The Book of Luke and The Power of God
The Book of Luke is a great read where many wonderful lessons are taught. In the Book of Luke, Jesus teaches us about how to live our life. Through parables, he teaches us how to treat one another and live in the world with kindness and humility.
In Luke, we also learn about what Jesus holds in high regard. That he has love for the afflicted and the sinners. Also, we become amazed at the miraculous power of Christ to perform healings.
There is much to revere in this chapter. As I found myself re-reading this book, I found many lessons to share with you.
#1: God is Faithful in the Lives of Believers
In the book of Luke, we learn that God brings unexpected things to pass.
At the beginning of the chapter, we are told that the Angel Gabriel came to Zechariah and told him that his wife Elizabeth would give birth. That her child would be a great man filled with the spirit. A man we know to be John the Baptist. This revelation was a surprise to Zechariah because both he and his wife were of old age.
In Luke 1, Verse 8, we read that Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this is going to happen? My wife and I are both very old.”
Yet the Angel responds “I was sent to tell you this Good News. You have not believed what I have said. So you will not be able to say a thing until all this happens but everything will take place when it is supposed to.”
Well, indeed, it did come to pass that Elizabeth gave birth at old age.
Also, at the beginning of Luke, the Angel Gabriel shares another message. He tells a virgin Mary who is engaged to Joseph that God is pleased with her and she will birth a son who we know to be our saviour Jesus Christ.
When Mary goes to meet Elizabeth, she tells her: “The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.”
Elizabeth and Mary’s story reveals that God keeps his word. He is faithful to good people. He is faithful to the humble. He is faithful to those who know and serve him as Lord.
Mary’s Song of Praise: Luke 1, Verse 51–54 (Contemporary English Version)
The Lord has used his powerful arm to scatter those who are proud. God drags strong rulers from their thrones and puts humble people in place of power. God gives the hungry good things to eat and sends the rich away with nothing. God helps his servant Israel and is always merciful to his people.
#2: Through Jesus Christ, Healing is Made Possible
In the Book of Luke, we read of many instances where Jesus performs healing.
Jesus healed a man with an evil spirit by ordering the spirit to come out from him.
He healed a lady with a fever by ordering it to go away from her.
He healed a man with leprosy by putting his hand on him and the man’s leprosy disappeared.
Jesus healed a crippled man who had a lot of faith in him. He forgave his sins and told him that he should pick up his mat and walk home!
When we read of the healing that Jesus performs, we know that there is nothing too small for God to do. Healing is always made possible but we must have faith. We must believe that God can do anything and it is that faith that God uses to bless us.
We see another great level of faith not only in the crippled man but with a sick woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. The Bible tells us that she spent everything on Doctors but they could not make her well.
Yet, she did something simple but with great faith. She came up to Jesus and touched his clothes.
Jesus then said that “someone touched me because I felt power going out from me. The woman trembled and knelt before Jesus and he told her that her faith has made us well.”
We must reach out to Jesus the same way the sick woman did. We must reach out to Jesus with courage and faith to know that the power of God can produce healing in our lives.
#3: God Loves it When Sinners Repent and turn back to Him
There are many parables being told in the Book of Luke where God emphasises that he does not hate sinners. We understand this lesson through the parable of The Lost Sheep.
Jesus tells this parable because the Pharisees had questioned Jesus for welcoming and sitting down to eat with outcasts.
Jesus then told them that when you have a hundred sheep and you lose one of them, you leave the ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and you go looking for the lost one and are happy when you find it.
Jesus says “in the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.”
This parable goes to show that we should be cautious to not dismiss people who are rejected by society. People who are seen as outcasts. The truth is that God still wants those who are sinners. He is searching for the lost souls to come back to him.
In another parable, the Lost Coin, Jesus says that suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one of them, she will look carefully to find it. When she finds it, she calls all her friends and neighbours to celebrate.
“In the same way, I tell you that the Angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents,” Luke 8: Verse 10.
Again, I tell you that God does not hate you for belonging to the word. He does not hate you for your sins but he wants you to repent and belong to him only and the moment you do, he is filled with so much joy and praise. Come back to him.
#4: Jesus Holds Virtues of Love, Servitude and Humility in High Regard
We learn through the Book of Luke that there are certain virtues that Jesus holds in high regard. Jesus looks at the heart of man and woman and he wants us to have love for others. He wants us to love those we may even consider enemies. That we should be good to them and pray for them.
We read that God also does not want us to judge others.
In Luke 37, we read…
“Don’t judge others and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others and God will forgive you. If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return.”
Also, we learn about the value of humility and servitude through Jesus and his disciples. When the disciples were arguing about who is the greatest one among them, Jesus responded by saying.
“Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me and whoever welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the greatest.” Luke 47
When we consider the teachings of Jesus to his disciples, it becomes clear that God wants us to have values of kindness and humility. He wants us to treat others with love. To serve with humility because the least of you is the greatest.
#5: The Resurrection of Christ is a result of The Power of God and His Call to Us
Though Jesus performed many miracles in the Book of Luke, we can attest that one of the greatest acts is the resurrection. Though Jesus was crucified and buried, he still rose up again.
On a Sunday morning, the women went to the tomb but the stone was rolled away. They could not find the body of the Lord Jesus but two men in bright shining clothes stood by them and said “he is not here, he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee: the Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified and three days later rise to life.”
Jesus later appeared to his disciples and told them that the Messiah must suffer but will rise three days after and the message of his repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations.
Through Jesus's life, death and resurrection, we know of God’s love for the world. Through Jesus's life, we have many examples of why faith as a believer is important.
We must have faith in our walk with God. Also, know that God is calling each and every one of us to be his follower. He calls us not because it is an easy life but out of love for Christianity. He calls us out of love for the good news that is meant to be shared with all. The Good News that is meant to restore life, bring hope and provide healing.
Luke 9: Verse 23: Good News Bible: Today’s English Version
And he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget his self, take up his cross every day and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Will a person gain anything if he wins the whole world but is himself lost or defeated?