May 15, 2021
DAY 133: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, our journey takes us into the Gospel of Luke. During our first foray into this Gospel, we see the larger stage being set for Jesus’ ministry. Our journey begins before the birth of Christ, with the arrival of John the Baptist and then the birth of Jesus, before giving us one of the few insights into Jesus’ childhood.
As we begin our journey through the Gospel of Luke, pray and ask God for wisdom in reading and understanding. Read Luke 1-2. Let’s journey!
Luke is the only Gentile author of a Gospel and he was not an apostle of Jesus Christ. Luke was a well-educated doctor, who carried out careful research and gathered first hand accounts for his narrative, and traveled extensively with the Apostle Paul. It is thought that the Gospel of Luke was written shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. In addition to writing the Gospel of Luke, he also wrote the book of Acts. Luke wrote in a way that would be accessible for all to read and includes some parables of Jesus Christ not found elsewhere in the Bible. Throughout his Gospel, Luke shows that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament in His way, which was not the way that many, including the religions leader, thought the prophecies would be fulfilled. The same holds true today; we cannot place our expectations and beliefs on Jesus, rather we must first submit ourselves to Him in order to understand Him and His word.
Luke 1-2: Luke begins his Gospel defending his writing, as he did not personally witness any of the events he records. The birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus are both foretold. Their respective mothers, Elizabeth and Mary, get together and celebrate! John’s birth is a joyous occasion! The familiar story of the birth of Jesus, often read at Christmas, is then recorded. Luke gives us a rare insight into Jesus’ childhood. Jesus knew His Father. He knew His word. (Luke 1:1-2:52)
As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 1 and 2. Rather apply what is written to standards and expectations of today’s world. Are their areas of your life that are in contradiction to what you have read? Have you truly stopped and meditated upon the meaning of lessons taught in today’s reading? What have you learned?
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