The Call of the King 2: Lose Your Life

The Call of the King 2: Lose Your Life

Most commentators see this passage in Luke as the central “hinge” that holds the two parts of Luke together. In the first part that we have been exploring since January, the central question is “Who is this man?” Jesus is teaching and behaving and acting in ways that evoke amazement and bewildered questions about his identity. Luke is building a case that this person is none other than the promised Messiah and the incarnate Son of God.

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Identity of the King 10: The Savior of Sinners

Identity of the King 10: The Savior of Sinners

In this week’s story, Luke paints a dramatic picture of two people who claim to be interested in Jesus, who want to know him, and want to hear what he has to say. By the end of the story though, these two people look very different— one is transformed, full of assurance and joy, and understanding the grace freely given to her. The other leaves unchanged, condemned and confused.

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Identity of the King 9: The Author of Faith

Identity of the King 9: The Author of Faith

In this story Luke is describing yet another incident in which Jesus powerfully heals, but his emphasis this time is less on the healing and more on the faith of the man in question, the Centurion. The story says that Jesus was “amazed” at this man’s faith (7:9) - one of the very few places in the gospels where Jesus commends the way someone approaches him. It should make us stop and ask- how did this man approach Jesus, what was so remarkable about it, and what does it suggest about how we should approach Jesus too? 

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Identity of the King 6: The Healer of the Sick

Identity of the King 6: The Healer of the Sick

As we continue to unpack the Identity of the King, we see in Luke 5:17-26 that Jesus proclaims who he is with his words and his actions.  Jesus is presented with a paralyzed man and the first thing he does is forgive the man of his sins.  As Jesus is questioned about his ability and authority, he then heals the man physically, showing that Jesus is the one who can forgive sins, he shows that he is God.

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Identity of the King 1: The Beloved Son

Identity of the King 1: The Beloved Son

Chapters 1, 2, 3 (and 4:1-13) in Luke’s Gospel form an introduction to the gospel message featuring Jesus’ public ministry. In chapter one, the story begins with angelic messages about promised births to Elizabeth and Zechariah plus Mary and Joseph. Luke 2 gives us the amazing birth narrative of Jesus, complete with shepherds and angels and a manger. And then there are two Temple scenes: one with baby Jesus and one with Jesus as a boy.

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