Sunday, October 21, 2012

Introduction to the Gospel of Luke

The largest numbers of details surrounding the birth of Jesus are recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Luke was a physician and was probably the only non-Jewish writer in the New Testament. Luke wanted readers to understand that Jesus was not only the Son of God, but also a man; that’s why Luke often uses the title, Son of Man for Jesus and Luke traces Jesus’ genealogy all the way back to the first man, Adam.
According to Luke, Jesus lived the perfect life as a man, and thus became the perfect sacrifice for our sins, so we may be saved. At the heart of this Gospel are parables that show the compassion of Jesus as the pursuing Savior in which He is liken to characters whose search for a lost coin, for lost sheep and a lost son.
Luke recorded all these stories and events about Jesus for the helpless and loss and confused people of every era. Before Luke wrote his gospel he did extensive research, he was not an eye witness of the life of Jesus, so Luke begins by explaining that he is reporting the facts after carefully investigation from various sources, he was a close friend and traveling companion of Paul, which allowed him to interview those who were eye witnesses, such as the disciples and to check other historical accounts
Luke watched the growth of the early church and wrote the history of that period which is called the Acts of the Apostles, you may know it as the Book of Acts.
As you listen notice how the Gospel of Luke is especially important for understanding the way of salvation and note the historical details as well as the warm sensitive understanding that Jesus showed for those that were around Him

October 20
Read Luke 1

Highlights: Virgin birth of Jesus foretold; Mary's visit to Elizabeth; Mary's praise; birth of John the Baptist.
The angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luke 1:30-32.
Then we read that Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste... into the house of Zacharias a priest, whose wife, Elisabeth, was Mary's cousin.
When Mary arrived, she greeted Elisabeth. And, immediately, Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:39:43.
How delightful this must have been to Mary's heart. Instead of suspicion there was salutation and miraculous revelation from Elisabeth who felt so privileged and yet unworthy of being in the presence of the mother of her Messiah.
Following this, the Holy Spirit speaks through Mary, saying: My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.... For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and Holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. Luke 1:46-50.
After being unable to speak, Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David;.... To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Luke 1:67-69, 77.
The greatness of that promise Child was threefold. It related first to His divine origin. He was to be called the Son of the Highest and shalt call his name Jesus. because He shall save his people from their sins. Secondly, not only does Jesus deliver us from the curse of sin, but He raises us to the high heritage of adopted sons Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5. And most glorious of all, He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:33.

Thought for Today: Magnifying and praising the LORD are two of our most blessed privileges.
Read Luke 1
Bible Pathway Ministry