Published on March 2, 2014
NEW PINEY GROVE MONTHLY THEME COMMENTARY
MARCH The Gospel According To LUKE
Luke’s gospel can be considered an “authorized biography” of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike the other three gospel writers, Luke was not an insider. He had not seen Jesus’ miracles or heard Him teach, nor did he see Him after the Resurrection. Luke had to rely on other resources for his written account. But Luke examined the life of Jesus as the “God-man,” more than the other gospel writers. The humanity of Jesus’ was the primary focus of Luke.
For Luke, Jesus was not just God pretending to be human; He was fully human. He came from heaven to pay the sin death for all humanity. Therefore, He had to die as a human. Jesus lived in the real world with all its pain, sorrow and disappointment. Luke presents Jesus as a man moved to compassion by human suffering. From His own personal experience, He knows what human existence is all about. Luke captured this human sensitivity through his gospel.
Luke’s gospel is written to an unknown person named Theophilus. His purpose in writing was to convince Theophilus of the truth of the things he had heard about Jesus being the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Luke, being a Gentile like Theophius, adjusted his account of Jesus’ ministry and purpose by explaining to his reader the meaning of unfamiliar Jewish customs. This was important to the Greek understanding of the parables of Jesus.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN? • How Jesus sets the example for treatment of minorities • The importance of compassion and concern for children • Being a neighbor applies to more than just our neighborhood • Forgiveness of the public disgraced has far reaching affect
FINAL THOUGHT When Jesus was crucified, Theophilus may have questioned the validity of Jesus being God in the flesh. He may have doubted that Christianity could survive when its Founder died such a shameful death?” The Acts of the Apostle was written by Luke to put to rest any doubt and fear that may have come to Theophilus’ mind. The gospel of Luke was the rest of the story.
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