Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! We have just finished marking the holiest week of the hear with the incomparable celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. What better time, then, to turn our study to the New Testament and the 11th time period of our study, looking at the Messianic fulfilment (1-33 AD.) We’ll be reading our way through the Gospel of Luke, and the other books that fit this time period are (unsurprisingly) the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John. Given the familiarity many of us already have with these stories, the video introduction to this time period answers a more basic (but still critical) question: Why did God become a man in the person of Jesus Christ?
This week, as you read through the first half of Luke’s Gospel, you’ll hear familiar stories about the birth of John the Baptist and of Jesus, some of the very little we know of Jesus’ childhood, and some familiar stories from Jesus’ ministry. You’ll hear how our Lord faces temptation (answering it with Truth) and the care with which He calls disciples, heals those in need, and challenges those who oppose Him.
As you read this week, I encourage you to try and read it with fresh eyes. See what new insights you gain based on what we’ve reflected on to this point and, as always, pray that God would speak to you through these beautiful words. Here’s your readings for the coming week: