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Luke 1:4

Luke 1:4

As with any historian, Luke sets out to use all the available source material and eye-witness accounts of all that the Lord Jesus began to do and to teach during His earthly life, beginning with the joyful news of the conception and birth of John the Baptist - who was appointed by God to be the voice of one, shouting in the wilderness, “prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.'

Though all scripture is read more...

Luke 1:7

Luke 1:7

Our God is a God of miracles and Luke organised his book, so that the miraculous conception and birth of John the Baptist was directly linked with the supernatural conception and birth of His only begotten Son – and we discover they were cousin.

John was the charismatic forerunner of the Lord Jesus, who powerfully proclaimed the arrival of Israel’s Messiah-King. He identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world and warned read more...

Luke 1:11

Luke 1:11

Zacharias had been chosen to offer the morning and evening sacrifice before the Lord. This was the highest honour a priest could be awarded, and it was a once in a lifetime privilege, to be selected to minister before the Lord in this way. It was in the midst of his allotted work that the angel of the Lord visited Zacharias. It was while he was  going about his daily duty before the Lord that this man of God received a visitation from an angel of the Lord, and was read more...

Luke 1:26

Luke 1:26

Doctor Luke was a talented historian who paid careful attention to every little detail of Christ's life and ministry. He began his good news of the gospel of Christ.. based on authentic and corroborated eye-witness accounts, from servants of the Lord.

Luke wrote of all that Jesus started to do.. from the beginning of His earthly ministry until He ascended into heaven from a mountain.. close to the little town of Bethany - leaving read more...

Luke 1:28

Luke 1:28

Six months, after her cousin Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel appeared once more, to bring Mary - a simple, young virgin, who lived in Nazareth, some astonishing news:  Greetings, favoured one, he announced, the Lord is with you.

The word, “favoured', is closely related to the noun, “grace.' Mary found favour with God - She found grace, in the eyes of the Lord. A special honour read more...

Luke 1:31

Luke 1:31

There is no more beautiful name than the lovely name of the Lord Jesus. In Hebrew His name is Joshua, which means the Lord is Salvation, and His life and death was poured out to pay the price for humanities’ sin - for sins past, sins present and sins to come. But here in Luke's gospel we read that His name shall be called Jesus, because He was the one to save His people Israel, from their sins.

Having been saved by grace read more...

Luke 1:32

Luke 1:32

The birth of every baby is a wonderful miracle of life but the birth of the Lord Jesus was the miracle of new life that had been planned by the Most High God in eternity past. The eternal, uncreated Son of God, Creator of heaven and earth and second Person of the Triune Godhead – Who upholds all things by the omnipotent power of His mighty hand was to come to earth and to be born as a little tiny, vulnerable baby boy, in a prepared human body - that was free read more...

Luke 1:33

Luke 1:33

It was not long after Zechariah and Elisabeth had been told of the miraculous conception of their son, who was to become forerunner of the promised Messiah as foretold by the prophet Isaiah, that Mary.. a young virgin from Nazareth was highly favoured. She was visited by the angel Gabriel - the mighty messenger from the Lord, who brought her tidings of great joy.

Like Sarah, Hannah, Ruth and Elizabeth before her.. Mary had found read more...

Luke 1:35

Luke 1:35

The angel Gabriel visited the young Mary of Nazareth to inform her of God's gracious favour towards her, for she had been chosen to give birth to the long awaited, promised Messiah, Who was to sit on the throne of His father David, to reign over the house of Jacob for ever - and His kingdom was to be an everlasting Kingdom. God is indeed the God of the impossible.

A plethora of heavenly truths pounded on the ears of this humble read more...

Luke 1:37

Luke 1:37

This is the beautiful passage that announced to Mary the conception and birth of the lovely Lord Jesus, Who is Messiah of Israel; Saviour of the world; Kinsman Redeemer of humanity and Son of the sovereign God, Who is the highest authority in the universe. The Lord promised that the Seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head, and nothing can change this promise.

God promised Abraham an earthly inheritance, Whose Builder read more...

Luke 1:45

Luke 1:45

This young, teen-age virgin believed God’s word – she trusted that there would be a fulfilment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord, for she was part of Israel’s faithful remnant. Mary was waiting for her Messiah.

She knew the prophecies and the oracles belonged to Israel – she knew theirs was the Shekinah glory; theirs were the covenants, the Law and the prophets – she knew that her Saviour was coming – one read more...

Luke 1:46

Luke 1:46

During her visit to her cousin Elisabeth, the young Mary, who must have reflected so often on the amazing mysteries which had been told to her by the angel Gabriel, exploded into an ecstatic song of rejoicing praise and exultant exhilaration, as she sang her psalm of celebration - and marvelled at the wonderful work of God - her Saviour and Lord.

Mary's whole being participated in this outburst of praise. She was one of a read more...

Luke 1:53

Luke 1:53

In her glorious song of praise to God for the great gift that lay hidden in her secret place, Mary celebrates the grace, mercy and faithfulness of God, pronouncing an eternal truth that rejoices all who seek after the Lord with a needy heart, in humility of spirit and a deep hungering longing for Him. The whole of mankind, whether they be rich or poor, sinner or saved - all rely upon God's grace and bounty, for man cannot so much as draw a single breath, to read more...

Luke 1:63

Luke 1:63

The song of rejoicing that Zechariah sang at the celebration of the birth of his baby son, was a touching foretelling of the important, prophetic role his child would play, in life and times of Israel and their promised Messiah.

It was on the eighth day, when the baby John was to be circumcised, in the presence of all his neighbours and read more...

Luke 1:69

Luke 1:69

Salvation is from the Lord and God has raised up a horn of Salvation. A horn in scripture denotes strength and authority, might and power and God has raised up a horn of salvation for us – a strong and mighty Saviour, from the house and lineage of Israel’s king David - Who was to have the authority and power of the Almighty God.

Israel had been waiting for 400 silent years – but slowly and secretly the plans and purposes read more...

Luke 1:78

Luke 1:78

The glory of God had left the Temple and for centuries the voice of the prophet had been silenced in Israel. But the Lord had not forgotten His people, for the day at last came when once again He spoke through the mouth of Zacharias – who was to utter a prophecy, that the promised kingdom of God, and salvation, through the long-awaited Messiah, was at last dawning.

It was through God’s grace and love that the Light read more...

Luke 1:79

Luke 1:79

After having been struck dumb for nine months, because he doubted God’s power to give him, and his elderly wife Elisabeth, a child – Zechariah’s son John was born, amidst much rejoicing and praise.

Zechariah was an elderly priest, who was given a wonderful answer to prayer. In a vision from the Lord, he was told that his prayers had been answered and that his wife was to bear a son, who was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah. The read more...

Luke 2:1

Luke 2:1

No matter where we are in the timeline of history and regardless of our geographical location, we know with certainty that God is in control. No matter what our personal situation may be and irrespective of the evil and madness that is permeating the nations today, we have an assurance that God will use all things that affect our lives - and the nations of the world.. whether they are good or evil, to forward His perfect plans and purposes. for our eternal benefit read more...

Luke 2:10

Luke 2:10

“Fear not', were the first words that were spoken by the angel of the Lord, who came upon an insignificant group of shepherds, when they were abiding in the fields one night, keeping watch over a flock of sheep - close to the little town of Bethlehem.

Bethlehem was the city of David, through whom God had promised to send a Saviour, Who would shepherd His people Israel. The angel was a messenger, sent from the Lord, to tell His read more...

Luke 2:11

Luke 2:11

Despite the testimony of John the Baptist, which announced the arrival of Israel's Messiah-King, and the many signs and wonders that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry, we read that the Lord Jesus was despised and rejected by the religious leaders of His day, and was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I wonder why the religious leaders rejected His heavenly witness.

In spite of His own gracious words, His read more...

Luke 2:14

Luke 2:14

What a glorious sight those shepherds must have encountered, that night, when the angel of the Lord suddenly appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them - as they tended their little flock of sheep, on those dark hills, encircling the little town of Bethlehem.

No wonder the Bible records that they were sore afraid. But what a great consolation, to hear the angel's comforting words, and receive his read more...

Luke 2:32

Luke 2:32

Simeon was a righteous man who had been promised by God that he would not die before he had seen with his own eyes the promised Hope of Israel, the appointed Messiah Who would save His people from their sin. Simeon had been given a promise from God that he would not die until he had seen the One for whom all Israel was waiting - the Seed of the woman; the Messiah of Israel; the Servant of God.. the Saviour of the whole world.

He read more...

Luke 3:7

Luke 3:7

It was in the 15th year, of the reign of Tiberius, that the voice of John the Baptist, resounded across the wilderness - prepare ye way of the Lord. Make His path straight. The humble in heart would be saved and satisfied, while the proud and arrogant would be brought low. Dishonest men would become morally upright, while those that were uncouth and crude, would become submissive and refined.

John had been appointed by read more...

Luke 3:21

Luke 3:21

It was only after all the people had been baptised that finally Jesus came to the banks of the Jordan to be baptised of John - the final prophet and priest of Israel and forerunner of the Messiah. Oh, He was not being baptised with John's baptism of repentance, for the holy Lamb of God was sinless.

Jesus had come to fulfill all the righteous requirements of the Law that were demanded for the role of God's High Priest- for like read more...

Luke 3:22

Luke 3:22

the baptism of the Lord Jesus is a beautiful picture of the Trinity working in harmony and this verse is a glorious illustration of the Godhead meeting in unity. What an astonishing happening that Father, Son and Holy Spirit should unite at this significant moment in history, when the eternal Son of God as the perfect Son of Man is commissioned to begin His earthly ministry to a lost and dying world.

Christ was in prayer when the read more...

Luke 3:23

Luke 3:23

It appears that His baptism in the Jordan, was a particular mile-stone in Christ's life, which divided His three and a half year ministry from His pre-ministerial period. It was while Jesus was praying at His baptism that the voice of God was heard authenticating Him as God's beloved Son, in Who He is well pleased, while the Spirit of God descended upon Him, in bodily form - like a Dove.

Luke includes Christ genealogy at read more...

Luke 3:38

Luke 3:38

The host of heaven and shining stars were created of God in one mighty moment. let there be... But God formed one man from the dust of the ground that He has just created, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being in the image of God. Adam became the unique father of race of men, and Adam was of God.

Every human being was not created at one moment in time, read more...

Luke 4:1

Luke 4:1

'This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased,' were the wonderful words of encouragement that thundered from heaven when the Lord Jesus fulfilled all righteousness.. by being baptised, by John in the Jordan river. Christ's earthly ministry and three year trek to Calvary's bitter cup, which had been prepared for Him before the foundation of the world.. was about to begin.

The first Adam had failed miserably to fulfil read more...

Luke 4:14

Luke 4:14

At His baptism the Lord Jesus was endowed with the Holy Spirit when the Spirit of God descended upon Him in bodily form, like a dove.. after which Jesus, Who had been filled with the Holy Spirit was led away from the Jordan River into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and was tempted of Satan - and triumphed.

At the beginning of His ministry we discover the Lord Jesus to be both supported by the Spirit and led by Him, read more...

Luke 4:18

Luke 4:18

For thirty-three years, the God of the universe stepped out of eternity into time. He broke into the timeline of the earth’s history, as the perfect Man, in order to secure redemption for all, who would believe on His name.

He was the anointed One, Who would redeem His people, as foretold by the prophets of old. He came as God incarnate – fully God yet fully Man, so that His shed blood would pay the full price of mankind’s bottomless swamp of read more...

Luke 4:18

Luke 4:18

Jesus had been teaching the good news of the gospel of the kingdom to the lost sheep of the house of Israel for over a year. God's kingdom had finally arrived for He was indeed the promised King of Israel, who will one day sit upon the throne of His father David. Jesus was the prophesised Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the whole world, Who will one day bring in His eternal kingdom - for He is King of kings, Lord of lords and God incarnate.

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Luke 4:19

Luke 4:19

The Lord Jesus is the prefect manifestation of the grace of God and on one specific day in the little synagogue at Nazareth He stood up to proclaim His revolutionary mission.. that He was the promised Messiah of Israel and that He had come from God to address the enormous humanitarian problems on earth.

Jesus revealed that He would deal with poverty, sorrow, bondage, suffering and oppression. He had come to proclaim the year of read more...

Luke 4:40

Luke 4:40

We are fallen sinners, living in a corrupted world, and we are incapable of keeping God's Law. We sin because we are born sinners, which means that that it is impossible for us to keep perfect Law. As fallen men and women, who break God's law, our just dessert is death - and our brief time, here on earth, dictates that our bodies and souls are prone to trials and tribulations - disease, distress and disability.

Jesus was born read more...

Luke 5:8

Luke 5:8

Peter and the other disciples had been witness to certain signs and wonders, which we discover were designed to authenticate Christ's claims to be the anointed Messiah of Israel, for all that He said and all that He did was foretold by the prophets of old. We read of His power over unclean spirits and demons, which caused His fame to spread far and wide.. and Peter himself was witness to many such healing and miracles. Peter had seen his own mother-in-law read more...

Luke 5:31

Luke 5:31

The Holy Spirit of God was upon the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was sent by the Father to bring good news to those that were afflicted. He came to bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to captives, declare freedom to prisoners, and to pour out the Lord's favour on all who trust in Him.

Jesus came to comfort all who mourn.. and to adorn each one with a glorious garland instead of ashes. He came to offer the oil of gladness to read more...

Luke 5:32

Luke 5:32

Jesus was the perfect Son of God and He came in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet without sin. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. He did not come to save righteous people for there were no righteous people - not one, for all have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God… and so all are sinners, and all need a Saviour.

The Pharisees criticised the Lord Jesus for eating with sinners, not realising that from read more...

Luke 6:27

Luke 6:27

Just as true wisdom is spiritually discerned so godly love is only possible in the life of a believer, who is walking in spirit and truth. Godly love is very different from the selfish, self-seeking human love of the natural man or the carnal Christian. Godly love is a love that transcends human understanding.. a love that has died to all self-centered, human motivation.Godly love is a love that allows the supernatural love of Christ to be freely manifested within read more...

Luke 6:28

Luke 6:28

True righteousness and godly love are two sides of the same coin, but neither are possible by human effort, strict training, mortifying of the flesh or by self-denial. True righteousness and unconditional, godly love.. is the supernatural enabling of a child of God.. BY the Spirit of God, through faith.

To love our enemies and to do good to those that hate us, is impossible in our own strength. Blessing those that curse us and read more...

Luke 6:29

Luke 6:29

In Luke's gospel, we find the Lord giving a similar message to Matthew's sermon-on-the-mount. However, He delivers this teaching in the low-lands on the plain. Indeed, in this sermon-on-the-plateau, Jesus is not only speaking to His disciples, but also to the disinterested multitudes, and hypocritical Pharisees, that only followed Him for physical healing, self-help or destructive criticism.

Christ's discourse, is a stern message read more...

Luke 6:30

Luke 6:30

A serious and thought-provoking discourse was given to Christ's chosen disciples and the wider multitude alike - on the high cost of discipleship, in this radical sermon-on-the-plain, which was recorded by Luke.

Jesus taught them four blessings that would be received by those who hungered after godliness, and were persecuted for righteousness sake.. while an equal number of woes were passed upon those who were rich, and read more...

Luke 6:31

Luke 6:31

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you', is often an aggressive accusation, that is blurted out by someone who has been offended by another person.. who does not understand the context or underlying principle upon which this instruction, from the Lord Jesus, is given.

In Matthew, we read a similar command: “do to others whatever you would like them to do unto you'.. and this has often been read more...

Luke 6:35

Luke 6:35

Human nature generally indicates that we are able to love the people who love us. Unsaved men and women prove this to be true. Loving those that love us comes naturally, and although there may well be a selfish motive underlying human love.. Jesus tells us that if you only love those that love you, there is no credit connected with this, in God's divine administration.

Loving, lending and giving to others, too often has an read more...

Luke 6:36

Luke 6:36

As children of God we are called to be follow Christ's example, and to be imitators of Him. Jesus was the holy One of Israel, and we are called to be holy, just as Christ was holy. Be holy, for I the Lord Your God am holy, we are challenged. Love as I have loved and be perfect, for I the Lord Your God am perfect.

We are instructed to be perfect in understanding, thoroughly furnished for every good work. read more...

Luke 6:38

Luke 6:38

Christ’s sermon on the mount in Matthew is geared towards its Jewish listeners, while a similar teaching in Luke have Gentiles as its target audience.

The subject of both dialogues is the gospel of the kingdom and Jesus begins His discourse in Luke with four blessings, for those who by faith follow Him, and four woes for those who reject read more...

Luke 9:11

Luke 9:11

The Lord Jesus was 'the One Who was to come'.. as prophesised throughout the Jewish scriptures. Jesus was sent by God the Father to be the Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the whole world. He was born into the Jewish nation and had come to save the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He had come as the Shepherd of His people. He had come to save His people from their sins.

Like so many before Him, John the Baptist read more...

Luke 9:20

Luke 9:20

The crowds had been following Jesus because of the mighty miracles He performed but they did not understand the spiritual implications of His mission. The multitudes had just been miraculously fed with multiplied bread and fishes, but they were blinded to the reality of His ministry as: “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.'

And as the day of His crucifixion drew ever closer, (when He would offer Himself up as read more...

Luke 9:23

Luke 9:23

The Lord Jesus had just finished His ministry in the Galilee area and set His face to Jerusalem. He started to prepare His followers for His fast approaching death and resurrection. He started to train His disciples for their post resurrection ministry and increasingly He made hints about His person; His sacrifice on the cross and His coming kingdom.

Jesus not only started to explain privately to His disciples about His mission read more...

Luke 9:35

Luke 9:35

Jesus was transfigured in front of the three disciples who were part of His 'inner circle', not long after Peter had made the earth-shattering confession, You are the Christ the Son of the living God, and for the first time in His life and ministry the Lord Jesus gave this little group of men a taste of the heavenly glory that He had with the Father, before the world began - a peep in the eternal glory that He had set aside, in order to live and die as read more...

Luke 10:1

Luke 10:1

Jesus sent a group of 70 disciples (some manuscripts say 72) as heralds along the route that He was to take from Caesarea Philippi on His journey to Jerusalem. Their mission was to alert the people in the various cities and towns along the way.. to the wonderful news that the kingdom of God was very near and that Jesus of Nazareth.. the King of the Jews was soon to pass that way.

It was a very similar commission to the read more...

Luke 10:16

Luke 10:16

The Lord Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. He is the Word of God Who became flesh. He is incarnate Deity, Who came down from heaven to dwell among the children of men. He is the one and only Person, in whom all the fullness of the Godhead, dwells. He came to reveal God to man and to mediate between man and God

The eternal Son of God was born into the human race as the perfect Son of Man, and the radiance of His read more...

Luke 10:20

Luke 10:20

As the Lord Jesus Christ continued His journey towards Jerusalem and the cross, we discover an increasing opposition to His Messianic claims. As the day for His departure drew ever closer, we find Jesus preparing men for a ministry, that would shortly be handed over to them. After His death, burial and resurrection, these men were to become members of His Body on earth - through whom the gospel of God would be taught to the far corners of the earth.

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Luke 10:25

Luke 10:25

For three years the Lord Jesus presented Himself to the lost sheep of the house of Israel as their promised Messiah. He was the Saviour Whom prophets foretold would save His people from their sins.. and long after Jesus explained to Nicodemus that a man must be born again to receive eternal life, we discover a lawyer, who was an expert in the Law of Moses, who also came to the Lord Jesus to a seek an alternative way of salvation by asking the read more...

Luke 10:27

Luke 10:27

“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' was a legitimate question that this man, who was an expert in the Mosaic Law asked the Lord Jesus. The Lord did not answer directly but responded with a counter-question. “'What is written in the law?' He asked him, 'and how do you read it?'

Oh his quick reply came directly from perfect Law of Moses and with keen enthusiasm this clever lawyer was read more...

Luke 10:42

Luke 10:42

The Lord Jesus reminds us that without Him, we can do nothing. Our dependence upon His person and His provision is what He is seeking from all His children, if we are to grow in grace and produce good fruit to His praise and glory. One of the biggest danger in our spiritual walk is to render Him service without receiving from Him the sufficient strength to carry out the task.

Mary of Bethany is found on three occasions simply read more...

Luke 11:1

Luke 11:1

Although we often imagine the ministry of John the Baptist to be one of a passionate prophet, who ate locusts and wild honey as he wandered in the wilderness and accused the proud, unrepentant Pharisees of being a brood of vipers, he was also a man dedicated to prayer, who prayed in the in spirit and power of Elijah.. and John instructed his followers to pray passionately to their Creator God. But Christ's daily devotion to prayer was that of a beloved Son, read more...

Luke 11:2

Luke 11:2

When the Lord Jesus taught His disciple to pray He did not give them a magic format to repeat as a vain repetition, but a method of prayer to use, as we approached the throne of grace - a model of prayer that embraces praise, worship, petition, supplications, intercessions, thanksgiving and fellowship with our Father in heaven.

We are to offer our prayer to our Father, Who is seated in the heaven of heaven. We are to acknowledging read more...

Luke 12:15

Luke 12:15

How easy it is for a believer to take his eyes off the spiritual to concentrate on the temporal – how easy it is to look away from heavenly things and direct our attentions to earthly pursuits. The child of God is to have an eternal perspective, and our hope of a reward laid up for us in heaven, should be a far greater incentive for us to live a life that is pleasing to the Father - than the accumulation of things that will soon pass away in this world. But too read more...

Luke 12:22

Luke 12:22

Somehow in the human psyche we quite 'like' to have a few 'worries' under our belt. Everyone seems to be worried about this and that, about relationships and redundancies, life and living, health and happiness, food and finances, the government and global issues, sleeplessness, stress, strain and supply. But the Lord Jesus in this extended dialogue to his followers cautions of the foolishness of fretting and the futility of worry, for it results in a fruitless read more...

Luke 12:27

Luke 12:27

So often we are told in scripture to consider We are called upon to consider; to contemplate; to reflect upon; to think about; to mull over and  to ponder. So often we are encouraged to consider the lilies! What could be simpler than to consider a little wayside flower that nods its head in the breezes and bends its stalk with the wind, before shedding its petals and hiding once again under its earthy bed, waiting for spring to call forth new shoots to declare read more...

Luke 12:31

Luke 12:31

In this everyday world of living, worry has become the accepted 'norm', but the truth of this verse is staggering, when once accepted and applied. Our minds should not cave in to life's problems and perplexities but should be cast upon the heavenly Man. Worry in its various guises and disguises is a sin that reflects unbelief in God's gracious promises of provision. How much more important that we should praise and thank God that we have been redeemed by the blood read more...

Luke 12:32

Luke 12:32

The Messiah was SENT by God to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But there were other sheep in different sheep-folds for the good Shepherd to care for and so the Father also GAVE the same unique Son of His love, because He loved the world so much, that whosoever believes on His name, should not perish and be condemned, but have everlasting life and be forever free from condemnation.

The crowd that followed Jesus were only read more...

Luke 13:7

Luke 13:7

God knows the end from the beginning. He knew Israel would treat John the Baptist's call to repentance with disdain and reject Christ's Messianic claims. He knew Jesus would be despised by the Jews and crucified on a Roman cross. He knew He would come to His own people to claim His rightful position as King but would not be received - BUT God had to fulfil His promises to the patriarchs, which is why much of Christ's early teaching was only to the lost read more...

Luke 13:34

Luke 13:34

I think this must be one of the most grievous things that the Lord Jesus had to go through in His ministry, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. They had been chosen as God's people.. through whom all the families of the earth would be blessed. They were given the holy Scriptures and the promises of God.. Who pledged to send a Messiah, Who would save His people from their sins.

They were unique among the nations for they read more...

Luke 14:27

Luke 14:27

God in the Person of Jesus Christ came to earth and was born into His own creation so that all who believe in His finished work on Calvary's cross, for the forgiveness of sin might be forgiven - and have eternal life.

The Father's offer of salvation is open to whosoever will come as a free gift of grace.. But discipleship, sets out some very rigorous requirements.. for when it comes to true discipleship the Lord Jesus is more read more...

Luke 15:11

Luke 15:11

Jesus came to die for the sin of everyman, because all have sinned. All fall short of the glory of God and no one reaches the perfect standard that He demands. Jesus came to call all men to repentance - to turn from their sins and to turn back to God, for there are none righteous, not even one.

All men need forgiveness of sins in order to be brought back into a right relationship with God.. if they are to enter the kingdom of read more...

Luke 15:21

Luke 15:21

The parable of the prodigal son is connected to a section, that contrasts the rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that cries out to God for the forgiveness of sin, with the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees of Christ's day, who trusted in their own righteousness, and were blinded to the reality of their sins. Both the prodigal and the pharisee grieved their heavenly Father, and both were in need of His gracious forgiveness.

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Luke 16:13

Luke 16:13

Elijah once challenged Israel: how long will you hesitate between two opinions, and James warned Christians that an indecisive and double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

It was Christ Himself Who taught that no one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other.

Conflict of interest enters-in read more...

Luke 18:1

Luke 18:1

So much of the Lord's teachings were demonstrated through stories and parables but familiarity with the text and a less than perfect translation has often reduced the urgency of a message or conceals the significant truth that lies within.

In his gospel, Luke was seeking to convey the absolute necessity and the imperative demand for men to pray at all times; to remain in constant communion with the Lord and not to lose hope or to read more...

Luke 18:7

Luke 18:7

Christ uses the parable of the widow woman and the unjust judge to encourage us to be continually in prayer.. to pray without ceasing - to remain in constant communion with the Lord, as we petition Him for the blessings we need from His gracious hand - especially when those blessings seem to be delayed.

But this is not a teaching that describes a God as a worldly judge Who is reluctant to bestow His blessings, but rather a read more...

Luke 18:41

Luke 18:41

Imagine receiving a letter from the apostle Paul. He had been chosen as God's apostle to the gentiles and had been entrusted with the mysteries of Christ and the Church, which had been kept hidden for ages and generation.

What I joy it must have been to have been a member of the Ephesian congregation, and to read: I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints. What a thrill it would read more...

Luke 19:10

Luke 19:10

I am sure when he got up that morning, Zacchaeus did not expect that before long he would be entertaining the Son of God in his own home.

As a rich, important and chief tax-collector he was an individual who was hated by the Jews and despised by the Romans and was quite possibly a man who had been a swindler or a thief. But Jesus took time to come to him, to call to him and to open up for him the path of salvation, for Jesus has read more...

Luke 19:26

Luke 19:26

So much of the word of God is written to the believer and this verse is no exception and although this parable was directed at the Jews, who were about to reject their King and crucify their Messiah, it also has beautiful application to church age believers. Just days before His crucifixion the Lord Jesus visited the city of Jericho. He knew He was about to be rejected and crucified but His plea continued to be towards the lost sheep of the house of Israel whom He read more...

Luke 22:19

Luke 22:19

The Lamb, Who was slain from the foundation of the world, meekly stood before His disciples on this unique Passover of all Passovers, to proclaim This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.  Year after years since the miraculous exodus from Egypt, the people of Israel had taken a little innocent – spotless lamb and slain it on the altar of sacrifice, before the God of Israel – as a picture of the promised Messiah, Who was to read more...

Luke 22:27

Luke 22:27

The Lord Jesus was sent by God to be the suffering Servant for the sin of mankind and throughout His earthly life He became the perfect example of dignity, greatness, humility and gracious service.

Imagine the scene - Jesus knew that the hour of His death had arrived when He would be despised and rejected of men, betrayed, denied and deserted by His closest friends and slain on a cross as Israel's Passover Lamb.. and the read more...

Luke 22:31

Luke 22:31

There is so much comfort in these words for all believers and much to learn as well. Job, Paul and Simon Peter are all examples of men that Satan sought to sift as wheat, but the enemy does not have carte-blanche authority to ‘sift’ or harm any believer.

Satan must seek permission from God if he is going to try your faith or mine, or indeed the faith or any particular believer, by inflicting trials and read more...

Luke 22:32

Luke 22:32

The enemy is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and eks to sift all God’s children like wheat. However, he has to ask God’s permission and God is faithful; and will not let any one of us be tempted beyond what we can bear. But what is so special is that the Lord Jesus, as a man understand out weaknesses but as God, He is both omniscient and omnipotent - and He intercedes for us in the heavenly places - so that our faith will not fail. We see Christ’s read more...

Luke 22:42

Luke 22:42

In the final moments before being handed over to be crucified the Lord Jesus was found earnestly praying to His Father about His forthcoming betrayal and crucifixion.. Jesus had called His weary disciples to be earnest in prayer as well - so that they would not fall into temptation. And as the appointed time for the work of redemption drew ever closer, the Lord Jesus is found on His face beseeching the Father: if you are willing, remove this cup from Me.. read more...

Luke 23:34

Luke 23:34

In the midst of the most shocking miscarriage of justice when hatred against God and His Christ reach the pinnacle of humanities evil, we have a glimpse into the Father-heart of God and the infinite passion and love of the Son with these eternal words: Father forgive them, they know not what they do.

Despised, rejected and dying on the cross, with outstretched arms of love, to redeem mankind from their sins. The first thought on the mind of our read more...

Luke 23:43

Luke 23:43

The one and only Saviour of the world hung on a cruel wooden cross, with His arms of forgiveness wide open to all who would trust His name. The armies of heaven were at His disposal, but He could never respond to the jeering crowd that taunted, if you are the Son of God, come down from the cross and save Yourself, for to do so would have shut the door to paradise for everyone, and slammed closed the gates of heaven for ever, with no hope for mankind in the read more...

Luke 23:46

Luke 23:46

The precious beauty of this bloody scene is multiplied by the significance of the many wonders and beautiful words that accompany this precious moment in the centre of time, space and eternity. Heaven was hushed, and time stood still as the only begotten Son of God as the perfect Son of Man paid the price for the sin of the world.

 Gracious forgiveness had been extended to whosoever would trust in His saving sacrifice and a precious promise of read more...

Luke 24:2

Luke 24:2

To watch the Son of God, suffer so cruelly on the cross, must have broken the heart of so many people, who loved this holy Lamb of God, Who had come to seek and to save that which was lost.

We are told that Joseph of Aramathea, a good and righteous man, went boldly to Pilate, and craved the dead body of Jesus, which he wrapped in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb. He had been a secret disciple of Christ for some time – but was now, read more...

Luke 24:6

Luke 24:6

We are so familiar with the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus, through which we who believe have received His resurrected life, that we often lose the poignancy of the event. The grief-stricken women who loved their Lord so deeply and had witness Christ's excruciating punishment and death, had been prevented from anointing His body due to religious restrictions.

Many tears must have flowed since His death.. as the annual read more...

Luke 24:26

Luke 24:26

Sometimes we can be so distressed or disappointed; so angry or worried; so hurt or fearful that we miss the incredible blessing that God has organised in our very midst. This is what happened to His disciples following Christ’s cruel crucifixion. They were so deeply affected by the great travesty they had just witnessed, that they almost missed the incredible blessings that it brought in its wake.

Mary lingered a long time at read more...

Luke 24:27

Luke 24:27

For three days and nights the Lord Jesus was buried in the securely guarded tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, but on that astonishing resurrection morning, long nights of weeping turned to joy and laughter, as first the women, and then various individuals and groups of disciples were visited by the risen Lord Jesus Christ - Who revealed Himself to those He loved, and to those that loved Him.

One of the most beautiful meetings must have read more...

Luke 24:45

Luke 24:45

What an amazing Bible study those two disciples received from the Lord Jesus on the road to Emmaus that day, when He opened their hearts to understand the Scriptures - truths to which their minds had previously been blinded. It is possible that some of the passages to which the Lord referred were verses they themselves knew by heart, and most likely would have recognised from the weekly synagogue reading, each Sabbath day. Jesus referred to the Law, the read more...