He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord … Continue reading Who am I, and why am I here?
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:4 NIV) This first temptation of Jesus by Satan immediately raises the question, “if not bread alone, then what else?” Matthew’s account gives the answer, … Continue reading Angels, dreams, stars, prophets and Jesus
But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: he locked John up in prison. (Luke 3:19-20 NIV) There are two issues here: is speaking out against evil right and appropriate? and who … Continue reading Denouncing evil
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" (Luke 3:3-4 NIV) One of the … Continue reading Understanding who we are through God’s words
Simeon’s first words about the 8 day old Jesus must have seemed a little unbelievable to both Jesus’ parents and any onlookers who overheard, because he stated quite clearly the extraordinary idea that this child represented God’s rescue plan for humanity, both Jew and Gentile: For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have … Continue reading The controversial Jesus
Luke was a doctor. He had possibly been a slave, the family physician of a wealthy family, but he was educated in the Greek medical tradition. At some stage in his life he met Paul and the focus of his life changed, becoming the traveling physician of Paul's missionary band. It may have been that … Continue reading Luke introduces the main protagonist: Jesus
Luke 2:25-40 In the second chapter of Luke we meet two new characters, both old age pensioners, although there was presumably no old age pension in those days. They both are extraordinary people. The first is Simeon, a man described as righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel.” The second is Anna, an … Continue reading Contentment and passion in old age. Simeon and Anna.
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live. (Luke 1:74-75 NLT) Zechariah does not come across initially as a man of great faith. He is represented as a doubter when we first meet him in Luke's gospel. … Continue reading The reason for Jesus, the reason for us
Luke 1:31-33 NIV You are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end. The first mention of the name Jesus … Continue reading Coming King