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What are the Portraits of Jesus Christ? (Part 4)

Updated on January 29, 2010
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The Synoptic and Apocalyptic Portraits of Jesus Christ

Synoptic Portraits of Christ

A careful comparison of the four Gospels reveals that Matthew, Mark, and Luke are noticeably similar whole John is quite different.

However, because of this agreement or similarity, these three books are called the Synoptic Gospels which is a combination of syn, which means "together with" and optic, which means "seeing together" (or in agreement with each other.)

In this concept, Matthew, Mark, and Luke pictured out Jesus Christ respectively, hence, it is called the Synoptic portraits of Christ.

A Mathematical comparison shows that 91 percent of Mark's Gospel is contained in Matthew, while 53 percent of Mark is found in Luke.

Book of Matthew: Christ, Kingly Messiah

The Greek term christos is equivalent to the Hebrew mashiakh, "anointed one", and both terms are translated as Christ or Messiah.

As translated in the bible the name "Jesus" (see Matthew 1:23) is the Greek form of Joshua which means "the Lord saves."

The visit of the Magi (wise men-scholars from the East)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod's kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, "Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We're on pilgrimage to worship him." (Matthew 2:1-2 MSG)

Jesus Christ, the Kingly Messiah is the fulfillment of the God's promised. The fulfillment of God's covenant with King David as was said in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 "For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever."

Mathew 21:5 "Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "

Matthew 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."

Lots of references in the Holy Bible proving the identity of Jesus Christ as King Messiah. The portrait that is described by Matthew just proved that Jesus is the King the one promised for the salvation of God's people.

Book of Mark: Miracle-worker and tireless servant of God and man.

The Holy Bible tells us the miracles and wonders that Jesus Christ had done during His ministry when He was here on earth. If we have to account all these miracles, as stated a book is not even enough to write all those things, but in order for us to believe... these accounts were written.

This portrait of Jesus as miracle-worker and tireless servant of God and man demonstrates His divinity and compassion by His mighty works of mercy and help.

Mark 6:2 says, "And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!" (NKJV)

The people’s amazement at Jesus’ teaching was due to the wisdom of his teaching and his power to heal and cast out demons.• Where did he get: His quiet years in Nazareth had not prepared them to accept him as an authoritative teacher and healer.

The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Water changed to wine, John 2:9

Nobleman's son, John 4:46

Catch of fishes, Luke 5:6

Demon-possessed man in the synagogue, Mark 1:26; Luke 4:35

Peter's mother-in-law healed, Matt 8:14; Mark 1:31; Luke 4:38

Cleansing the leper, Matt 8:3; Mark 1:41; Luke 5:13

Paralyzed man, Matt 9:2; Mark 2:3; Luke 5:18

Helpless man healed, John 5:5

Withered hand, Matt 12:10; Mark 3:1; Luke 6:6

Centurion's servant, Matt 8:5; Luke 7:2

Raising the widow's son, Luke 7:11

Demon-possessed, Matt 12:22; Luke 11:14

Storm calmed, Matt 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24

Demon-possessed men of Gadara, Matt 8:28; Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26

Raising of Jairus' daughter, Matt 9:18; Mark 5:42; Luke 8:41

Hemorrhage, Matt 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43

Blind man, Matt 9:27

Demon-possessed man, Matt 9:32

Feeding five thousand, Matt 14:15; Mark 6:41; Luke 9:12; John 6:5

Walking on the sea, Matt 14:25; Mark 6:49; Luke 6:19

Daughter of Canaanite, Matt 15:22; Mark 7:25

Feeding four thousand, Matt 15:32; Mark 8:8

Deaf and mute healed, Mark 7:33

Blind man, Mark 8:23

Lunatic child, Matt 17:14; Mark 9:26; Luke 9:37

Tax money, Matt 17:24

Ten lepers, Luke 17:12

Blind man, John 9:1

Lazarus raised, John 11

Woman with the spirit of sickness, Luke 13:11

Man with dropsy, Luke 14:2

Blind men, Matt 20:30; Mark 10:46

Cursing the fig tree, Matt 21:19

Maichus healed, Luke 22:51

Second catch of fishes, John 21:6

His resurrection, Luke 24:6; John 10:18

Appearing to his disciples, Matt 28:17; John 20:26

Book of Luke: The Friend of Sinners and Outcasts

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (NIV)

Jesus Christ himself, who was truly man, and the Messiah, and which was one of his names in the Old Testament:is come: from heaven, into this world, being sent by the Father, and with full consent and good will of his own: to seek and save that which was lost: as all his elect were in Adam, and by their own actual transgressions; and are considered as such, whilst in a state of unregeneracy: and particularly the lost sheep of the house of Israel are meant, one of which Zacchaeus was; and so the words are a reason of Christ's looking him up, and calling him by his grace, and making a discovery of himself, and an application of salvation to him; as said in Matt 18:11 "For the son of man has come to save that which was lost." (NKJV) Please note though that other manuscripts do not have verse eleven of Matthew Chapter 18. You may find it in the footnotes.

Apocalyptic Portraits of Christ

The Faithful Witness, Rev 1:5 "Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spiritsbefore his throne and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth."

John gives three descriptions of Jesus Christ

(1) As the faithful witness, Jesus is our model for proclaiming the Good News of salvation, Rev 1:2 "who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.".

(2) The truth that Jesus was the first to rise from the dead is foundational to Christian faith, 1 Cor 15:14, 17 "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith... And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." (NIV)

(3) As ruler of all the kings of the world Rev 17:14 " They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."; Rev 19:16 "On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (NIV); He is the absolute Lord of everything.

He was from eternity a witness to all the counsels of God John. 1:18 "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known." And he was in time a faithful witness to the revealed will of God, who has now spoken to us by his Son; upon his testimony we may safely depend, for he is a faithful witness, cannot be deceived and cannot deceive us.

The Alpha and Omega, Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, 'says the Lord,' who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (NKJV)

I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end” (literally I am the Alpha and the Omega): I am is the name of God in the OT (Pls. see Exod 3:13-14; 6:2; Deut 6:4). Jesus applied this name to himself (Pls. see John 4:26). Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet; they signify that God’s actions are all-encompassing. God is fully in control.

The Lion from the tribe of Judah, Rev 5:5 "But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loseits seven seals.” (NKJV)

Designations for Jesus as the Lion of . . . Judah as was said in Gen 49:9-10 and the heir to David’s throne (literally the root of David; Isaiah 11:10) are OT metaphors for the Messiah • Because Jesus won the victory at the cross, he is the only one worthy to open the scroll and reveal God’s purposes. God’s plan for history centers around Jesus and what he has done. His relationship to the scroll indicates his control of history.

The Lamb, Rev 17:14 "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

Whatever power they amass, the beast and ten kings as described in Rev 17:11-12, they have no hope of winning because Jesus is Lord of all lords as revealed in Rev 19:11-16. Those God has called and chosen and who remain faithful to him will stand with him as victors.

The Word of God, Rev 19:13 "He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God." (NKJV)

His name: The Word of God, a name that none fully knows but himself, only this we know, that this Word was God manifest in the flesh; but his perfections are incomprehensible by any creature.

Christ, the Eternal Word (John 1:1-18)

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son."

*King of kings, Lord of lords, Rev 19:16

The ensigns of his authority, his coat of arms—a name written on his vesture and thigh, King of kings, and Lord of lords, asserting his authority and power, and the cause of the quarrel, . An invitation given to the fowls of heaven, that they should come and see the battle, and share in the spoil and pillage of the field, intimating that this great decisive engagement should leave the enemies of the church a feast for the birds of prey, and that all the world should have cause to rejoice in the issue of it.

The battle joined. The enemy falls on with great fury, headed by the beast, and the kings of the earth; the powers of earth and hell gathered, to make their utmost effort. The victory gained by the great and glorious head of the church: The beast and the false prophet, the leaders of the army, are taken prisoners, both he who led them by power and he who led them by policy and falsehood; these are taken and cast into the burning lake, made incapable of molesting the church of God any more; and their followers, whether officers or common soldiers, are given up to military execution, and made a feast for the fowls of heaven. Though the divine vengeance will chiefly fall upon the beast, and the false prophet, yet it will be no excuse to those who fight under their banner that they only followed their leaders and obeyed their command; since they would fight for them, they must fall and perish with them.

"So, rebel-kings, use your heads;
Upstart-judges, learn your lesson:
Worship God in adoring embrace,
Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah!
Your very lives are in danger, you know;
His anger is about to explode,
But if you make a run for God—you won't regret it!, (Ps. 2:10, 12 MSG)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King of kings, the Lord of lords is coming to claim His bride.



The Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible (NJKV)

The New International Version Study Bible

The New Living Translation Study Bible


Commentaries (From e-sword)

Matthew Henry


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  • ajbless48 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Clearwater

    Amen! Thank you for your nice comment that is full of wisdom A M Werner. It is all for God's glory. Peace and blessings to you.

  • A M Werner profile image

    Allen Werner 

    9 years ago from West Allis

    I love the listing of the miracles. We forget that He came with power, not just words. It is important we remember that with the Holy Spirit, we must do the same. We cannot be like those have only words. The Lord must be allowed to work through us. Peace.


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