Nothing rejuvenates the Christian life more than getting back in touch with the person of Jesus Christ, and there is no better goal for the new year. But how can we do that?
The book of Luke is an extremely detailed and carefully researched gospel, written specifically to the Gentiles. Luke spent time investigating, talking to eyewitnesses, and researching the acts and character of Jesus. His findings? Jesus is the Christ. Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be – the Son of God.
For the next few months, First Dallas will dive into the second half of Luke as we examine the life and person of Jesus. Throughout Luke, we will find three unique themes:
1) Luke emphasizes the humanity of Jesus.
As a doctor, this was important to Luke. Because Jesus was fully God and fully man, He was able to sympathize with our struggles (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus also regularly prayed for man. Can you believe it? The Son of God prayed for YOU before you were even born. Jesus was tempted in every way and did not sin, yet understood what it would be like for you and me to live in a sin-fallen world, so He prayed for us. One writer says it this way, “Reading Luke you get the feeling you are listening through the doctor’s stethoscope to the heartbeat of our Lord, feeling His empathy as He reaches out to those who cross His path.”
2) Luke emphasizes the program of God.
As we study this gospel, we will realize that Jesus lived as a man on a mission. Nothing – not His crucifixion or persecution – was circumstantial. It was all part of God’s divine plan to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Luke is the gospel of the underdog. He is writing to the sinners, prostitutes, and tax gatherers and ensuring they know that the Jesus who came, came for them. For you and me.
3) Luke emphasizes the perseverance of Christians.
Luke isn’t a gospel about how to be saved. Luke is a book of how we are to live after we are saved. This book teaches us the mark of a true disciple of Christ is best depicted by someone who: loves people unconditionally, lives a life marked by constant prayer, persists in spite of suffering, and refuses to be attached to the material things in this world. The standard by which God measures the condition of our spiritual lives is His Son. To be a disciple means we are called to live our lives as Jesus would live our lives if He were us.
The best way for us to live as Christ is to carefully study the life of the Man Himself. Over the next months, we are going to examine Jesus’ attitudes, affections, and actions, so we can learn to walk as He walked. In the process, we pray that God will reignite a passion for Christ in each of us.
Written by the First Dallas Staff
For an introduction to the book, you can listen to Dr. Jeffress’ first message in the series, “Reigniting Your Passion for Christ.”
To catch up on the first half of the series, you can visit our media library.