– Background, Birth, and Childhood of Jesus Luke 1 – 3
– Greeting and Preface Luke 1:1-4
– The Birth and Childhood of John the Baptist Luke 1:5-80
– The Birth and Childhood of Jesus Luke 2
– Ministry of John the Baptist Luke 3:1-22
– Genealogy of Jesus: From Mary to Adam Luke 3:23-38
– Galilean Ministry: Grace and Truth Luke 4:1 – 9:50
– Preparation and Early Ministry: A Ministry of Grace Luke 4
– The Intersection of Grace with Law Luke 5:1 – 6:11
– The Principles of Jesus’ Ministry: the Sermon on the Plain Luke 6:12-49
– The Lord’s Character of Grace Contrasted with Judaism Luke 7:1 – 8:21
– True Greatness and Humility Luke 8:22 – 9:50
– Perean Ministry: The Journey to Jerusalem Luke 9:51 – 19:27
– Instruction in Discipleship in the Light of Jesus’ Mission Luke 9:51 – 11:13
– Confrontation with the Pharisees: First Cycle Luke 11:14-54
– The Disciples Encouraged as a Testimony in the World Luke 12:1 – 13:9
– Confrontation with the Pharisees: Second Cycle Luke 13:10-35
– The Rights of Grace; Hypocrisy Judged; The Christian’s Place in this World Luke 14
– God’s Grace Contrasted with Man’s Self-righteousness Luke 15
– The Effect of Grace on Christian Conduct Luke 16
– Principles of of Grace Laid Down for the Christian’s Walk Luke 17
– Things that Help or Hinder Spiritual Blessing Luke 18:1 – 19:27
– Judean Ministry Luke 19:28 – 21:38
– The Last Presentation of the Kingdom Luke 19:28-44
– Religious Opposition in the Temple Luke 19:45 – 20:47
– The Fate of the Temple and Jerusalem Luke 21
– The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Luke 22 – 24
– Events Preceding the Death of Jesus Luke 22:1-53
– The Trials of Jesus Luke 22:54 – 23:25
– The Death of Jesus Luke 23:26-56
– The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Luke 24
The Gospel of Luke. In Luke we have the Lord presented as a man among men, entering into the company, sorrows, and needs of His people. We have the official glories emphasized in Matthew, the Personal glories in John, but in Luke the moral glories of Christ emphasized. There is far more about the Lord’s birth and childhood. Throughout this gospel the perfection of His humanity is emphasized. We have the Lord often in prayer, as the dependent man always in communion with His Father. In Luke the heart of God and the heart of man come out very definitely.
Luke. Luke was the only Gentile writer of the New Testament, as we gather from his name
in Col. 4. In Col. 4 he is called “the beloved physician”.
Four gospels, Four perspectives:
  • Matthew - written for the Jew
  • Mark - written for the Roman
  • Luke - written for the Greek
  • John - written for the Church
We can all learn and enjoy each gospel, but they are understood best when we know the perspective they are written from.
Four gospels, Four themes:
  • Matthew – Jesus, the King of the Jews
  • Mark – Jesus, the Perfect Servant
  • Luke – Jesus, the Perfect Man
  • John – Jesus, as God Himself in the Person of the Son
Christ as the Son of Man. Luke presents the Lord to us as the Son of Man. If God were to become a man, how would He act, think or speak? The Lord is the social man in the book of Luke. He deals with people on a very human level (e.g. Luke 24). “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38).
The synoptic gospels are Matthew, Mark, and Luke because they give a short synopsis of the Lord’s life from beginning to end. John doesn’t do that, he focuses on the Lord’s ministry in and around Jerusalem. In the synoptic Gospels, we have Christ presented to man to be received, but man fails the test and Christ is rejected. In John, Christ is rejected by man and Israel from the beginning, and God’s sovereign ways in grace and resurrection are brought in. Another difference is the audience. In the synoptic gospels we often have Jesus preaching to multitudes, but in John He is very often seen in a pastoral role, speaking to individuals... and it is to those individuals that He reveals the deepest truth of His Person!