Gospels refer to the first four books of the New Testament, describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Their vantage point recounts the series of events from several different perspectives and viewpoints in order to reveal a truthful account of what happened.
John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Isn’t it great to know that God always has a strategy. The life of Jesus is the most important event in our history. The first Christians had no need to write anything down. They were blessed and didn’t even know it. They walked with him, talked with him, listen to him and even watched him die. Even the accounts that the discipled shared with the people were first hand knowledge of the life of Jesus so nothing was recorded for years. But as I said before, God always has a plan. He is the Master Strategist.
After Salvation was sent to our future to wait on us (okay, I know that was way to deep for some of you but you will get there) and things begin to change God knew we would need to have an account of the life of Jesus. He provided four different perspectives. Matthew, Mark and Luke give us an account and insight into the teachings and miracles of Jesus while John gives an account of his early life and gives saying by Jesus not found in the other three books.
As you take time to meditate on the Gospels make sure to take into account that these four men all had different vantage points as they share about the teachings and life of Jesus. In an effort to better understand and reveal a truthful account about his life the Gospels should be read and studied together. When you do this you unlock a whole new vantage point into the life of our Savior.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.