.. s with this type of introduction. He speaks of predecessors, ” Things which have been accomplished among us” (1952 Buttrick). Basically he speaks in narrative about things that have occurred, and the evangelists who performed them, including him. Luke then discusses narratives about the birth and infancy.
He speaks of the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth (John), his conception, birth, and circumcision. Luke balances every point with a series concerning Jesus. Luke wanted to let people know that what he writes was a creation of the literature of Jesus. In the beginning Christians had to control its community activities and develop its institution because of the way the Romans acted toward religious cults. When Christianity began it was seen as a Jewish sect. They (Romans) could not see the difference between the church and the synagogue.
The book of Luke focuses on social relationships. Social relationships were a concern for the poor, which addressed finance. Jesus showed more sympathy to the poor because they were more open to his word and true believers. The rich were taking from the poor and Jesus hated that. Luke talked a lot about Jesus concern for women and illustrates this with the Virgin Mary, and her immaculate conception, Elizabeth and her son, the harlot, and many more. The Holy Spirit is greatly emphasized on in the Gospel of Luke.
Christians everywhere today, acknowledge that he was born and lived on Earth so they celebrate the story of Jesus. When John the Baptist people knew gods hands were on him because his mother Elizabeth was barren. The temptation of Jesus is another event Luke covered. Satan tempted Jesus for forty days and forty nights. He starved during this time, prayed and trusted in God to get him through this.
Satan tried to convince Jesus that he was the answer and that if he followed him, Satan would give him the world. Jesus backed himself with scripture and never let the fact that his father was the greatest God escape his mind. Luke tells about the miracles Jesus performs while on Earth. One miracle was the driving of the evil spirit in the demon-possessed man. He also spoke of Jesus healing power. However people still doubted him, for when Jesus performed a miracle he asked the recipients to keep it to themselves.
Yet when people were given there were healed by miraculous occurrences they could do nothing but speak of this awesome man. Finally Luke speaks of the first disciple, Simon Peter. This came about in a strange manner. Simon was fishing and could not catch a thing. Jesus told him to put his net back in and he did.
When Simon removed the net again he was overwhelmed with the astonishing number of fish in the net. Simon then sailed back to shore and pout away his fishing stuff to follow the almighty Jesus. Luke tries to express to the reader that Jesus is an awesome man and he forgives. Jesus says if we ask for the forgiveness of sin he will forgive, he will heal, and he will love. Know thy Kingdom and the Commandments is what Luke is trying to explain to the reader. Theme Verse According to several references the key verses are in chapter one of Luke verses three through four, and chapter nineteen verse ten.
“It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:3,4). “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). The main purpose for Lukes Gospel was to create an accurate, chronological, and comprehensive account of the unique life of Jesus. Therefore these verses say exactly what Luke was trying to get across to Theophilus and the others. Personal Relevance The relevance of this material to my own personal and professional life is that I am able to apply it and comprehend it.
Through the course of my life I have met many people looking for inner peace. They do not see they are looking in the wrong direction. Not too long ago I was saved and have bee trying to live my life in the way of the Lord. I am not an expert nor do I study theology I just know of my personal relationship with Jesus and I feel it is a good place to start. Instead of turning to their maker people turn to drugs and alcohol. They realize that they are searching in the wrong place and just wasting their time.
I searched for a while until I realized that without God I had no chance of being happy or in the right place. The book of Luke explains the miracles in a way that one can understand now and then. Luke used the Gospel to spread a message of salvation. Jesus performed many miracles when he was on earth and by those examples he set forth example in my life. I am able to deal with people at work better than before because I look to God for the strength and serenity.
I have noticed a big difference in myself. By studying this book I now see why Luke emphasized that Jesus came to this world to save us from our sins. He suffered so that we would not have to. Through the parables Jesus spoke of, I was able to relate some of them to my life. For examples I know money is nothing, and I try to give what I can but I understand that if I what I should God will compensate me tenfold.
When they speak of the two debtors, I learned when someone asks for something give it to him or her, and do not expect repayment for if they had had it they would not be asking for it. The birth and suffering Jesus did for you and me gives me hope and faith to push on. The thought of someone loving me enough to die for me makes me feel ecstatic. I also know that I need to devote more time to my lord. I thought to myself all the men in my life that have said they loved me none have ever showed the love Jesus showed for me.
When one is born again it is like a resurrection of our inner beauty. This book is an excellent tool for nonbelievers to see the consequences that lie in store and for the Christians as well to see just why we praise Jesus. Bibliography 1. Buttrick, G.A.,Bowie, W.R., Scherer, P .,Knox, J.,Terrein, S. Harmon, N.B.
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