To Be and Not to Be

READ : Luke 11–12 Jesus gives us a great deal of practical advice on how we are to live as well as how not to live if we are ready to listen. Here Jesus gives us five directives: Be prayerful (11:2). Jesus gives us himself an example of prayerfulness (v. 1). He gives us a model for prayer, the Lord’s Prayer. He gives us encouragement to pray urgently, as the friend who needed food to serve his guest (vv. 5-8). …

Jesus and His Followers

READ : Luke 9–10 Since we are called to follow Jesus, we can learn about our relationship to him as we note how he dealt with his followers when he was here on earth. Jesus empowered his followers for the task to which he called them (9:1). When God directly or through his church calls you to a task, do not say you are unable to do it. When Jesus calls us to do something, he will surely give us …

Jesus and People

READ : Luke 7–8 As we learned yesterday, Jesus was always going about doing good—to people. As someone has said, “How is it then that I am so often satisfied just going about.” Wherever Jesus met people, he was a blessing to them. “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). Jesus met a centurion who had a sick slave, and he made the slave well. He met a widow who was taking the corpse of her only son to the cemetery, …

The Preaching of Jesus

READ : Luke 5–6 Matthew gives us the Sermon on the Mount. Luke gives us a similar sermon but tells us it was delivered on “a level place.” There are two possibilities. One is that these were two different sermons. After all, Jesus preached many sermons in many places, and the content in each place very likely had some similarities. The other possibility is that this was one sermon, delivered on a level spot on the mountain. Both accounts tell …

What Shall We Do?

READ : Luke 3–4 John the Baptist preached repentance. Repent means literally, “change your mind.” By nature we think our sin is not so serious; we are to change our mind and realize it is. By nature our lives revolve around ourselves; we are to change our mind and realize our entire life should revolve around God. At about this time, baptism was used as a sign that a pagan was spiritually dirty, and must be washed before he could …

To You Is Born a Savior

READ : Luke 1–2 Many stories about Jesus were floating around, so Luke carefully investigates to be sure his account is accurate. It is possible that he interviewed Mary, Elizabeth, and others. He alone provides us with information about the words of the angels who told Zechariah and Mary about the amazing births which were to take place. He alone tells us how Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,” and Zechariah, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel” and …