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Understanding the Gospel of Luke

Updated on December 24, 2014

Jesus Temptation and Return to Galilee

Jesus was tempted by Satan in the rough Judean wilderness before returning to his boyhood home,  Nazareth.
Jesus was tempted by Satan in the rough Judean wilderness before returning to his boyhood home, Nazareth. | Source

Knowing the Background of Luke

Luke is the one of the authors of New Testament , who wrote the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible. For me, this book gives us the best picture we have some of the events that took place during Luke's lifetime.

He is a doctor, a Greek, and Gentile Christian. He is the only known Gentile author in the New Testament. He was a close friend and companion to Paul.

He was already a believer in Christ when he met Paul. He joined Paul and Troas and went with him to Macedonia. From that time on, he was Paul's closest companion. His knowledge of medicine may have been helpful to him. He was probably born at Antioch, in Ancient Syria, of a non- Jewish family . He received a good education , studying a great books as well as medicine.

Date Written

The Gospel of Luke was written in 60 A.D.

Setting of the Story of Luke

The setting of the story of Luke wrote from Rome or possibly from Caesarea.

Key Persons in the Gospel of Luke

The key people in the gospel of Luke are Jesus, Elizabeth, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Mary, The Disciples, Herod the Great, Pilate, Mary Magdalene.

Key Places in the Gospel of Luke

The key places in the Gospel of Luke are located in Bethlehem, Judea, Galilee, and Jerusalem in which, all of these places are found in Israel.

Picture of Jesus of Nazareth

This is the picture of Jesus of Nazareth which was portrayed by actor Robert Powell.
This is the picture of Jesus of Nazareth which was portrayed by actor Robert Powell. | Source

Special Features of Luke

This is the most comprehensive Gospel. The general vocabulary and diction show that the author was educated. he makes frequent references to illnesses and diagnoses. He stresses that Jesus relationships with people ; emphasizes prayer, miracles, and angels, records inspired hymns of praises; and gives a prominent place to women.

Jesus on Trial

This picture is about Jesus on Trial before he was nailed to the cross.
This picture is about Jesus on Trial before he was nailed to the cross. | Source

Gospel of Luke the Movie in the Video

What Am I Living For?

At present, world measures man's success by the amount of money he earns or possesses. For this reason, possessions and how to accumulate even more have become an overpowering priority in place of pleasing God. May we, as modern Christians, be found and called "rich toward God" rather than later be condemned by Christ as "rich fools."

The supportive verse is found in Luke 12:13-21 of New International Version or known as NIV.

Importance of Jesus Christ the Savior

Jesus is our perfect leader and Savior. He offers forgiveness to all who will accept him as Lord of their lives and believe that what he says is true.

Birth and Preparation of Jesus the Savior

From an infant who could do nothing on his own, Jesus grew to become completely able to fulfill his mission on Earth. he was fully human, developing in all ways like us. Although he remained fully God. He took no shortcuts and was not isolated from the pressures and temptations of life. There are no shortcuts for us either as we prepare for a life of service to God.

The supportive verse is totally heavy because it will start from Luke 1:1 up to Luke 4:13.

Second video about the Gospel of Luke

Who Had real Power?

Jesus was executed by powerful political authorities , among them the Roman official Herod. Although this statement, spoken before his arrest, revels who had the real power. Jesus dismissed Herod as "that fox", a Jewish expression for a worthless or insignificant person. Jesus death on a cross cam as no surprise to him; in fact, here he calls it his "goal".

The supportive is found in Luke 13:32 and it says "He replied "go tell that fox, I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal."

The Last Few Pounds

Whatever weight loss plan you choose, you're bound to lose pounds at least for a while.

Although most dieters reach a plateau before they reach their goal, and many get discouraged when the thrill leaves before all the weight does. Many give up and go back to their old ways of eating.

The supportive verse is found in Luke 14:33 and it says "Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple."

Jesus Asks a Question

In the midst of many questions thrown at him, Jesus offers one back. The passage quoting Psalm 110:1, is difficult and at the same time, complicated to understand, although Jesus may have been trying to clear up misunderstanding about the Messiah. Nationalistic Jews of that day were expecting a Messiah, or a "Son of David", out of the same mold as the great Jewish king who defeated Israel's enemies. Although Jesus shows that David himself acknowledged the Messiah to come as "Lord", or one far greater than a mere earthly king.

The supportive verse is found in Luke 20:44 and it says "David calls him Lord. How then can be his son ?"

Message and the ministry of Jesus the Savior

Jesus taught great crowds of people, especially through parables, which are stories that illustrate great truths, Although only those with ears to hear will understand . We should pray that God's spirit would help us understand the implications of these truths for our life so we can become more and more like Jesus.

There are three main points that people should know about the message:

1. Jesus ministry in Galilee

2. Jesus ministry on the way to Jerusalem

3. Jesus ministry in Jerusalem

The supportive verse is found from Luke 4:14 up to Luke 21:38 and this is the longest chapter that readers and viewers must search for it.

The Simplicity of the Gospel

There is nothing so disconcerting as a plain, direct gospel that, which is stripping away all mere decorations and embellishments and it is ignoring to all non-essentials and make believes, exposes the naked soul and flashes onto it the light of God.

Man is not a mere collection and aggregate of parts. There is a main root to its life which is called the soul that is vital to its life and it is the eye to the body in the matter of light.

The supportive verse of this sub-title is found in Luke 11:34 and it says "The light of the body of is the eye: therefore when the thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness ."

The Bounce Test

Christians like us will face a bounce test an no one is excuse. The strength of their faith can be measured by their ability to bounce back after a fall. Although failure is is painful , it offers an occasion to reaffirm our heart's devotion to Christ.

If you had a spiritual reversal, we must have perseverance or never give up. Christ can restore you. You can be useful to him again, even after a hard fall. It's the "bounce" of your faith and God's forgiveness that will enable you to go on and on.

The supportive verse is found in Luke 22:32 and it says "I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail."

Who should try Jesus?

The Gospels record a "pass the buck" sequence in Jesus encounter with Roman justice. The Jewish court or Sanhedrin, judged Jesus guilty of blasphemy , although it held no authority to carry out a death sentence. Therefore, the religious leaders took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. Along the way, they changed the religious charge against the charge against Jesus to a political one, which alone would call for Roman punishment.

Pilate showed cowardice . First, he deferred the case to Herod, who had jurisdiction over Jesus home region. Herod taunted and mocked Jesus and then sent him back. Three times Pilate tried to get the Jewish leaders to release Jesus , although finally he yielded to their demands for capital punishment.

The supportive verse is found in Luke 23:25 and it says " He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will."

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