Since Jesus’ disciples did not fast, they stood out like a “sore thumb.” Yet as we listen to Jesus’ words about himself in these verses, the story reveals the glory of Christ in a life-changing way, and gives even greater certainty concerning the things we have been taught.
Before us is yet another example of how Jesus deals with sinners. What makes the encounter of Jesus and Levi powerful is that we see not just how Jesus deals with sinners, but the worst of sinners. Then words of our Lord in this story sheds even greater divine light on our lord and his mission to sinners.
Luke has written his gospel so that believers may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. He has carefully crafted a story about Jesus, and with great skill has shown us that Jesus of Nazareth was far from an ordinary man. In today’s brief story of the healing of the leper, Luke with a dense, rich story adds even more to our understanding of who Jesus is. In so doing, God’s Word also speaks to how men should approach Jesus.
In God’s providence, two boats rested on or near the shore of the Sea of Galilee One of them belonged to Simon Peter. In this important story of Peter’s call to discipleship, Peter’s boat becomes almost a character in itself. In each segment of this account, the boat has a role to play. the story in part is about a boat, and even more so about peter’s calling to follow Jesus and work for him. But this story is, once again, most about our Lord Jesus.
In the passage, Luke bookends the whole account of Jesus’ ministry in Capernaum with the ministry of the word. He also draws our attention to the authority of Jesus. The emphasis on authority, as we will see, supports and strengthens Jesus’ teaching authority.
In this passage, Luke introduces the preaching and teaching ministry of Jesus. He does not emphasize Jesus’ miracles, but draws our attention to his teaching. To do this, he chooses an episode form Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, when he came to his hometown of Nazareth. I want you to notice three aspects of Christ’s ministry:
The Spirit’s Power upon Jesus’ teaching (vv 14-15)
The Messianic Anointing for Jesus’ Teaching (vv 16-21)
3. The Familiar Rejection of Jesus’ Teaching (vv 22-30)
In this passage, Luke introduces the preaching and teaching ministry of Jesus. He does not emphasize Jesus’ miracles, but draws our attention to his teaching. To do this, he chooses an episode from Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, when he came to his hometown of Nazareth. I want you to notice three aspects of Christ’s ministry:
The Spirit’s Power upon Jesus’ Teaching (vv 14-15)
The Messianic Anointing of for Jesus’ Teaching (vv 16-21)
The Familiar Rejection of Jesus’ Teaching (vv 22-30)
We can learn much here about temptation, and we will. But this is not so much about the nature of temptation as it is about the victorious obedience and submission of the son of God to the will of the Father. In fact, the Devil’s basis for temptation is Christ’s identity as the son of God.v3: If you are the son of God… v9: If you are the son of God. How did Jesus prove himself to be the son of Godin his temptations?
Genealogies aren’t always exiting. Sometimes they puzzle us, and we struggle to stay awake while we read them in out morning devotions. But as you’ll see I hope you’ll see today, Luke does not give us a passage like this perfunctory or pointless list of names. We can take great profit from a passage like this. Here are four things we can learn from Luke’s genealogy of Jesus Christ: 1. Christ’s Virgin Birth 2.Christ the Fulfillment of Prophecy 3. Christ the Son of Sinful Men 4. Christ the Representative of All Humanity