First Things First, Luke 10:38-42

Once again, as is the case with most of this material in these chapters of Luke, we have an incident not recorded in the other Gospels though it concerns people mentioned in the Gospel of John. There is a question as to why it is located where it …

The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37

Remember, we are near the beginning of a long section of the Gospel of Luke, often referred to in biblical scholarship as Luke’s “great interpolation,” that mostly contains material that is not found in the other Gospels. Assumin…

The Time of the Lord’s Favor, Luke 10:1-24

We’ve come to Luke 10 and will read the first twenty-four verses. We are in that section in  the Gospel of Luke that contains material not found in Matthew and Mark, the other two synoptic Gospels. Luke alone records that in addition…

Our Lord’s Extremes, Luke 9:57-62

Last time we considered a section of short paragraphs, each of which in one way or another revealed some defect in the character and behavior of the disciples. We took encouragement from the fact that even the truest disciples of Jesus were then, …

Oops, Luke 9:37-56

I pointed out in last week’s sermon and in the sermon previous to that that Luke did not include in his narrative of the conversation the Lord had with his disciples at Caesarea Philippi Peter’s rebuke of the Lord for his prediction t…

The Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36

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v.28     The traditional “Mount of Transfiguration” is Mt. Tabor, southwest of the Sea of Galilee. That identification is traditional only and very likely incorrect. It is a long ways from Caesarea …

Radical Discipleship, Luke 9:23-27

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Luke 9 is a long chapter and a very important one in the history of the Lord’s ministry. In Matthew and Mark as well, the verses we are about to read follow immediately upon Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ …

The Invisible Hand (Pentecost), Luke 9:18-22

It is Pentecost and ordinarily I stop what I am doing on Sunday mornings to preach a sermon apropos the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit that Sunday in Jerusalem, 50 days after the Lord’s resurrection. However, looking at the …

The Feeding of the Five Thousand, Luke 9:10-17

The Feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle, apart from the resurrection itself, reported in all four Gospels. That is itself some measure of its importance. It represents the summit of the Lord’s popularity in Galilee and so, as well, the …

The Secret of the Kingdom (Palm Sunday), Luke 8:1-15

It is Palm Sunday and I thought of interrupting our series of sermons on Luke to provide a sermon apropos this particular Sunday of the year – which is what I usually do – but then I realized that the text before us was perfectly suite…

The Religion of Love, Luke 7:36-50

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v.36     We know from elsewhere in the Gospels that not all the Pharisees were overtly hostile to the Lord. In fact to the very end there would be a few who would be among his followers. At this point some wer…

The Humanity, Greatness & Rejection of John the Baptist, Luke 7:18-35

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The Heart of the Lord, Luke 7:1-17

An account of the Lord’s preaching and teaching now complete, Luke returns to the narrative of the Lord’s ministry with the account of two more miracles of healing.
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v.3       Everyone i…

Indicative and Imperative, Luke 6:43-49

The two short paragraphs before us complete Luke’s much shorter version of what we know as the Sermon on the Mount. Interestingly, this material – though in a significantly different form – occurs as well at the end of Matthew&rs…

The Third Race, Luke 6:27-42

We are in the midst of that material that is found in Matthew 5-7 as the Sermon on the Mount. Some of the material we are to read this morning – none of which is a word for word repetition of the same paragraph in Matthew’s version &nd…

What Every Christian Wants, Luke 6:17-26

Now, what follows is what every well-read Christian knows as the Sermon on the Mount . Here, however, Luke speaks of the Lord’s “coming down” and standing on a “level place.” What is more Luke’s version is much…

A Motley Crew, Luke 6:12-16

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v.12     The time reference, “in these days,” is vague. Luke isn’t telling us that this particular event happened immediately after the last one he described and before the next; he is simply tellin…

How Jesus Kept the Sabbath, Luke 6:1-11

We are making our way through the Gospel of Luke, the third Gospel, and we come to chapter 6 and the first two paragraphs of that chapter both of which deal with the Sabbath day.
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v.1       This pra…

Death in the Church, Luke 5:27-39

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v.27     The tax booth was likely to be on the outskirts of town, to catch travelers as they went from town to town. The taxes he collected would have been tolls or custom duties. The term used to describe him,…

The Most Difficult Thing of All, Luke 5:12-26

Remember, we are working our way through a section of the Gospel that provides the reader with a summary of the Lord’s ministry. Representative events are recorded that provide us with an idea of what it was like during those heady days in G…

Following Jesus, Luke 5:1-11

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v.1       Luke always calls this body of water a “lake;” the other Gospel writers follow the OT in calling it a “sea.” It had a variety of names, Gennesaret being one of them, w…

A Day in the Life…, Luke 4:38-44

Two Lord’s Day mornings ago we considered the previous paragraph, the account of the Lord driving a demon out of a man in the synagogue in Capernaum. Now that was a church service! We said that this entire section of the Gospel, which bega…

Jesus and the Demons, Luke 4:31-37

We begin today a section of the Gospel that gives us a picture of the Lord’s ministry. It will be made clear that the events that are recorded are hardly the whole of what might be told, but representative of a much larger body of work, whet…