July 31, 2021, DAY 210: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Luke 23-24

July 31, 2021

LUKE 23-24

Today we conclude our journey through the book of Luke with chapters 23 and 24. It is the journey to eternal triumph for those willing to accept its truths.

Before beginning today’s journey, take some time and pray for understanding of today’s reading. Read Luke 23-24. 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 23-24: Jesus is being handed over to Pilate. Pilate sent Jesus to Herod. Herod returned Jesus to Pilate, for neither the governor of Judea, Pilate, nor the governor of Galilee, Herod, found Jesus guilty of a capital offense. At the demands of the chief priests and fear of resurrection, Pontus Pilate ordered Jesus crucified. Jesus was murdered on the cross. He was buried. He rose from the dead. He visited people on earth after his resurrection. He gave the eleven disciples instructions on how to carry on after His ascending to Heaven; then, Jesus rose to heaven. (Luke 23:1-24:53, NIV)

As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 23 and 24. 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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