Why four Gospels? This was always a question I had growing up in a Christian home and going to church very regularly from Sunday to Sunday. So I figured it was about time I figured it out for myself.
One thing is for sure. Matthew very much has a different flavour than each of the other Gospels. Each of the statements that he makes are inspired by the Holy Spirit, but I am one that believes that in some miraculous way, the LORD designed the Bible in such a way that the inspired writers were also given an opportunity to give of their personalities as well when writing. Matthew's Gospel is a very good example of a book whose author shines through - not as the main character - but as a grateful follower of Jesus Christ. As Warren Wiersbe explains in his introduction, Matthew's experience with Jesus in Matthew 9:9-17 shows a gracious exchange between a Saviour and the one needing to be saved. Matthew, a tax-collector and Jesus, a sinner-collector; rips Matthew from the hands of Satan and brings him into eternal life through his promises of resurrection. Matthew's Gospel, among other things, is a thank-offering for what Jesus has done in his life. Matthew's name, we are told, means 'Gift of God'. And so he is.