Luke 6:27-35 – Love Your Enemies

Love your enemies.  It’s a simple sentence, isn’t it?  It’s an imperative made up of three words, none of which is hard to understand.  It’s short, it’s easily definable, it’s easy to read and speak.  There’s absolutely nothing about it that’s complicated at all.  It even kind of rolls off the tongue.  What we realize […]

Luke 6:17-26 – Called to be Different

Starting in verse 20 and lasting through the end of the chapter is what some call the Sermon on the Plain.  Likely the same sermon as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, it is Jesus’ manifesto explaining how a citizen of the kingdom of God is to live.  In a word, the godly […]

Luke 6:1-11 – Lord of the Sabbath

God instituted the Sabbath when He gave Israel the Ten Commandments.  The fourth commandment reads as follows: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, […]

Luke 5:27-39 – A Mold-Breaking Savior

Jesus continues to defy convention, especially for the religious leaders.  He shockingly chooses a tax collector as one of His followers and then uses that choice to make a statement about who He is and what He’s here to begin.  Jesus is unlike anything the scribes and Pharisees have seen, and His approach and goals […]

Luke 5:12-26 – Jesus is Supreme

Jesus has shown His supremacy over temptation, over sickness and suffering (healing multitudes), over the powers of evil (casting out demons), and over nature (bringing boatloads of fish to fishermen).  In this text, He shows His supremacy over the most feared disease of His time (leprosy) and – most impressively – over sin itself.  Jesus […]

Luke 4:14-30 – You Can’t Go Home Again

“You can’t go home again” is an old saying that means if you try to return to a place you remember from the past it won’t be the same as you remember it.  The expression comes from a book title, but it just as easily could’ve originated from the text we study today.  Jesus comes […]

Luke 3:21-4:13 – A Savior who Sympathizes

Jesus begins His public ministry.  He is gloriously baptized, anointed with the Spirit, and then ruthlessly tempted.  In all cases, He proves Himself worthy of His inheritance and mission.  This story shows that spiritual highs are often followed by temptations to selfishness and pride.  It also shows that there is nothing in our life experience […]

Luke 3:1-20 – John the Baptist/John the Example

The ministry of John the Baptist begins.  John – the most important prophet in the Bible (per Jesus) and one of the oddest – preaches repentance in no uncertain terms.  He’s not beholden to tradition, power, prestige, precedent, wealth, or comfort.  He’s here to tell the truth and pave the way for the Messiah.  John […]

Luke 2:21-52 – An Unconventional God

Luke continues his exclusive account of Jesus’ birth and early childhood.  This part of the story shows ordinary humans in contact with supernatural events and also shows that young Jesus does not take long to understand His nature and mission.  Ultimately Luke takes pains to make his readers understand that normal people are involved in […]