“The word synoptic means “to see together or alongside one another.”” (Varughese, 2006, p.271). Looking at the definition of synoptic, and after reading the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, one can see that Matthew, Mark and Luke are similar in their observations, but different point of views is given.
When one look at the accounts of John the Baptist, Matthew 3:1-6, Mark 1:2-6 and Luke 3:1-6 all tell about the teachings of John the Baptist. The same goes for the miracles Jesus performed in Galilee. The cleansing of the leper is a good example of the synoptic Gospel, Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45 and Luke 5:12-16 all give accounts of this event. This continues in several other accounts, such as the stilling of the storm, feeding of the five thousand, the parable of the sower, and many more.
Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus starts with his genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter 1. By doing this, Matthew points to the fulfillment of prophesy, making Jesus the Royal Messiah. Matthew also portrayed Jesus as “A teacher greater than Moses. “Just as Moses received and then delivered the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai, so now Jesus also deliver the Sermon on the Mount with an authority that surpasses that of Moses.” (Varughese, 2006, p.290). Lastly Matthew portraits Jesus as the Son of God. There are several times in Matthew, were Jesus is mentioned as the Son of God, for example in Matthew 16:16 “Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (NIV, 2007)
Mark and Matthew are very similar in the timelines and accounts of the life of Jesus. “Many scholars believe that Mark was the first Gospel to be written.” (Varughese, 2006, p.291). Mark is focused on the Good News and spreading of the Good News of salvation. “Throughout the Gospel, Mark presents Jesus as the powerful Son of God whose mission leads to suffering and death.” (Varughese, 2006, p.293). The Gospel of Mark is focused on the rejection of Jesus, His persecution, and eventually His death on the cross. Mark 8:31 “He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (NIV, 2007)
Luke was a historical researcher, and his purpose for writing the Gospel were to “draw up and account of the things that have been fulfilled among us …” (Varughese, 2006, p. 300). In Luke 7:13 shows the true compassion of Jesus when he saw a woman mourning the death of her only son. “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” (NIV, 2007) “Luke goes about writing an orderly account of the life of Jesus, from early life, His ministry and His death. Luke’s portrayal of Jesus includes showing Jesus’ Jewish heritage, that Jesus “was tender and compassionate to the plight of women” (Varughese & Hahn, 2005, p. 146), His “intense personal and social dislocation” and His compassion and forgiveness for sinners”.” (Hawkins, 2018).
By comparing the accounts from these three disciples, Matthew, Mark and Luke, one can come to the conclusion that Jesus was a kind and compassionate person. He walked the earth, and endured pain, suffering, torment, hatred, anger, sadness, just like any other person. The fact that Jesus is the Son of God is also very prevalent in these three Gospels, along with the message of salvation which is the most important message that these three Gospels portrait.