Jesus hung between two criminals as he was crucified. Both of these men wanted Jesus to save them. One demanded salvation on his own terms. The other threw himself at the mercy of the Lord. Through Jesus’ interaction with these two men in the last moments of their lives, we see that Jesus extends grace to all who believe that he is the Savior that we need.
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.