TODAY'S NEW LESSon
We've recently seen how Matthew
presents Jesus as Teacher, Mentor to his followers. How He "discipled"
His Disciples! Building into them both faith ... and
Then we subsequently noticed how
Mark's Gospel did the same thing. Just using a different
template, focusing the Parable of the Sower.
Now today we begin to study the
Gospel of Luke, with the same goal in mind. But it seems that
Jesus' first recorded Sermon is the motif for
discipleship there, in the third Gospel. Where He famously used
Isaiah chapter 61 as His Text!
Here it is, its introduction anyway.
"And Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had
been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the
synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And
there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was
written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he
hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent
me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the
captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of
the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to
the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were
in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto
them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
What a stir Jesus caused!
Not for reading the Isaiah
Scripture, but for what He said when He finished.
"This day is this scripture fulfilled in
Our Lord just claimed to be the
"Fulfiller" of those prophecies! To be the long-awaited
Jesus also, we think, pre-outlined
much of Luke's remaining Gospel. And therein He will often
"preach the Gospel to the poor!"
Next, He will "heal the
And free "the captives!"
Restore sight "to the blind!"
"Set at liberty those that are
And preach "the acceptable year of
And through doing all these
anciently prophesied events, Jesus will make disciples of those
who hear and obey Him!
Jesus' leadership plan, in Luke!
Jesus the greatest Mentor, as
indirectly seen through the lens of Isaiah the Major Prophet.
Beginning tomorrow we shall see if
this paradigm holds true. It does indeed! Jesus and the ...
In fact, He loved the poor so much
... He was born that way!
See you in the morning, Lord
willing, to study this further.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Paul wrote of our Lord, along the
line of His Love for the poor ... "For ye
know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was
rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through
his poverty might be rich." Second Corinthians 8:9
Lessons on "Jesus as Teacher" are being archived
HERE on the Website. This
series of studies looks good so far, Matthew through John ...
the Master Teacher in action, making disciples!
Now, to read all
of the thirty-six Lessons on The Trinity, especially as presented in the
Gospel of John, visit
HERE on the Website. This has
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