Luke 3-6 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Both Matthew and Luke emphasize that Jesus was the “son of David,” but Luke also takes his genealogy back to Adam. Luke is reminding us that Jesus is the fulfillment of the hopes of all people!
Did you catch that Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness and ended up getting tested by the devil? God does allow bad things to happen to us because we can grow as a result!
Romans 5:3-5 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Does Luke 4:42-44 teach us anything about our expectations regarding God and what he should do for us?!?!
Peter seems shocked just because Jesus knew where to catch fish! But it was because it was completely wrong and contrary to their experience. Do we ever catch that image of God from our reading of His Word? Something completely amazing that challenges our understanding so that we fall down before Him?
Thank God Jesus can forgive sins, and that, since He us master of the Sabbath, He can bring rest!
In Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us of the reversal that is a part of the kingdom. Plenty, prosperity, laughter, and praise in this life don’t guarantee what is to come later. But spiritual sorrow, hunger and poverty now help us to understand our need for Jesus, and bring us into the kingdom in this life and guarantee our spot in the life hereafter.