A Walk Through Luke 4:31-44

Luke 4:31-44 The Authority To Heal

For all the attempts to relegate the authority of Jesus Christ, each one would submit the Sovereign King to outside authority, a move that Jesus did not need to make.  Jesus is King over all.  No one, whether spiritual force or personal presence is able to override the authority of the Lord.  When the people in the synagogues heard Jesus teach, their spirit resonated with the understanding that they were hearing true authority.  They were hearing the authentic word of God spoken by the mouth of God, made plain to them.  Thus, as Jesus was approached with opportunities to heal, there was no issue in doing so.  Jesus had the authority that belongs to God alone to heal sickness and command the demons and spiritual dark forces.  Jesus had the authority to make the broken people whole.  

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Luke 4:1-13

Luke 4:1-13 Divinity and Humanity

There are very few times scripturally where the devil appeared face to face with man. The Gospel of Luke is one of those times. This was the standoff between good and evil that would set the tone for the Christ’s mission in the world.  The temptation was real in that the devil would be able to offer the things he was offering, but Jesus had no intention of caving in to the demands of the devil.  Whatever authority the devil had to do anything, Jesus would strip is away piece by piece until there is nothing left.  Jesus did not come in self aggrandizement or to enslave himself for the sake of becoming like mankind.  Christ came as a servant to reign victorious and overthrow the forces of evil that have tempted you and I.

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Luke 3:21-38

Luke 3:21-38 A Story of Earth and Eternity

John The Baptist had sought to prepare the hearts and minds of those in the world for the coming of the Savior.  With the birth of Jesus the stage was set for the work of the Messiah.  30 years into the His life, the ministry of Jesus Christ was inaugurated by His baptism.  At the outset, Luke clearly lays out the mission and direction of Jesus Christ.  Luke shows where Christ stood in the grand scheme of eternity and the biblical narrative.  As the Spirit of God descends on Jesus, in the physical form of a dove, the Father voice commandingly booms from heaven.  The fullness of God, all three persons of the Trinity have converged in this moment to rescue mankind. 

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The Gospel of Luke 3:1-20

Luke 3:1-20 A Faith Worth Boldly Living

John the Baptist speaks with a strength and faith that surpasses even the strongest of the Pharisees and religious leaders of his time.  He wastes no time and directly piercing the heart with his strong rhetoric and direct preaching.  He calls the religious leaders a brood of vipers for failing to see the story of faith unfolding right before them.  As difficult as this may have been, John was able to speak with clarity and boldness as one who spoke empowered by the faith in Jesus Christ.

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Luke 2:41-52

Luke 2:41-52: Where Else But Home

Luke writes with major foreshadowing of the time that would be coming. For Jesus seemingly went missing and was found on the third day. Furthermore, He was found keeping about the business of His heavenly Father and proclaiming the good news to all who would receive it. This is the same thing with His crucifixion. For Mary, this was a difficult time fearing she had not only lost her son but had lost the Son of Man. For Jesus, however, when he noticed that His community had left Him, He knew to seek solace in the house of His Heavenly Father.

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Luke 2:22-40 Awaiting The Timing

Make no mistake, shepherds were dirty people. Not morally, although maybe they were, but they were often covered in dirt, sweat and grime. For the sake of protecting the flock, they would stay with the sheep, sleeping in the fields. They smelled like livestock and were not the upper class of society. If you were planning an event for the coming of the King of the Universe, more than likely, you would overlook the shepherds. Yet, it was to the lowly shepherds that the angels announced the birth of the Savior.

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Luke 2:8-21 A Gospel For The Dirty

Make no mistake, shepherds were dirty people. Not morally, although maybe they were, but they were often covered in dirt, sweat and grime. For the sake of protecting the flock, they would stay with the sheep, sleeping in the fields. They smelled like livestock and were not the upper class of society. If you were planning an event for the coming of the King of the Universe, more than likely, you would overlook the shepherds. Yet, it was to the lowly shepherds that the angels announced the birth of the Savior.

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Luke 2:1-7 An Underwhelming Welcome

It came time for Mary to have her child.  You would expect that the Savior of the world would enter with fanfare.  Or at least there would be a proclamation of the coming Savior.  After all, this was the Savior of the world, the one the prophets foretold and who would save humanity.  He would deserve the type of greetings where people would know the Savior had finally arrived.  This was a moment where God was becoming flesh and coming to save His people. Yet, His coming was vastly different from what you would expect. So Joseph also went up …

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Luke 1:57-80 A Community Together

There I sat, in the waiting room of the maternity ward.  My friend had gone in to labor in the middle of the afternoon and the network of cell phones buzzed furiously; “It’s time.”  As I looked around, I saw moms, dads, siblings, uncles, cousins, friends, and just about anyone else who knew her.  The birth of her first child was a moment for celebration.  We all came together to celebrate a new life and pass around the baby together (after, of course, a sufficient amount of hand cleaner). As the birth of John the Baptist comes, the story of Elizabeth’s …

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