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A powerful way to better understand Jesus Christ is to study carefully his life. Often we think that we know everything about a scriptural event, but sometimes we only know the details from one Gospel account. I remember talking with a colleague once who said, “What do you think about the wild beasts that were with Christ during his temptations?” I said, “What are you talking about, there’s no mention of wild beasts!” I was thinking of the Matthew and Luke accounts, but my friend was thinking of Mark 1:13.

One way to more closely study the Savior’s life is a synopsis study, which entails a side-by-side reading of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, looking for similarities and differences in the accounts. A careful study of key events such as Christ’s baptism, the last supper, his experiences in Gethsemane, his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection, can help us know him better.

This week, studying Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3 (plus John 1) gives us a great opportunity to do a close study of the Savior’s baptism. You can learn more about synopsis studies and download free side-by-side handout to help you study the Savior’s baptism here:

Click below to watch a video introduction to a synopsis study: