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Today we begin reading the gospel of Luke. In the first four verses of chapter one we read why he wrote this account of the life and ministry of Jesus. (Note that Luke also wrote the book of Acts, sometimes called Luke II) Luke was a traveling companion with the Apostle Paul. In Colossians Paul refers to Luke as the beloved Physician. It is apparent that Luke was very concerned about keeping a true and concise record of the historical facts surrounding Jesus ministry and the early decades of the church. But Luke was not just concerned about historical facts in the writing of this gospel, he also wanted Theophilus to see just how much Jesus cared about people. Luke mentions more of Jesus’ dealings with women, children and the poor than any other of the gospels. Luke gives us more details about the birth of Jesus, as well as John the Baptist, than the other three gospel writers. Luke writes so that Theophilus may know that Jesus Christ really did come to save and to heal those who were lost.

It is Luke that gives to us a look into the heart of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was an ordinary young woman –as human as you and me. Yet, she was chosen by God to be the vessel through which God would become human. Mary’s response to being chosen is a great example for all of us to follow in living out our relationship to God. Let me point out a few things Mary modeled for us to follow:

1. Submission. Verse 38 of Luke 1 is Mary’s response to the angel’s declaration. “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” In spite of all the possible negative consequences to being found pregnant as a single young woman, Mary said Lord have your way.

2. Humility. In verse 48 as Mary declares her praise to God for the wonder of the child in her womb she confesses that she is just a humble servant of the Lord. Though she carried in her womb the Hope of the Ages, yet she understood it was a matter of grace – she understood that God was the great one and not her . . .

3. Thankfulness. Verses 46-55 are Mary’s response to the greeting she was given by Elizabeth. Elizabeth called her “the mother of my Lord,” and declared that Mary was blessed because she had believed what the angel had said. And Mary’s response to the accolades from Elizabeth was to turn all the praise and glory to God alone. With all of her heart and soul she gives thanks to God and exalts him for the work that he is going to do.

In a nutshell that is what living for Jesus is all about. Submitting our lives each and every day to live for him and his kingdom purposes. And to do it with the understanding that we have been saved and equipped by grace alone.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wed. Feb. 9, 2011    Exodus 25-26, Luke 1, Psalm 36 Proverbs 9

Thur. Feb. 10, 2011  Exodus 27-28, Luke 2, Psalm 37:1-22, Proverbs 10

Fri.    Feb. 11 2011    Exodus 29, Luke 3, Psalm 37:23-40, Proverbs 11

Sat.   Feb. 12, 2011   Exodus 30-31, Luke 4, Psalm 38. Proverbs 12

Sun.  Feb. 13, 2011   Exodus 32-33, Luke 5, Psalm 39, Proverbs 13


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