Luke At A Glance

The authors name, as well as in all the Gospels, does not appear in the book, but traditionally has been ascribed to Luke, Paul companion. Luke was a doctor {Colossi ans 4 verse 14}, he also wrote the book of Acts.

Luke’s aim is to write a proper history of what actually happened. he declares at the beginning that he carefully studied the sources and he aims to present a careful survey of the life and teaching of Jesus. Luke’s intention was to argue the case for Christianity; to counter ignorance and ill founded reports’

Luke’s gospel was written for the Greeks. Beside the Jews and the Romans, The Greeks were another people who had been preparing for Christ coming.

Mathew presents Christ as King, to the Jews.                                                    Mark presents Christ as the Servant of Jehovah, to the Romans.                        Luke presents Christ as the perfect man, to the Greeks.

this is the gospel for the sinner. It brings out Christ’s compassionate love in becoming man to save man.

In Luke, we see God manifest in the flesh, Luke deals with the humanity of our Lord. he reveals the Savoir as a man with all His sympathies. feelings and growing powers. A Savior suited to all.

In the gospel, we see the God of Glory coming down to our level, entering into our conditions and being subject to our circumstances

Luke followed the same chronological approach as Mathew and Mark. While much of Luke overlaps those two gospels most of the material in Luke chapter 9 to 19 is unique, including six miracles, and eighteen parables. Among the familiar material related only by Luke are the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son .

Luke highlights Jesus’ relationship with people from every strata of society. Luke emphasis on women is striking, particularly in the view of the suspicion with which religious Jews of Jesus time viewed women.

As we skim through the Gospel, we see Luke repeated emphasis  on the humanity of Jesus. When tax collectors and ‘sinners’ flocked to hear Jesus, the religious leaders were scandalized. they would never associate with such people! But Jesus told the story of the Lost Sheep the shepherd searched for, and he called his friends to rejoice on the recovery. It is the same way heaven rejoices when a lost sinner is found, a truth that drives Jesus to befriend the outcast of society. {Luke 15 verses 1 to 7}

The night before His crucifixion Jesus prayed alone on the Mount of Olives. Jesus was in such anguish that “His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. {Luke 22 verse 44}

But when the betrayer Judas lead a mob to the hillside to drag Jesus before the court packed with the people who hatred Him. Jesus spoke to them calmly and went unresisting to His fate. {Luke 22 verses 39 to 53}

This is the Jesus who Luke presents a compassionate, brave, caring man was committed to revealing His Father’s character as a loving God.

This was a quick glance at the Gospel of Luke. the main stories follow through these chapters and verses.

why Luke writes Luke 1 verses 1 to 25

two songs Luke 1 verses 46 to 80

The Birth Luke 2 verse 1 to 21 Lost Luke 2 verse 41 to 52

Baptism and temptation Luke 3 verse 21 and 4 verse 13

The centurion Luke 7 verses 1 to 17

who am I? Luke 9 verses 18 to 50

A Samaritan Luke 10 verses 25 to 37

Being a disciple Luke 14 verses 7 to 35

A tax collector Luke 19 verses 1 to 10

Emmaus road Luke 24 verses 13 to 35

Why do you doubt? Luke 36 to 53

If you remember one thing from this wonderful Gospel. The Good News is especially good for the poor and the oppressed.

Read Luke and enjoy.

God Bless
O F J

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