The Thursday Midweek Group was canceled for this week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t keep growing while it’s snowing. Spend a little time in God’s Word tonight.
Pray: Ask God to speak to you tonight through his Word as it is presented here. Ask Him to grow your knowledge, convict your heart and encourage your faith.
Look and Learn:
As I mentioned, we are looking at the Gospel of Luke. So let’s start right at the beginning.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
I hope that you noticed a couple of important things about how Luke researched to put his book together. He got his information from eye-witnesses. He carefully investigated everything. And then he organized it in an orderly way.
Does it encourage you to know that when you read about Jesus you are reading legitimate testimony from eye-witnesses? Are you glad to know that all the details were carefully investigated?
Like Luke, we should also want to use the resources available to us to investigate the life and teachings of Jesus. We have the Bible and many theological resources, but often we just let our Bibles sit around and get dusty. But shouldn’t we make the most of the great resource that Luke worked so hard to organize for us?
So, as we begin our investigation, we need to ask, “What really happened?” And we need to start at the beginning. Maybe the most foundational issue has to do with who Jesus is. Was He a good teacher who lived and died? Was He more legend than man? Well, let’s see what an angel had to say. An angel came to Mary and told her that she would have a son and the following is a part of that conversation.
So who was Jesus? The angel said that He would be the Son of God. However, He was also bornfrom Mary – a normal human woman. Therefore, we can see that Jesus was God and man. But not in the ancient Greek mythological sense. He was not a half-God. Jesus was 100% God and 100% human. (Read Colossian 1:15-20 for more info on that)
Jesus became one of us to rescue us. God became a man to save the race of men. Look at the passage below and read about what kind of person He came to save. Not just the good people. Not just the wealthy or special. He came for everyone – the oppressed, the sick, the poor and prisoners.
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The Gospel is for everyone. That is Good News. But that Gospel is also needed by everyone. We all need Jesus. This is a sticking point with many people and Christ. We don’t easily want to trust that we really need Him or that we are hopeless without Him. Take a few moments to think about the following response questions in light of that.
- Are there any barriers that keep you from really trusting in Jesus? Do you find his story credible? Do you have a desire to follow Him?
- Are there barriers that keep you from sharing about Jesus? What stops you from being like Luke and sharing a full account of who Jesus is and what He had done with the people you care about?
Feel free to contact Kelly with any questions or thoughts you might have!