Scripture: Luke 1-Luke 3
Wow! Are we here already? Half way through the gospels! Luke is believed to have been a doctor. His prose is detailed and thoughtful. Like Mark, he was NOT one of the 12 named disciples. Instead he seems to be another person who traveled with Jesus. He clearly used others reports, and even says that in his introduction. Unlike Matthew, who wrote to the Jews, Luke writes to a Gentile audience. In the first few verses, he says he is writing to Theophilus, or Lover of God. His writing includes themes of social justice, healing, and help for the poor. Luke is actually a longer book that includes Acts. But, we can discuss that in a couple more weeks! If you want more information, see
So much here again! About dreams and about women and pregnancy and angels and shepherds and finding joy in what the world sees as suffering and in prophesy! Did you see the differences in the genealogies? It is fascinating! But, what stood out to me was the story of Anna and Simeon! Simeon's words in my translation (CEV Luke 2:34-35) said to Mary, "This boy is assigned be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel to be a sign that generates opposition, so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your innermost being too!"
Too often we want Jesus to be friendly and gentle. Wallace often calls this Jesus a "Cotton Candy Jesus" one full of air, with little substance. People in my generation often talk about, "Boyfriend Jesus"--the Jesus you sing great love songs to! But that's not the Jesus that Simeon describes. Nor is it the one that Luke will reveal. This Jesus was and IS and always will be revolutionary! He will generate opposition to the status quo. Where are we in our lives being radical for Jesus? Where are we standing up to the the forces of evil? Where is Jesus challenging you to change? Its time to stand up and live a life that generates some opposition! Lord, let it be!
God, let us not be content with the status quo. Show us where we can make changes for you. Let us go into the world making a difference, not just releasing hot air! May we make a difference for you! Amen!
June 23-- Luke 4-Luke 6
June 24-- Luke 7-Luke 9
June 25-- Luke 10-Luke 12
June 26-- Luke 13-Luke 15
June 27-- Luke 16-Luke 18
June 28-- Luke 19-Luke 21
June 29-- Luke 22-Luke 24