Luke 4:1-12: It Is Written

1 Kings 17-18, Psalm 119:81-88, Luke 4:1-12, Ephesians 5:22-33 Luke 4:1-12: Jesus now, fulfilling the calling of being the perfect Son, the son that Israel failed to be, goes into the desert, as Israel did for forty years, and fasts as Moses did for forty days, and yet was entirely and completely without sin—so that in his life,…

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Luke 3:21-38: Beloved Son

1 Kings 15-16, Psalm 119:73-80, Luke 3:21-38, Ephesians 5:1-21 Luke 3:21-38: Jesus is baptized too—but his baptism is unlike any others, and yet a template of all of us in Christ by faith, united with him. The heavens are open, the Holy Spirit descends on him in bodily form, like a dove. An extraordinary, miraculous sign that defies…

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Luke 3:1-20: Spirit and Fire

1 Kings 13-14, Psalm 119:65-72, Luke 3:1-20, Ephesians 4:25-32 Luke 3:1-20: There is much to learn from John the Baptist, in many ways the archetypal preacher and witness to Jesus Christ. Note how Luke not only places John in a clear historical context (3:1-2), but also prioritizes the work of the Word. Among all these great things, it…

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Luke 2:41-52: Our Father’s House

Luke 2:41-52, Ephesians 4:17-24, Psalm 119:57-64, 1 Kings 12 Luke 2:41-52:Themes What a rare, precious gift of insight into the development of not just a godly man, but the God Man! At 12 years old, many a boy of talent verges on the preciousness, plain spoken, if not presumptuous and arrogant. Do we see these traits in Jesus,…

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Luke 2:21-40: Simeon and Anna

Luke 2:21-40, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 119:49-56, 1 Kings 11    Luke 2:21-40: These early days of Jesus as he fulfills all the law perfectly is the fulfillment of all the law promised. The sacrifice his parents offer (2:24) is the sacrifice for those who cannot afford much (Lev. 12:8). Note that poverty can be combined with great piety.…

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Luke 2:1-20: True Good News

Luke 2:1-20, Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 119:41-48, 1 Kings 9-10 Luke 2:1-20: Luke carefully sets this most momentous birth in the realm of the historical and the factual: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” (2:1). Note: it is important for us to remember that Jesus’ birth is not…

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Luke 1:67-80: The Way of Peace

Luke 1:67-80, Ephesians 3:1-13, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Kings 8 Luke 1:67-80: Now is Zechariah’s song, and it is structured around the “visitation” (1:68, 78) that Zechariah saw that God was bringing about through his prophet John, and was in fulfillment of the Old Testament promises and prophecies (Genesis 50:24, 25). Christ shall be a “horn of salvation” (1:69:…

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Luke 1:57-66: The Hand of the Lord

Ephesians 2:11-22, Psalm 119:25-32, Luke 1:57-66, 1 Kings 6-7  Luke 1:57-66: Now it is Elizabeth’s turn to give birth. Her neighbors hear of the extraordinary birth—to one so old (Luke 1:18)—and they rejoice with her (1:58). Note when someone else has great mercy shown to them, some extraordinary blessing or other, our response is to be joy…

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Luke 1:39-56: God My Savior

Luke 1:39-56, Ephesians 2:1-10, Psalm 119:17-24, 1 Kings 4-5 Luke 1:39-56: Mary is so excited about the news that she has to go and tell Elizabeth. As soon as she enters the house—crying out eagerly for Elizabeth—the baby in Elizabeth’s womb hears the greeting and leaps for joy. John the Baptist, in Elizabeth’s womb, is already performing his…

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Luke 1:26-38: Incarnate

1 Kings 2-3, Luke 1:26-38, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 119:9-16 Luke 1:26-38: How different is the response for Mary than for Zechariah! Mary is a virgin and is favored by God. The Lord is with her. When the angel comes to her and speaks these words, the young woman is understandably “afraid.” When she is told that the…

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