Week 38   Day 3


Luke's Gospel is unique in that

            he is believed to have been a physician

            and we have no record

            that he ever met Jesus personally

He showed his contemporaries

            that they did not have to be an eyewitness

            in order to believe in Jesus.


Luke also wrote the book of Acts  

Together these two books of the Bible

            are an account of Christianity

                    from its humble beginnings

                    in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus

            and then shows how the Gospel message spread

            throughout the whole Roman Empire

                    within the lifetime
                    of the original twelve disciples!



The four Gospels record many of the same stories

            and sometimes it appears

            that they copied from each other 

But Luke contains several well-known parables of Jesus

            which are not included

            in the other three Gospels 

Among them are the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son

Other stories told only in Luke include 

            the events and people surrounding Jesus' birth

            Jesus in the temple at age 12 


            and the Emmaus walkers.




Freedom, healing, and the unexpected news of God's favor.
Luke 4, 6 & 10


    16Jesus came to Nazareth, went into the synagogue on the
Sabbath, and stood up to read.  He opened the book, and

found where it was written:  18"The Spirit of the Lord is upon

Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the

poor;  He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim

liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at

liberty those who are oppressed; 19to proclaim the acceptable

year of the Lord."  20He gave the book to the attendant and sat

down.  The eyes of all were fixed on Him.  21And He began to

say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

    12He went to the mountain to pray, and continued all night

in prayer to God.  17Then He came down and stood on a level

place with a crowd of people who came to hear Him and
be healed of their diseases. 

    20Then He lifted His eyes toward His disciples, and said: 

"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 

21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. 

Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 

    24"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your
consolation.  25Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. 

Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn .  26Woe to

you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to

the false prophets."

    25A lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what

shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  27He answered and said,

"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, 

strength, and mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'"  29But

he, wanting to justify himself, said, "Who is my neighbor?"

    30Jesus said:  "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to

Jericho and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing,
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  31By chance

a priest came down that road.  When he saw him, he passed by

on the other side.  32Likewise a Levite, arriving at the place,

came and looked, and passed on by.  33But a Samaritan, as

he journeyed, saw him, and had compassion.  34He bandaged

his wounds, set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn,

and took care of him.  35The next day, he said to the innkeeper,

'Take care of him; and I will repay you.'  36Which of these three

was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"  37He said,

"He who showed mercy."  Jesus said, "Go and do likewise."
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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