I like Thomas too...
And Why I like John...
Cause: Jesus healed on the Sabbath
Effect: Jews saught to kill Him.
I wouldn't put so much weight on the incident at the temple, because they tried to capture/kill Jesus several times before and after that event, unless you're implying that this is the straw that broke the camels back, but even that's speculation.
Honestly I don't see a conflict between the Gospels
I see three JEWS trying to spoonfeed the scribes/pharisees, and other Jews a New Doctrine. John doesn't care to hold the Jews hands nor to be a Christ apologists (one of the reasons He is my favorite). The conflict is not amongst the disciples.
Here is the difference between the three.
Matthew says they plotted to kill Jesus after He heeled a sick man(Matthew 12) chronologically before the temple incident
Mark concurs(Mark 3)
So does Luke(Luke 6)
So does John(John 5)
(You probably missed these)
oh yeah, and if you read the chapters you'll see that there are no "implications", just straight "chronologically causal" facts.
However John, taking a stance, was the only one not to omit this important bit:
16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God
Matthew held it down too, but He chose the more diplomatic route
6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Now I don't see any contradictions at all
I see omissions, but if each of them attempted to include everything Christ said and did...
u get the picture
I see four people sharing one story to dissimilar audiences
I still stand firm in believing that there are no laws against literary appeal and foreshadow
also I hold that John was writing to a much different audience, one of the first rules of writing is to 'KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE'
as far as Chronology goes, what "motive" do you have for the different things each Disciple chose to point out about the Birth and adolescence of Christ....
this ought to be interesting.