We begin our summer series on portraits of Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke first by considering why Luke chose to write his account of Jesus’ life. Luke describes a dramatic portrait: Jesus unveiling himself as Israel’s Messiah and the world’s Savior to a gathering of Sabbath worshippers who would not hear or believe him. This challenge also reaches forward to us – do we have ‘ears to hear’ the world-shaking claims of Jesus? How do we tell the story of Jesus ourselves?
From Series: "Invited: Stories of Welcome in the Gospel of Luke"
Sermons this summer will focus on portraits of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel. Our recent studies in the life of David pointed forward to Israel’s true sovereign and now we turn to accounts of Jesus whom David called, ”my Lord”. We quickly discover that the ‘son of David’ is much greater than any of the ancients had anticipated. Israel’s king is in fact the savior of the world, the Lord of all. Luke is an apt herald of this message. As the only Gentile among the gospel writers Luke is especially attuned to Jesus’ welcome of those who were outside, unworthy and rejected. The “beloved physician” wrote his account of Jesus’ life as the first of two volumes, knowing he would also recount the story of witnesses who told the world of its savior. After a summer in Luke we will begin the journey of Acts in September.