The Bible has four books dedicated to describing Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. As anyone familiar with the Bible would know, these books are the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
What’s amazing is how much the Gospels focus on the last week of Jesus’ final week. A third of the Gospels is devoted to it. Here’s the breakdown and statistics from chapter one of Andy Naselli’s new book How to Understand and Apply the New Testament:
The break down according to each of the Gospels:
- A third of Matthew, from Matthew 21-28
- A third of Mark, from Mark 11-16
- A quarter of Luke, from Luke 19-24
- Nearly half of John, from John 12-20
As one can see above the Gospel of John is the most concentrated upon the last week of Jesus. Furthermore nearly a third of the Gospel of John is dedicated to one day, from John 13-19.
What about a breakdown according to the total chapters of the Gospel? There are a total of 89 chapters from all four Gospels. Of those chapters 29 is on the final week. Again we see that it is a third of the Gospels.
These statistics led Andy Naselli to say “The Gospels are essentially passion narratives with extended introductions.” He’s right.
But what makes the passion narrative so important for Christians? It shows that at the heart of Jesus’ life and ministry is the sacrificial work of Christ as both the priest and the sacrifice for our sins.
Think about it.
Christ came and He died.
He died for your sins.
How much of your Christian life is concentrated on beholding the suffering and work of Christ on the Cross for our sins? When was the last time you were moved by the thought Jesus died on the cross for sinners and also the accompanying suffering even before He went on the Cross?
It is imperative that we align ourselves with what God emphasize. We should definitely study and meditate much on the final week of Christ for the sake of loving Him. For the sake of our own spiritual growth. For the sake of glorifying Jesus.