In the four Gospels found in the New Testament of the Bible, John provides a description of Jesus' ministry before he was crucified. The author of the book of John (and there is controversy over who actually wrote it) concentrates on Jesus as the incarnation (physical manifestation) of God, or rather, "God incarnate."
John presents Christ as Christ presented himself:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6 NIV)
John describes Jesus—the man and his works are so much more meaningful than they may first appear. John explains that Jesus is he who will guide believers onto the path to everlasting life; from there he will guide his followers to Heaven, the place from which he descended in the form of a man.
Matthew, Mark and Luke are synoptic gospels, meaning they share the same stories and sometimes even the same wording.
Based on research, Matthew, by inference, portrays Jesus as a man who is intellectually and spiritually grounded, yet loving and caring as well. If Matthew did indeed write this book (and scholars disagree), he was a man dedicated to Jesus while he was alive, and then spoke publicly, proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah after Christ was crucified and resurrected.
In the book of Mark, the author portrays Christ in a much stronger, and certainly more powerful manner than the other gospels:
Its swift narrative portrays Jesus as a heroic man of action, an exorcist, a healer and miracle worker.
Scholars observe that Mark portrays Jesus as a man who did not act like a messiah during his lifetime. During his life, Jesus did not encourage the disciples to identify who he was. The purpose for this has also resulted in a good deal of debate.
The final books is Luke's, the longest of the four gospels. Once again, there is disagreement as to who actually authored Luke.
The author portrays Christianity as divine, respectable, law-abiding, and international...
…and Christ is portrayed as one who exercises compassion for all, including those who were needy (the poor) and women (who were traditionally "second-class citizens in Jewish society and worship). In Jesus' tale of the "Good Samaritan," the Samaritan—of a race that was generally despised by the Jews—is praised for his compassion of the Jewish man who is robbed, left to die and ignored by the Levite and even a priest who pass by. In Luke we see Jesus as a figure with arms wide open in acceptance: even Gentiles were given the opportunity to learn of the Word and find salvation.