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Discover the Book - Dec. 1, 2008

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Seeing Christ in the Gospel by Luke

 

Jesus: our perfect savior

 

 

 

The Gospels record Christ's ministry to the four groups of people then and now in the world.

Matthew speaks to the Jews and the deeply religious of our day. The Jews who loved the Scriptures and the prophecies of God. They would only listen to one of their own.

Mark spoke to the Romans. These were the leaders and leadership and action impressed them. They knew nothing of Scriptures but everything of power. So to this group comes the action packed Gospel of the powerful ministry of Christ. Mark uses the word “and” 1,375 times to tie together the endless actions of Christ. Like our modern successful business man and woman, they want a God who can powerfully meet their deepest needs.

Luke was a Greek speaking to the Greeks. The Greeks loved culture, beauty and ideas. Happiness could be found in the pursuit of truth. Luke fills his book with insights, interviews, songs and details that fascinate the inquiring mind. So today the truth seekers find Jesus in Luke!

John wrote to everyone, because everyone needs to meet God and only Jesus can reveal Him. In this book we meet an absolutely powerful God in human flesh who controls and rules the Universe He created. So the best known verse is the best of all offer that God loves all and offers all -- His Son as their only hope!

 

Remember how we surveyed the Gospels by noting a key verse for each book!

 

MATTHEW “Christ the King”

Matthew 2:2 saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." (NKJV) Worship Christ the King!

 

MARK “Christ the Servant”

Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (NKJV) Worship Christ the Servant!

 

LUKE “Christ the perfect man: Savior”. (19:10)

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (NKJV) This verse outlines the book: Jesus “has come” (1-4:13 – birth to temptation); Jesus came “to seek” (4:14-21:38 – 1st ministry to final Jerusalem trip); and Jesus came “to save” (22-24 Last Supper to Ascension). Worship Christ the Savior! He really identified with our world, our needs and He is our only hope!

 

Luke captures the perfections of Christ.

 

Outline:

1.      The Birth and Preparation of Savior Jesus 1:1 - 4:13. In this section we find about 90% is unique to Luke. This is the Bethlehem, Nazareth and Judea life of our Lord.

2.      Savior Jesus Speaks and Serves (4:14 - 21:38). This portion has over 30 parables and discourses by Jesus that none of the other gospels record. There are two distinct divisions: first (4:14-9:50) Luke shows Jesus ministering and serving mighty in God's power in Galilee for about 18 months. Then secondly (9:51-21:38) Luke traces Jesus as He instructs His diciples and submits to the Cross. Sixty percent of the verses in this section are only found in Luke.

3.      Savior Jesus Suffers and Triumphs in Passion Week 22:1 - 24. In this final section Jesus is completing His work by His death, burial, Resurrection and commissioning His disciples to go and tell the good news.

 

In a gospel for the Greeks, we find the perfect man comes to earth. Luke talks as a physician, and describes medically how much Christ was a man - tired and touched with the feelings of those about Him. Like Matthew, Luke proclaims the miraculous, virgin conception of Jesus (1:26-38). He alone writes of the glory of God that was manifested at the birth of Jesus (1:9). Luke reinforces Jesus' identity with humanity by using "son of man" twenty-five times, second only to Matthew.

 

In this book you will read the perfect parables, miracles, teachings, and prayers of Jesus

 

 

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