I remember years ago preparing a sermon on Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer. During my study, I discovered all four gospel writers spoke of this event. Since, at the time, I didn’t own a harmony of the gospels (a book presenting in parallel columns the same event from various gospels) here’s what I did.
I started off turning the pages in my Bible back and forth from Matthew to Mark to Luke to John and then back to Matthew.
After a few paper cuts, I devised a better plan. I photocopied from the Bible the Gethsemane verses from each gospel and then taped them together side by side. I made my own harmony!
That homemade harmony severed its purpose for that message, but thankfully today in Logos 6 there’s a much improved method, the Parallel Gospel Reader. Here’s one way to use it:
- Choose the Tools menu (A)
- Click the All Interactive resources link (B)
- Click Parallel Gospel Reader (this interactive resource is not available in all base packages) (C)
- Select a Bible such as the English Standard Version from the drop down list (this Bible will be used to display the verses) (D)
- Select, from the drop down list, a harmony such as A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson (E)
- Notice the table of contents listing events in the life of Jesus is displayed (F)
- Jump to the Gethsemane prayer using either of these methods:
- Scroll to section 152 (G)
- Type a reference from the event such as John 18:1 in the reference box (H)
- Press the Enter key
- Scroll to section 152 (G)
- Click the section title to display the verses (I)
- Notice the accounts of the same event from different gospel writers
I encourage you to carefully read several times the various accounts of Jesus’ prayer in the garden. As you do, you’ll see that Matthew, Mark, and Luke each present different details about the agonizing prayer.
Matthew uses words like troubled, very sorrowful even unto death, and fell on his face.
Mark adds greatly distressed and Abba.
Luke writes knelt down, angel from heaven strengthening him, and his sweat became like great drops of blood.
All three refer to this cup.
By comparing and contrasting these various accounts, you’ll discover this agonizing prayer was not a brief, easy time of reelection as is often portrayed in Hollywood movies. This was a spiritual wrestling match!
So as you’re studying the gospels, forget the paper and tape, but don’t forget this helpful interactive resource which quickly displays parallel passages from various harmonies of the gospels!
For more detailed information about working with all of the Interactive Resources as well as all of the new Logos 6 features please check out these new Logos 6 training products:
Also, for live, hands-on training please attend an upcoming Camp Logos: