This text is a part of the Why Examine the Guide? sequence.
Recovering what was Misplaced
It’s arduous to neglect the story of Jesus and Zaccheus. The scene is a bit ridiculous: a small man, hated however curious, climbs a tree to see Jesus; Jesus stops to say, “Get down here—I have to stay at your house today!” The gang complains whereas Zaccheus overflows with pleasure and repentance. Then Jesus speaks some of the comforting guarantees ever made: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:1-10).
All through the historical past of Christianity, the gospels which have obtained probably the most consideration are these written by Jesus’s apostles Matthew and John. Scholarship of the previous two centuries has targeted on Mark’s gospel, because the earliest document of Jesus’s life. Due to these tendencies, it’s simple to miss the e book of Luke, leading to an image of Jesus’s life, coronary heart, and ministry that’s incomplete. After we examine Luke, we get well what could in any other case be misplaced.
What precisely will we stand to get well? A full 35% of Luke’s gospel is present in no different supply. Right here we meet Zaccheus, go to the house of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), and see the resurrection of a widow’s son (7:11-17). Right here, and solely right here, we discover the parables of The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and plenty of extra. After we examine Luke, we hear these favorites of their authentic setting, respiration new life into acquainted phrases.
Good Information for the Poor
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). That is the primary style Luke offers us of Jesus’s message. Whereas this emphasis runs all through all 4 Gospels, it’s Luke who most persistently attracts consideration to Jesus’s ministry to the misplaced and the least, the unnoticed and the missed.
In lots of tales distinctive to Luke, Jesus defends repentant individuals who, like Zaccheus, are dismissed as “too far gone” by the self-righteous (see 7:36-50; 15:1-32). On this gospel, we hear repeatedly that God’s kingdom exalts the standard and brings down the proud (1:51-53; 14:7-14; 18:9-14). And it’s in Luke that we be taught probably the most about Jesus’s interactions with and attitudes towards girls.
At a second when our society is wrestling with what it means to steward energy with integrity, and when the Western church is looking for to interrupt down boundaries between majority and minority cultures, Luke’s gospel has a lot to show us.
Salvation to the Ends of the Earth
“To seek and to save the lost”—the vocabulary of salvation happens extra in Luke’s writings than in these of every other New Testomony creator. On the one hand, this isn’t shocking: after we embody the e book of Acts, Luke wrote extra of the New Testomony than anybody else. So it stands to cause that after we depend phrases, Luke would come out on prime.
However in Luke, salvation is greater than a matter of statistics. Right here we regularly hear God’s coronary heart beating for the salvation of the world—from the prophet Isaiah’s hope that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (quoted in Luke 3:6) to Jesus’s remaining reminder that “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his [the Messiah’s] name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (24:47).
The church within the Western world is shedding its cultural affect and privilege. While you suppose your personal survival is threatened, it’s arduous to be involved about spreading the excellent news of salvation to a misplaced world. Finding out Luke can renew our imaginative and prescient and zeal for advancing the excellent news of salvation to our neighbors and to all nations.
After we examine this e book, is not going to our hearts burn inside us with love for him?
A Burning Coronary heart
A very powerful cause to check Luke’s Gospel is captured within the phrases of Cleopas and one other, unnamed disciple. After an encounter with the resurrected Jesus, they are saying to one another, “Did not our hearts burn within us. . . while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).
Jesus had been instructing them that every one of Scripture has all the time been centered on him because the success of God’s plan of redemption (24:26-27). After we examine Luke’s Gospel, we see Jesus, the Redeemer. We hear the phrases of Jesus, the good friend of sinners. We really feel the heartbeat of Jesus, who seeks and saves the misplaced. After we examine this e book, is not going to our hearts burn inside us with love for him? And won’t this love overflow for the salvation of the world?