Luke

Luke

Luke 2:1-21 – The Birth of Jesus Christ

It would have appeared at the time that Caesar Augustus ruled the world – after all as Augustus issues a world-wide decree. And yet Caesar Augustus’ decree is simply a small part of the workings of God to bring a young couple to Bethlehem in Judea – so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. Caesar Augustus’ census highlights the defeat of God’s people…

Luke 1:57-80 – The Birth of John the Baptist

Finally, Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptizer. Zechariah now acts in faith by naming his son, John the name Gabriel had given to him nine months earlier. In doing so he demonstrates that he believes what Gabriel had said about John being the forerunner of God’s coming. The result of this is…

Luke 1:39-56 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

When Gabriel announced the good news to Mary, Mary simply believed without asking for a sign. Zechariah did ask for a sign – how shall I know this. Asking in unbelief, Zechariah received no sign apart from the sign of his unbelief – deafness/muteness. Mary, believing but not asking for a sign, was given one to confirm her faith. Mary was told to visit her cousin Elizabeth…

Luke 1:1-38 – Two Births Foretold

The story of the New Testament begins sounding very much like the Old Testament – a priest from the division of Abijah, a daughter of Aaron, righteousness described as walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord – and barrenness in a godly woman. Zechariah was chosen by lot to burn incense in the temple offering the prayers of Israel to God on…

Luke 24 – He is risen indeed

Two wonderful quotes about the resurrection are below (Friedrich Krummacher, Russell Moore): In that mourning group [of women] you see only the first divinely quickened germs of the future kingdom of the divine Sufferer. From a few, a multitude that no man can number will before long proceed.  But sometime before dawn on Sunday morning, a spike-torn hand twitched. A…

Luke 23:26-56 – The Death of Christ

As Jesus is led away, the Romans seize Simon of Cyrene to carry Jesus’ cross. Simon of Cyrene is not voluntarily giving his service in submission to the Christ – the context is a continuation of their mockery of Jesus as king. Jesus as king had exercised his right as Lord to lay claim to a donkey and an upper room – now others exercise their right to a man’s service…

Luke 22:39-51 – Gethsemane

Jesus left the upper room for the Mount of Olives singing Psalms such as 116 and 118 – worth reading to know what Jesus sung the night before he died. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knelt and prayed asking, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” What is the cup? The cup is a symbol of the judgment and wrath…

Luke 22:1-38 – The Last Supper

Satan entered Judas Iscariot but not to restrict his use of his body or mind as usually occurred when people had an unclean spirit afflict them. Satan entered Judas to empower Judas to do the act of betrayal that Judas had already determined in his own heart. It seems incredible that Judas with so much privilege agreed to hand Jesus over for money – and not much money at…