The Gospel According To Luke

What It Means To Be A Christian

Luke 9:23-24 — “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” The twelve disciples were very keen on following Jesus in what they believed to be His imminent Messianic triumph, but their expectations were narrow and naive. Before exaltation and glory there was to be…

The Christ Must Be Killed

Luke 9:18-22 — “Whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.” Peter’s confession is the foundation of the church. If a person doesn’t share Peter’s belief concerning the identity of Jesus then they cannot call themself a Christian! But what exactly did Peter mean when He said this? What did Peter…

A Day Off Interrupted

Luke 9:10-17 — In this text we have what is probably Jesus’ most famous miracle, the feeding of the 5,000. It is a story many of heard for the first time as little children and we know it well, but have you ever considered the context? Have you thought about what Jesus was doing in…

The Silent Screaming Of A Guilty Conscience

Luke 9:7-9 — “Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed…” As reports about Jesus filtered into Herod’s court, speculation swirled as to the identity of this miracle-working teacher. There were those who believed it was John the Baptist risen from the dead and eventually this is what…

Don’t Pack Your Bags?

Luke 9:1-6 — “Take nothing for your journey…” In this familiar story we see Jesus sending His twelve disciples into the towns and villages of Galilee to preach the kingdom of God. Today we might say that Jesus sent them on a ‘mission trip’, but curiously, He told them not to pack anything. At first glance this…

No Yuck Factor

Luke 8:40-48 — “A woman having an issue of blood twelve years…came behind [Jesus], and touched the border of his garment.”  This story at the end of Luke chapter 8 is quite familiar, but do we know what life was really like for this sick woman? Do we understand why she tried to secretly touch Jesus’ clothes?…

The Worst Thing Happened

Luke 8:40-56 — “While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead…” These are words no parent ever wants to hear. These are words that terrify mothers and fathers when their anxious imaginations take a dark turn. The worst thing that could happen to Jairus…

God And The Devil

Luke 8:26-39 — When Jesus and his disciples landed on the other side of the lake they were met by a naked, deeply troubled, demon-possessed man. Jesus spoke with the man and graciously delivered him from the demons who so oppressed him. In this encounter we are reminded that there is a Devil and he…

The Beauty In Storms

Luke 8:22-25 — “And he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake…” Jesus led His disciples into the storm on the Sea of Galilee. This fact might be troubling but it’s important that we recognise it and believe it. Jesus leads all His people into storms from time-to-time…

The Saviour Asleep

Luke 8:22-25 — “As they sailed [Jesus] fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake…And they came to him, and awoke him…” The disciples were frantic, fearing for their lives as the storm raged around them, but Jesus was sound asleep. Why? How was this possible? Jesus was asleep in the midst of…