|Writer||Theme (OT ref.)||Opens with:|
|Matthew||Behold your King (Zech 9:9)|
. . . David's righteous Branch (Jer 23:5,6)
|-Genealogy of Jesus through Joseph,|
establishes His right to David's throne.
|Mark||Behold My servant (Isa 42:1)|
. . . My Servant the Branch (Zech 3:8)
|-Jesus' baptism & entry into ministry.|
A servant's credentials are in His work.
|Luke||Behold the man (Zech 6:12)|
. . . The Man, whose name is the Branch.
|-Genealogy through Mary, establishes|
His physical descendancy from Adam.
|John||Behold your God (Isa 40:9)|
. . . The Branch of the Lord (Isa 4:2)
|-A statement of His eternal existence|
and role in the Godhead.
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