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Gospels

The four records or testimonies of Jesus’ mortal life and the events pertaining to his ministry contained in the first four books of the New Testament. Written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, they are recorded witnesses of Christ’s life. The book of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon is similar in many ways to these four New Testament Gospels.

The books of the New Testament were originally written in Greek. The Greek word for gospel means “good news.” The good news is that Jesus Christ has made an atonement that will redeem all mankind from death and reward each individual according to his works (John 3:16; Rom. 5:10–11; 2 Ne. 9:26; Alma 34:9; D&C 76:69).

Harmony of the Gospels

The teachings of the Savior in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John can be compared with each other and with latter-day revelation in the following way:

Harmony of the Gospels

Event

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Latter-day Revelation

Genealogies of Jesus

1:2–17

 

3:23–38

   

Birth of John the Baptist

   

1:5–25, 57–58

   

Birth of Jesus

2:1–15

 

2:6–7

 

1 Ne. 11:18–20; 2 Ne. 17:14; Mosiah 3:5–8; Alma 7:10; Hel. 14:5–12; 3 Ne. 1:4–22

Simeon’s and Anna’s prophecies

   

2:25–39

   

Visit to the temple (Passover)

   

2:41–50

   

Beginning of John’s ministry

3:1, 5–6

1:4

3:1–3

1:6–14

 

Baptism of Jesus

3:13–17

1:9–11

3:21–22

1:32–34

1 Ne. 10:7–10; 2 Ne. 31:4–21

Temptations of Jesus

4:1–11

 

4:1–13

   

John the Baptist’s testimony

     

1:15–36

D&C 93:6–18, 26

Marriage feast at Cana (Jesus’ first miracle)

     

2:1–11

 

First cleansing of the temple

     

2:14–17

 

Meeting with Nicodemus

     

3:1–10

 

Samaritan woman at the well

     

4:1–42

 

Jesus rejected at Nazareth

4:13–16

 

4:16–30

   

Fishermen called to be fishers of men

4:18–22

1:16–20

     

Miraculous filling of fishnets

   

5:1–11

   

Raising of Jairus’s daughter

9:18–19, 23–26

5:21–24, 35–43

8:41–42, 49–56

   

Healing of woman with issue of blood

9:20–22

5:25–34

8:43–48

   

The calling of the Twelve

10:1–42

3:13–19; 6:7–13

6:12–16; 9:1–2; 12:2–12, 49–53

 

1 Ne. 13:24–26, 39–41; D&C 95:4

Raising of widow’s son

   

7:11–15

   

Anointing of Christ’s feet

   

7:36–50

12:2–8

 

Stilling of the storm

 

4:36–41

8:22–25

   

The calling of the Seventy

   

10:1

 

D&C 107:25, 34, 93–97

Casting of legion of devils into swine

 

5:1–20

     

The Sermon on the Mount

5–7

 

6:17–49

 

3 Ne. 12–14

The parables of Jesus are short stories that compare an ordinary object or event to a truth. Jesus often used them to teach spiritual truths.

Sower:

13:3–9, 18–23

4:3–9, 14–20

8:4–8, 11–15

   

Tares:

13:24–30, 36–43

     

D&C 86:1–7

Mustard seed:

13:31–32

4:30–32

13:18–19

   

Leaven:

13:33

 

13:20–21

   

Treasure in the field:

13:44

       

Pearl of great price:

13:45–46

       

Fisherman’s net:

13:47–50

       

Householder:

13:51–52

       

Lost sheep:

18:12–14

 

15:1–7

   

Lost coin:

   

15:8–10

   

Prodigal son:

   

15:11–32

   

Unmerciful servant:

18:23–35

       

Good Samaritan:

   

10:25–37

   

Unjust steward:

   

16:1–8

   

Lazarus and the rich man:

   

16:14–15, 19–31

   

Unjust judge:

   

18:1–8

   

Good Shepherd:

     

10:1–21

3 Ne. 15:17–24

Laborers in vineyard:

20:1–16

10:31

     

Pounds:

   

19:11–27

   

Two sons:

21:28–32

       

Wicked husbandman:

21:33–46

12:1–12

20:9–20

   

Wedding of king’s son:

22:1–14

 

14:7–24

   

Ten virgins:

25:1–13

 

12:35–36

 

D&C 45:56–59

Talents:

25:14–30

       

Sheep, goats:

25:31–46

       

Feeding the five thousand

14:16–21

6:33–44

9:11–17

6:5–14

 

Jesus walked on the water

14:22–33

6:45–52

 

6:16–21

 

Peter’s testimony of Christ

16:13–16

8:27–29

9:18–20

   

Peter promised keys of kingdom

16:19

       

Bread of Life sermon

     

6:22–71

 

Healing of blind man on the Sabbath

     

9:1–41

 

Transfiguration; priesthood keys committed

17:1–13

9:2–13

9:28–36

 

D&C 63:20–21; 110:11–13

Blessing of children

19:13–15

10:13–16

18:15–17

   

Lord’s prayer

6:5–15

 

11:1–4

   

Lazarus restored

     

11:1–45

 

Triumphal entry

21:6–11

11:7–11

19:35–38

12:12–18

 

Moneychangers cast out of temple

21:12–16

11:15–19

19:45–48

   

Widow’s mite

 

12:41–44

21:1–4

   

Discourse on the Second Coming

24:1–51

13:1–37

12:37–48; 17:20–37; 21:5–38

 

D&C 45:16–60; JS—M 1:1–55

Healing of ten lepers

   

17:12–14

   

Jesus’ last Passover; sacrament instituted; instructions to the Twelve; washing of disciples’ feet

26:14–32

14:10–27

22:1–20

13–17

 

Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane

26:36–46

14:32–42

22:40–46

 

2 Ne. 9:21–22; Mosiah 3:5–12; D&C 19:1–24

Jesus is the vine

     

15:1–8

 

Judas’s betrayal

26:47–50

14:43–46

22:47–48

18:2–3

 

Hearing before Caiaphas

26:57

14:53

22:54, 66–71

18:24, 28

 

Hearing before Pilate

27:2, 11–14

15:1–5

23:1–6

18:28–38

 

Hearing before Herod

   

23:7–10

   

Jesus scourged and mocked

27:27–31

15:15–20

 

19:1–12

 

The Crucifixion

27:35–44

15:24–33

23:32–43

19:18–22

Hel. 14:20–27; 3 Ne. 8:5–22; 10:9

The Resurrection

28:2–8

16:5–8

24:4–8

   

Jesus’ appearance to disciples

 

16:14

24:13–32, 36–51

20:19–23

 

Jesus’ appearance to Thomas

     

20:24–29

 

The Ascension

 

16:19–20

24:50–53