Luke8217s Significance in the Scriptures Essay

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Luke8217s Significance in the Scriptures

Kevin Kearney
November 4, 2001
Core Humanities
Paper Assignment #8

Luke’s Significance in the Scriptures

If I were lucky enough to lecture students on Luke’s Gospel, simply discussing

the factual aspect of his writings would not do him, nor Jesus, any justice. Along with it

being a great depiction of Jesus’ life from his conception until his resurrection, Luke’s

Gospel teaches lessons Jesus used through His teachings to better educate His followers

of what it takes to eventually be a part of God’s kingdom. Such information would be

seemingly too broad to understand within the confines of a book, however Luke

masterfully combines all of these facts into one story with numerous lessons, leaving it as

a difficult task for an educator to select which aspects of it to cover.

The third Gospel, written by Luke, presents The Son of Man through a human

form as Jesus. Jesus’ life on Earth could be broken down into three parts: Jesus’ birth,

Jesus’ preaching, and Jesus’ death and resurrection. These three aspects of His life are the

vocal points for what modern day Theologians seem to focus on in their own teaching, so

it would be nonsensical for me to refrain from using them within my own. It must

also be acknowledged that much of what Jesus endured through His lifetime teaches a

point so after discussing the actual happenings of a particular event, it is necessary to

discuss its intentions for us.

Concerning Jesus’ birth, I would teach students how His birth had both simil-

rities and differences to our own. Mary went through pregnancy carrying a fetus for nine

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months, as women always have, though she was never actually impregnated. The Angel

Gabriel visited Mary to bear some unexpected news, telling her that, “…you have found

favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son” (CSB 99).

Mary was a virgin, although God gave her the power to conceive a child. This amazing

occurrence was only the beginning of what would become a storied lifetime of miracles,

teachings, and Jesus’ notoriety in the world.

Students should be exposed to the chronological developments in Jesus’ life and

preaching. At the age of twelve, Jesus was found by His parents in the synagogue

sermonizing about God’s realm to all of the priests. Years later, Jesus was baptized by

John, with a voice coming from the heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son; with you I

am well pleased” (CSB 104). One must understand that at this point, Jesus is ready to go

into His ministry in Galilee. Jesus began to spread His Father’s message, as well as

heal the sick; Just His touch would be enough to cure even the most fatal disease. Jesus

would then gather twelve men whom wished to follow Him, labeled ‘The Disciples’.

Jesus would go on to attract huge crowds of people wishing to listen to Him speak. Often

times, He would do so in parables, or a story with a moral, to emphasize a certain point

pertaining to God. As His popularity among the common person started to grow, so did

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