How do the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John paint differing portraits of Jesus?

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The greatest difference between the portraits of Jesus according to Matthew, Luke, Mark and John is that whereas Matthew, Luke and Mark paint portraits of Jesus as a natural man who has elements of divinity, John paints a portrait of Jesus as divine and the earthly extension of God.

For instance, Matthew Chapter 1 presents the most extensive tracing of Jesus's genealogy in order to establish his earthly authority, whereas John Chapter 1 presents the divine "genealogy" of Jesus by identifying him as the "Word" and associating him with an active part in the Creation in order to establish his divine spiritual authority:

[The] Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us ....  (John 1:1-3 & 14 New International Version)

In contrast, Luke Chapter 1 begins "to draw up an account of the things" (NIV) that...

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