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Jesus of Nazareth—Messiah!

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When Jesus was at Nazareth on the particular Sabbath that Isaiah 61:1-2a was to be read, it turned out to be a fateful day for the whole world. The Messiah, in the person of the Son of God had finally come. He was important not only to the Jews as their promised royal descendant of David, but he was also important to the gentiles through God’s promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15). In fact, according to the Jewish Targum on Genesis 4, Eve thought Cain was the promised Messiah, believing the Savior would come immediately. It is really thought provoking that she presumed the Messiah would be the Angel of the Lord: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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As I said previously, many believe Jesus was living in Capernaum by the time Luke began his record of Jesus’ public ministry (cf. Luke 4:23). [1] Nevertheless, whether Jesus was visiting his hometown of Nazareth or living there, he went into the synagogue and was probably asked by the ruler or president of the synagogue to read from the Scriptures and teach from them that Sabbath day (Luke 4:16). Synagogues were the center of Jewish life in the first century AD. They not only served as centers for prayer and worship, but often for formal education for local Jewish families, as well. Indeed, they functioned as courtrooms for the local sanhedrin (not to be confused with the supreme Sanhedrin at Jerusalem), and punishment was administered there in the local synagogue (Deuteronomy 25:3; cf. Mark 13:9; 2Corinthians 11:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Three Temptations of Christ

Temptation - 4Jesus’ public ministry began with being tempted. This immediately followed his baptism, which is clearly shown in the Synoptics, but not so clearly in John. In the Gospel of John Jesus’ public ministry began with the marriage feast at Cana, immediately following his baptism (implied) by John in chapter one. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Second Temptation

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I have been discussing Jesus’ three temptations found in Luke 4:1-12. They are the same temptations found in Matthew 4:1-10, but Luke reverses Matthew’s second and third temptations. Nevertheless, in Luke 4:16 to Luke 6:49 Luke discusses Jesus’ temptations in the order in which Matthew places them. I have been discussing these temptations with the understanding that the wilderness into which the Spirit led Jesus (Luke 4:1), is not a desert or an uninhabited place. Rather, it was a wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), that is, people who are absolutely devoid of the kind of spiritual understanding that would lead them to God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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If You Are the Son of God…

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In Luke 3:22 we find a voice from heaven declaring Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. In Luke 3:23-38 we have Jesus declared as God’s Son through Adam. That is, Jesus is the Son of Man, the Redeemer who was promised in Genesis 3:15, the Messiah who is called the Son of God (Psalm 2:2, 7, 12). I don’t believe Jesus made much of an impression on the folks witnessing his baptism. John, of course, believed and would have had Jesus baptize him and take over his ministry, but Jesus refused (Matthew 3:13-15). It was more important for Jesus to be numbered with the sinners who came to John, than to become the new leader of an already successful ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Heaven Was Opened

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This incident reminds me of Exodus 14:16 when Moses parted the Red Sea for Israel to pass safely through its waters to the other side (cf. Isaiah 43:15-16), but, when Pharaoh’s army tried to follow, they perished as the walls of the sea came crashing down upon them like the powerful waters of a great flood (Exodus 14:26; cf. Nehemiah 9:11). Nevertheless, if God parted the waters of the Red Sea and made a way through them for his people to safely cross, how would this apply (if at all) to the heavens parting just after John baptized Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Messianic Expectations

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The whole idea of the coming of Christ has very powerful features. Even today it isn’t difficult to get people wondering and hoping for the near return of Christ. In the 1st century AD those who studied the Scriptures knew that the time of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy was nearing its culmination. Some were already looking for his coming. We are told that both Simeon and Anna the prophetess of chapter two in Luke both looked for the coming of Christ (Luke 2:26) and the redemption of Jerusalem (Luke 2:38). It is entirely possible that the Magi that came from the east in Matthew 2 were high ranking Jews from Babylon who waited for and sought the coming of Christ. The problem is that the authorities at Jerusalem, though they knew of his coming (Matthew 2:3-6), didn’t seek him out, as the Magi did. No doubt, this is why John was sent by God. None of the Jewish leaders looked for the Messiah, and the people didn’t know enough to seek him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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