The Word Became Flesh

READ : John 1-2 Probably John had before him the other three gospels. He is getting old and realizes he is the last eyewitness alive. He knows so many things firsthand which are not recorded in the other gospels. So he writes with the purpose that those who read may believe in Christ and find true life (see John 20:30-31). He uses the structure of calling upon a series of witnesses who will point to the fact that Jesus is …

The Crucified and Risen Christ

READ : Luke 23-24 Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One joined the mocking crowd; the other had the amazing faith to see in this dying man one who would be king. The result was that Jesus promised him they would be together in Paradise that very day. Luke also records for us the dying words of Jesus, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (23:46 ESV). Unless Christ returns first, each of us will die. Because of our …

The Last Week

READ : Luke 21–22 The last week in the earthly life of our Lord was a busy one. Some of the major events were as follows: Warning of the end. Jesus described to his disciples what would happen before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 and what will happen as the end of the world approaches. The purpose is to warn us to be ready at any time for the return of Christ. Institution of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus …

Tax Collectors

READ : Luke 18–20 The parable of the publican and the Pharisee was told to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others” (18:9). We must examine ourselves to see if that describes us. Tax collectors, called “publicans” in earlier versions, were hated for two reasons: they worked for the hated Romans who ruled the land, and they took unfair advantage of their position to make money at the expense of their countrymen. On the other …

More Parables

READ : Luke 16–17 Most parables have only one point; therefore we must not press the details but seek that one truth addressed to us. Here we have three parables: The parable of the unrighteous steward (16:1-9). Jesus is not recommending dishonesty here. We must always seek to be absolutely honest in all our dealings with people. The point is that this steward prepared for the future, and so must we, by shrewdly putting all of our trust in Christ …