This story, told in separate accounts by four of Jesus’ followers, became known as the Gospel (“Good News”). Because the versions written by Mark, Matthew and Luke look at Jesus’ ministry from a similar point of view, they are known as the Synoptic Gospels. The Gospel of John, thought by scholars to have been written later than the others, contains miracles and incidents that the other three Gospel writers omitted.
The teachings of Jesus can be divided into three sections. The first contains Jesus’ parables, which he used to illustrate topics and themes, such as the nature of the kingdom of God, His compassionate mercy toward sinners, and the need to be prepared for the Last Judgment.