The Gospels Part 6 of 9: Luke

Luke 1:3-4
“…It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the CERTAINTY of those things in which you were instructed.

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Luke was a physician and the only non-Jewish writer of the Bible who wrote about the Perfect Man, Jesus.  Who better than a doctor, familiar with the physical workings of man, to write about the Perfect Man?


God’s Word Deals In Certainty.
Dr. Luke wrote his gospel in a letter to a young believer named, “Theophilus,” so that he would know the CERTAINTY of those things in which he was instructed.  How many young people today lack that sense of certainty? No wonder they turn to drugs, alcohol, and hedonistic lifestyles. They are floundering, having no security or sure foundation.

Priestly Gospel.
Like every Gospel, there is at least one part of the story of Jesus that is found nowhere else.  Luke has a couple of them.  He opens up with the account of John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, who was a priest.  This is the only place his story is documented.  

What is a priest?  Unlike a prophet who represents God to the people, he is a man who represents the people to God as an intermediary.  Such a one must be human, which is one reason Jesus had to born into this world. Let’s follow the story:

Luke 1:5
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.”

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Levitical Priest.
Remember Zecharias?  He is the priest to whom the Angel Gabriel appeared while he was offering prayers for the people at the altar of incense.  But because he did not believe him, the angel said, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

The story of Zecharias is not found in Matthew nor does it appear in Mark.  But all of a sudden, here in Luke, we read his story which appears nowhere else. Why? Because this is the priestly gospel, full of priestly grace.

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Son Of Man.
Luke portrays Jesus as the “Son of Man,” a phrase that appears more often in Luke’s Gospel that in any other. He documents not only His birth but His entire genealogy, unlike Matthew, proving He descended bodily from Adam. He didn’t take on human form like some parasite or invasion of the body snatchers.  NO.  He was fully human. 100% man AND 100% God.

Luke reveals to us the glory of this Perfect Man.  This is the only place where the details of Jesus birth and physical growing up are found. The story of his birth in Bethlehem is here.  No one else records this event.  No one else tells us of the angels who filled the sky or the shepherds who came to the manger where he was born.

For further study on this topic, you may follow the links below about His birth and THE INN in whose stable He was born.  This wasn’t just any inn. You’ll learn some very interesting, though little-known, history. Most fascinating of all are some amazing secrets is the Hebrew language. How did the shepherds know EXACTLY where to find the holy child based on the sketchy information given to them by the angel? Now you’ll know, too:

The Manger:  https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/eder-migdol-the-tower-of-the-flock-christmas-series-part-3/

The Inn:  https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/chimhams-inn-christmas-series-part-2/

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The story of Jesus as a young lad in the temple, asking the doctors of the law questions, is only recorded by Luke.  He asked these learned men questions, and when they could not answer, they asked Him what He thought.  He answered their questions with such wisdom and understanding that they were utterly amazed!

Of course, they had no idea that we’re talking to the One Who authored the scriptures and gave the Law on Mt. Sinai.  Yet, though He was far more intelligent than these aged scholars, He did not show them any disrespect or lord it over them, so to speak.  No.  He humbled Himself and took His place as the child of 13 that He was at that time.

From His birth, to the account of Him in the Temple at age 13, to adulthood, Luke proves that Jesus was born as a tiny human baby, physically grew up. He lived a normal, hidden, human life, growing in knowledge, in grace, in stature, and in favor with God and Man.

Deaf AND Dumb?
When John was born to Zacharias and Elizabeth, those who were present asked the father what they should name the boy.  So, if he was ONLY unable to speak, why did they do this? “They made signs to him what he should be called.”  

Why make signs to him if he was only struck dumb?  BECAUSE HE WAS NOT JUST DUMB BUT DEAF AS WELL.  Otherwise, they would only have had to speak to him and have him write the name on a tablet.

Why strike him deaf and dumb?  Remember what he said to the angel in the Holy Place?  He doubted the angel’s message!

Now, it was God’s intention to bless Zacharias and Elizabeth by answering their life-long prayer with a son.  But not just any son:  THE ONE who would become the “Voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” meaning Jesus.  Only the most important prophet of all time!

Well, you know how it is.  We humans are basically negative.  Instead of confessing what it is and what we don’t have, we need to grab hold of God’s promises and confess what He says; to call forth those things that are not as though they were.  Spouting negative and doubt is going to yield exactly that: What we don’t want.  Remember, words have POWER.  You get what you SAY.

Well, God couldn’t allow any negative communication or doubts emanating from Zecharias’ mouth, torpedoing his blessing.  So He arranged for that scenario to be impossible. If Zacharias could not speak or hear, he could not speak or hear any negative.

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“His Name Is John.”
Zacharias asked for a writing tablet and, as you know, wrote John’s name on it. John’s name means, “God’s grace.” As soon as wrote the name on that tablet, he was immediately able to speak again! This is no coincidence! Upon writing the word, “Grace,” his voice and hearing instantly returned. That’s right, folks: Grace opened his ears and loosed his tongue!

Secrets In Hebrew Names.
There is a wonderful message about Jesus in the meanings of the names of John and his parents.   This is another subject entirely, so if you’d like to read all about it, you may follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/god-remembered-his-promise/

The Law Of First Mention.
The “law of first-mention” is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.

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The very first mention of a “Writing tablet” is in the Old Testament where God wrote on “Tablets of stone” the Ten Commandment; and the very first mention of writing tablet in the New Testament is right here, in this story. It’s a picture of Law and Grace! Grace is greater than the law!

The first writing on tablets of stone in the Old Testament was Law.  The first writing on a tablet of stone in the New Testament was Grace! AWESOME!

Compare And Contrast.
As we saw in the Gospel of Mark, events were listed in chronological order. Not so in the book of Luke. The Holy Spirit purposely placed many chapters side by side to compare and contrast law and grace.  For instance, Chapter 18 is all about the rich young ruler.  Chapter 19 recored the story of Zacchaeus to demonstrate to us the differences between the two. Law demands; Grace supplies.

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The Rich Young Ruler Compared To Zaccaeus.
In Luke 18, the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he could “DO” to inherit eternal life, emphasis on, “DO.” Zacchaeus, on the other hand, was dealt with totally by grace.
Where the rich young ruler went away and could hardly give up one cent to the poor, the sinner and tax collector, “Zacchaeus,” not only gave back everything he stole to those he robbed; he restored four times what he took. Not only that, but half of his goods he gave to the poor.  Amazing!

That’s the difference between Law and Grace!  Grace causes you to be generous.  You are more conscious of SUPPLY vs. DEMAND.


(For further study on the topic above, you may follow the link below:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/where-your-treasure-is/_)

Domestic Settings.
Jesus is portrayed in this gospel in very domestic settings, living among the ones He loved so much: Mary, Martha, Lazarus. This is the only Gospel that records the story of Prodigal Son.  So many stories of warmth and closeness, of friends and family.

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Why portray Him as a man? Because it is so easy to get caught up in His majesty and might as a holy God, we sometimes forget that He is also fully human. He has human emotions and human sympathies. He doesn’t merely know how we feel: He feels what we feel! He loves us as family!
These stories of Jesus’ love for people so clearly show us the heart of the Father;  the One Who sent His beloved Son into the world in order to save all of us because He loves us so!


Different Strokes For Different Folks.

The first three gospels are known as the “Synoptic Gospels.”  Syn meaning “Together;” optic meaning “Seen.” They are “Seen together.”  Many stories that are found in Luke are also in the other two, like the account of the Centurion’s beloved servant.  These stories, though similar, have important differences.

For instance:  In Matthew 8 it says that the Centurion came to Jesus and begged Him to heal his servant, which He did. But in the Gospel of Luke there is information that was not mentioned in Matthew. Let’s follow the story:

Luke 7:3-10
”So when he (the Centurion) heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they (Elders of the Jews) begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.”

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God Resists The Proud.
Woah!  That’s quite a different story from Matthew’s account?  Why the difference?  Remember, Matthew was writing to the Jewish people, primarily.  The Holy Spirit purposely did not have Matthew record that the centurion, a Gentile, sent elders of the Jews to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant; but He allowed Dr. Luke to document this fact. Why?  Because if he had written that this Roman centurion, this Gentile, had sent elders of the Jews to Jesus, it would build pride in them.

Luke wrote his Gospel to Gentile believers. Gentiles need to have respect for Israel. That is why He allowed Luke to let it be known that this man actually sent Jewish people to speak for him. He didn’t go to Jesus personally.

Is that a contradiction or a lie? No, because sending someone in your place is the same to the Jews as going yourself.

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Divine Intent.
So you see, what is included in scripture and what is omitted is by Divine intent. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. He wants us to be full of grace which means He wants us to be humble people.

Like water, grace flows to the lowest place. So if you stay low, grace will always find you and lift you up!  Of course, you don’t have to make yourself low in order to earn grace.  Grace is UNdeserved favor.  If you have to earn it, it is no more grace:  It is Law.

In order to bless the Jewish people, God didn’t want them to develope a prideful spirit.  That would stymie the blessings He wanted to shower on them.  Hence, the differing accounts!

Don’t you just love the Bible even more? God is SO AWESOME!!! He knows what to reveal to whom for their greatest benefit!

Please proceed to Part 7 where we’ll talk about the theme of the Gospel of John:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/the-gospels-part-7-john/

9 thoughts on “The Gospels Part 6 of 9: Luke

  1. The Truth..!!! The total truly words from the completely​truly Hallelujah LORD JESUS CHRIST was VILIFIED and has been killed in JERUSALEM Muslim Country.. Because of the SHIT RUTHLESS KING of Muslim in Jerusalem get jealous of The Empowered of LORD JESUS CHRIST ( The Total Truly KING) .. Even though the Beautiful Heart of LORD JESUS CHRIST always beloved , Love Others and help others ( shine through the Darkness for the SICK , the Blind , the poor , the orphanage, the Handicaps and for everyone with his Loving , Caring and Giving Beautiful Heart…!!! The Glory Of Hallelujah LORD JESUS CHRIST Have Mercy and Shine Through The Truth to the Whole World 💟 GOD BLESSINGS 💟 AMEN n AMEN

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  2. Therefore has been told.. the Muslim people used to be beating and kill Others (WAR) .. otherwise they would like to control everything and control the whole world of the KINGDOM.. They don’t and never ever believe the empowered of graceful LORD JESUS CHRIST beloved n Love each others 💟 Love Colourful 💟 Especially LOVE PEACE NO WAR 💟✌💟 The Glory Hallelujah LORD JESUS CHRIST Have Mercy and Shine Through The Truth to the Whole World 💟 GOD BLESSINGS 💟 AMEN n AMEN

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