Do you know how many of the gospels contain the Christmas story? The answer is that only two, since only Matthew and Luke relate the birth of Jesus. The other two gospels, Mark, the earliest, and John, the latest, start with the Baptism of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark is the shortest and the most direct gospel story, as it starts with the public life of Jesus. The Gospel of John is more spiritual and opens with the beautiful theological prologue about the “Word” (Λόγος) with echoes of the Genesis story of creation.