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Luke 2:22-52 – Jesus at the temple as a child, twice.

Luke 2:22-52
In verse 21 we are told that Jesus was circumcised. This is significant because circumcision identified him as belonging to the people of God and being obligated to keep the law of Moses. Jesus’ circumcision was an expression of his incarnation whereby he identified himself as a man under the…

Luke 2:1-21 – The Birth of Jesus Christ

Luke 2:1-21
It would have appeared at the time that Caesar Augustus ruled the world – after all as Augustus issues a world-wide decree. And yet Caesar Augustus’ decree is simply a small part of the workings of God to bring a young couple to Bethlehem in Judea – so that the…

Luke 1:57-80 – The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-80
Finally, Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptizer. Zechariah now acts in faith by naming his son, John the name Gabriel had given to him nine months earlier. In doing so he demonstrates that he believes what Gabriel had said about John being the forerunner of God’s coming. The result…

Luke 1:39-56 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

Luke 1:39-56
When Gabriel announced the good news to Mary, Mary simply believed without asking for a sign. Zechariah did ask for a sign – how shall I know this. Asking in unbelief, Zechariah received no sign apart from the sign of his unbelief – deafness/muteness. Mary, believing but not asking for…

Luke 1:1-38 – Two Births Foretold

Luke 1:1-38
The story of the New Testament begins sounding very much like the Old Testament – a priest from the division of Abijah, a daughter of Aaron, righteousness described as walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord – and barrenness in a godly woman. Zechariah was chosen…

Luke 24 – He is risen indeed

Luke 24
Two wonderful quotes about the resurrection are below (Friedrich Krummacher, Russell Moore): In that mourning group [of women] you see only the first divinely quickened germs of the future kingdom of the divine Sufferer. From a few, a multitude that no man can number will before long proceed. But sometime…

Luke 23:26-56 – The Death of Christ

Luke 23:26-56
As Jesus is led away, the Romans seize Simon of Cyrene to carry Jesus’ cross. Simon of Cyrene is not voluntarily giving his service in submission to the Christ – the context is a continuation of their mockery of Jesus as king. Jesus as king had exercised his right as…

Luke 22:52-23:25 – The Judge of all the earth on trial

Luke 22:52-23:25
Following Jesus’ arrest, Peter denies Jesus three times – so much for human fidelity. Jesus is brought before the assembly of the elders of the people and the chief priests. In the Old Testament this assembly would have been called together to anoint the king of Israel – but here…

Luke 22:39-51 – Gethsemane

Luke 22:39-51
Jesus left the upper room for the Mount of Olives singing Psalms such as 116 and 118 – worth reading to know what Jesus sung the night before he died. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knelt and prayed asking, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.…

Luke 22:1-38 – The Last Supper

Luke 22:1-38
Satan entered Judas Iscariot but not to restrict his use of his body or mind as usually occurred when people had an unclean spirit afflict them. Satan entered Judas to empower Judas to do the act of betrayal that Judas had already determined in his own heart. It seems incredible…