In these chapters we see John the Baptist fulfilling the calling/purpose he was created to do by God. We also see the beginnings of Jesus ministry/calling and the temptation of Satan following His baptism by John. Like so many of us who come to know the saving knowledge and grace of Jesus – who are baptized – the devil comes and attacks us from all sides. So when we are attacked we should remember we are in good company 🙂
Jesus begins to call his first disciples and begins working many miracles. I can’t help but wonder why Jesus would not let the demons speak. They knew who he was and therefore Jesus would not allow them to talk. Hmmm Interesting – perhaps the time for revelation had not yet come.
We see the modeling of going off to pray early in the morning and we see 3 ways in which Jesus healed:
- An evil spirit is driven out of a man as Jesus spoke
- Simon’s mother was healed as Jesus helped her to stand.
- The man with Leprosy was healed as Jesus reached out and touched the man and said “I am willing – Be Clean
3 healings all done in a different manner… more on this later
Luke tells us why John the Baptist is sent to prison.
In Matthew we are given the lineage of Mary through the line of David and here in Luke we are given the lineage of Joseph; both tracing their roots through the line of David.
As we are reading in the Gospels – I thought it might be helpful to give you a wee bit of background on the authors of the gospels and to whom they are written.
Matthew is one of the chosen 12 and an eye-witness to event. Matthew is a Jew and his writing audience is primarily the Jews. As a result Matthew records more about Jesus teaching concerning Gods’ heavenly kingdom then the others; for example the Gospel of Matthew holds the entire Sermon on the Mount.
Mark was close to Peter. 1 Peter 5:13 Peter calls Mark his son, there is some theologians who say this is a spiritual sense such as a spiritually adopted son and some take this to mean Mark was literally his son. In either case Mark was not an eyewitness but writes from what he has learned from Peter. It is an eye-witness account of Peters, written by Mark. Marks target is the Romans
Luke was a doctor and his gospel is more detailed/factual than the others. Luke was not a disciple and therefore it is not an actual eyewitness account. . Luke was a good friend and possibly a co-worker with Paul (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 24) – Luke’s gospel is written from an interview perspective much as a reporter would write a story today. He collated all the interviews into a single account, recording many details not recorded elsewhere; for example regarding the conception and birth of Jesus and Mary’s extended family, much you might expect of a doctor. Luke’s target audience was the Greeks.
And finally we have John who was one of the 12 disciples and referred to as the one Jesus loved. John brings out the spiritual significance as well as recording the practical aspects of Jesus works and words. John’s target audience was universal.
Matthew: Jewish audience – Written in Palestine – Written in approximately 60 AD – Purpose in writing was the fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy
Mark: Roman audience – Written in Rome – Written in approximately 68-69 AD – Written for the Church of Rome – Purpose in writing was to challenge the Roman minds and beliefs.
Luke: Greek audience – Written in Rome or Caesarea – Written in approximately 60 AD – Written for Theophilus – Purpose in writing to provide an accurate account of the Life of Christ and “so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
John: Universal audience – Written in Ephesus – Written in approximately 90 AD – Written for the whole church – Purpose in writing the basis of Faith.
Until next time,