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Week 38 Day 3
Luke's Gospel is unique in that
he is believed to have been a physician
and we have no record
that he ever met Jesus personally
He showed his contemporaries
that they did not have to be an eyewitness
in order to believe in Jesus.
Luke also wrote the book of Acts
Together these two books of the Bible
are an account of Christianity
from its humble beginnings
in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
and then shows how the Gospel message spread
throughout the whole Roman Empire
within the lifetime of the original twelve disciples!
The four Gospels record many of the same stories
and sometimes it appears
that they copied from each other
But Luke contains several well-known parables of Jesus
which are not included
in the other three Gospels
Among them are the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son
Other stories told only in Luke include
the events and people surrounding Jesus' birth
Jesus in the temple at age 12
and the Emmaus walkers.
BLESSING AND WOE; SORROW AND JOYFreedom, healing, and the unexpected news of God's favor. Luke 4, 6 & 10
16Jesus came to Nazareth, went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. He opened the book, and
found where it was written: 18"The Spirit of the Lord is upon
Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the
poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim
liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty those who are oppressed; 19to proclaim the acceptable
year of the Lord." 20He gave the book to the attendant and sat
down. The eyes of all were fixed on Him. 21And He began to
say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
12He went to the mountain to pray, and continued all night
in prayer to God. 17Then He came down and stood on a level
place with a crowd of people who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases.
20Then He lifted His eyes toward His disciples, and said:
"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
24"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn . 26Woe to
you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to
the false prophets."
25A lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 27He answered and said,
"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul,
strength, and mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'" 29But
he, wanting to justify himself, said, "Who is my neighbor?"
30Jesus said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to
Jericho and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31By chance
a priest came down that road. When he saw him, he passed by
on the other side. 32Likewise a Levite, arriving at the place,
came and looked, and passed on by. 33But a Samaritan, as
he journeyed, saw him, and had compassion. 34He bandaged
his wounds, set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn,
and took care of him. 35The next day, he said to the innkeeper,
'Take care of him; and I will repay you.' 36Which of these three
was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" 37He said,
"He who showed mercy." Jesus said, "Go and do likewise." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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