NTB-3-LUKE-2 - Jesus, the Ideal Man (part 2)
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“Luke: Lesson 2”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
Jesus said, “Did you not know, I must be about my father's business?”
Welcome to our study of the gospel of Luke. In our living messages of
the New Testament, we have taken the books in the New Testament, and
we are trying to get the key ideas and some of the main thoughts in each
One of the overriding things that we will see in the book of Luke is
that Jesus is all about the Father's business, doing the will of God, seeking
and saving the lost, Luke 19:10-that's Jesus’ mission. It's His mindset.
Everything He does, God’s will is at the forefront.
As we think today about the gospel of Luke and Luke's message of
putting God's will foremost, we began with one of the great workers before
Jesus came: John the Immerser.
What made John such a great evangelist? What made him such a
powerful forerunner? How did he pave the way for Jesus so clearly? John
had a head start, because his parents were godly people.
I want you to notice Luke 1:6 about Zacharias and Elizabeth. The
Scripture records, “And they were both righteous before God walking in all
the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” How was John
such a great worker and staunch advocate of the truth? One who would
stand up even when his life was on the line as in Mark 6 when he said to
the leader of that day “It's not lawful for you to have her, your brother's
wife.” What made John such a great individual? John had parents who
were leading the way for him by living according to God's will. The Bible
says of Zacharias and Elizabeth “They were both righteous before God.”
Righteous parents lead the way for godly children.
The Bible teaches parents bring of your children in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord, Ephesians 6:1-4. All the way back to the old law,
Deuteronomy 6:1-6, parents were taught to put the word of God out there
for their children to encourage, teach, and have it available to see in every
way so that they truly could be the kind of people God wants them to be.
When parents live right, keep the commandments of God, and when they
try to live blameless before God- children see that and they began the set
their priorities based on that. If parents are walking in the footsteps of
Jesus, 1 Peter 2:21, if godly fathers and mothers are trying to imitate men
and women of God just as they imitated Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:1, children
pick up on that. If they're trying to be that light in the world, Matthew 5:16,
then that light reflects to children as well. Here we see the powerful impact
of John's parents in helping him to pave the way for the Lord.
We then turn to a powerful statement made by the Angel to Mary
about the child who is going to be born to her. Notice Luke 1:32-33. The
Scripture says of Jesus “He will be great and will be called the son of the
highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He
will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom, there will be
no end.” Indeed Jesus was great. Mark 7:37 says “He did all things well.”
He is the son of the highest in the sense that God is His father. He is born
of God and Mary, Matthew 1:19-21. When we think about the Lord God
giving Him the throne of His father David, here you've got the climax of
prophecy coming together in culmination and fulfillment in Jesus.
Where is that prophecy? One of the key ones was found in 2 Samuel
7:12-14. God makes the prophecy to David that ‘of your seed some of your
seed will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there
would be no end.’ Who is that? Fulfilled right here, David's seed who is
Christ Matthew 1, who is both the root and the offspring of David
Revelation chapter 5; He is the one who is reigning over that kingdom. He's
going to reign over the house of Jacob forever. And notice this “Of His
kingdom there will be no end.” What is that kingdom that the writer is
talking about? Is it merely the kingdom of Israel as the Kings had sat on the
throne of David for years past? No. Christ’s kingdom is different. Jesus said
to Peter “I say to you that you are Peter.” And then He said, “Upon this rock
I will build my church, and I'll give to you the keys of the kingdom.” The
kingdom of Christ is the church of Christ. Mark 9:1 Jesus said to His
disciples “I say to you that there are some standing here today who will not
taste death,” notice this “until they see the kingdom present with power.”
Paul wrote about that kingdom later and said that some were
currently being transferred out of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear
son, Colossians 1:13. This is the kingdom spoken of in Revelation 11:14-15
as that eternal kingdom that would ultimately overcome Rome and the
enemies of that day. That kingdom would last forever and ever. Friend
here's a powerful lesson: As a member of the body of Christ, I'm privileged.
You’re privilege. Christians are privilege to be in the kingdom of the Lord
Jesus Christ. For that kingdom to exist, the king had to come first.
Notice what happened when Jesus came into the world in Luke 2:14.
The Angel saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and
goodwill toward men.” Look at the hope of Jesus coming into the world.
Here is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Revelation 19:16 and at His
birth heaven’s angelic host sings and praises God. ‘Peace on earth
goodwill toward men.’ Jesus coming to this earth brought that peace-peace
that had long ceased between God and man because of sin. Isaiah 59:1-2
‘sin separates us from God.’ ‘The soul that sin shall surely die,’ Ezekiel
18:4. Christ is our peace, Colossians 2:14-15 and Ephesians 2:14-15 who
makes both Jew and Gentile, reconciles them to God, and brings peace
through His body. What a beautiful scene takes place here!
You know when I think about the book of Luke and all that Luke
shows us and all that we see, some of the key ideas are found in Luke 2:49
and Luke 2:52. The context is this. In Luke 2:49 Jesus has departed from
the convoy headed back to their hometown as far as the census went and
things related to that. They begin to look for Jesus, and they can’t find Him.
His parents are disturbed that He is lost. When they find them they say this
to Him, “Why did you depart?” Jesus said this, Luke 2:49, “Why did you
seek me? Did you not know I must be about my Father's business?”
When we think about Christ and where He was and what He was
doing, why did He leave that convoy? Why did He leave His father and
mother? Jesus is in the Temple teaching, instructing, encouraging, and
quizzing the religious leaders of the day. He is really teaching them a thing
or two from their own law. Jesus’ mission was not to stay close to home
and stay with the family. His mission was to be out teaching, encouraging,
and helping other people in life.
Notice the words of Luke 2:52. We set this as a theme statement for
the book of Luke. Luke 2:52 teaches us what made Christ great. The
Scripture says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor
with God and men.” The Greeks, majority of the audience that Luke is
writing to, they had this mindset of the ideal man. Aristotle, Plato, and all
these people had their own views. The ideal person had to be fit physically.
They would have intelligence and favor with men. Socially he would be
acceptable. And so they thought physical, mental, and social traits were
ideal. Now God, Jesus, adds a fourth dimension to that. Favor with God
and men, spiritually, that's where the Greeks were missing it. That's where
so many are missing it today. We may be fit physically, and there are a lot
of people who put a lot of focus on making sure that we eat right and
exercise. There is nothing wrong with those things. ‘Bodily exercise profits
a little,’ Paul said in 1 Timothy 4. But not only is it the physical, not only is it
mentally learning, growing, and intelligence, not only is it the ability to
socially delegate along with other people- here's the key to it all: Favor with
God. Spiritual growth- that's where it's all at.
Peter said in 2 Peter 3:18 “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our
Lord and Savior.” I’m reminded of those two rhetorical questions Jesus
asked. “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his
own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” If you're fit
physically and you lose it all, your soul is lost. What good would all that
have done? If one has all the book smarts and intellect in the world and
doesn't have God, in the end what will that do? If you can get along with
others and reach out in the community and be good socially, but you don’t
have Christ-What good is that? Physically, mentally, socially- without
spiritually, all of those are indeed lacking.
Now we turn our attention to the Scripture in Luke 3. We learn about
Jesus and His great mission. Jesus says in Luke 3:6 “All flesh shall see the
salvation of God.” This is what makes Christ ministry unique. Here Jesus is
getting out in the forefront and making sure the people know what His
mission and ministry is all about. John is also teaching that. Jesus later as
well is teaching about God's plan. “All flesh,” is unique in that you have
Jews and Gentiles. The Jews thought they were God's chosen people, and
for a time they were during the working of God through Israel and bringing
in the Messiah in. But Christ is not just for the Jews. Galatians 3:26-29
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, male or female, bond nor free, we’re all
one in Christ.” All flesh; all men, women, Jew, and Gentile have hope
through Jesus Christ.
Now notice Luke 4:4. Jesus here teaches us how we can stay in that
close relationship and overcome the devil. He really gives us the key to
living close to God every day. Luke 4:4 the Scripture says “Jesus answered
him,” Satan “it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every
word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” How can men and women
have that relationship that they want with God? How can people overcome
the temptation, allurement, and desire that Satan cast before them? “Man
shall not live just by bread alone.” It's not the physical things like food and
things that you put in the body and things that appease the body. That’s not
what life is. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.”
How are people going to live right in the sight of God? The only way
is through the word of God. God's word says in Psalm 119:105 “Your word
is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” Look at the direction. Look at
the light. Look at how it brought joy and peace and happiness to the writer
of Psalm 119. Friend that same principle is true for every person seeking
God. God's word is the real key to spiritual happiness and spiritual
I'm reminded of Job 23:9. Job said “I have not departed from the
commandment of his lips, your word I treasured more than my necessary
food.” Combine that with Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and
thirst after righteousness.” Combine that idea of Jesus in the Sermon on
the Mount with the principle of Job, and we learn about God's ng. We find
real spiritual sustenance in the word of God. It’s how men and women
survive. That's why Jesus said ‘Men and women won't live by bread alone.
Physical food is not to give you fulfillment. It is spiritual food that will.’ “Man
shall live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Now it is teachings like that made Jesus stand out from the teachers
of His day. For example in Luke 4:32 toward the close of that chapter,
Jesus has been teaching the multitudes. The Bible says “They were
astonished at His teaching for His word was with authority.” Jesus wasn't
like that the scribes and the Pharisees who wanted to give their
interpretation. Jesus taught them with authority. Why did Jesus teach with
authority? Because He has all authority.
Do you remember Matthew 28:18? Jesus said “All authority has been
given to Me in heaven and on earth.” And then he said “You go make
disciples of all nations.” Since Christ has all authority little wonder is it that
He spoke with authority. When we preach the word of God, when we read
the word of God, when we study the word of God, 2 Timothy 4:2 and
2Timothy 2:15, we need to realize its authority. This book and its preaching
have absolute authority when we learn from the Scriptures. The Bible
clearly says we’re going to be judged by the words of Christ, John 12:48.
The Scripture teaches us don't go beyond what's written in the book, 1
Corinthians 4:6. Don't add to. Don't take away. We must listen to the
authority of God and His teaching and stay within those boundaries.
Now want you to notice the text in Luke chapter 5 when Jesus is
discussing some things with Simon. Simon and his friends have been
fishing. Peter and his friends have been fishing. Jesus here gives them
some advice that not only applied then but applies much deeper, spiritually
speaking, today. Notice Luke 5:4 .The Scripture says “When Jesus had
stop speaking He said to Simon ‘launch out into the deep and let down your
nets for a catch.’ At Jesus word they did that.” You remember they caught
so many fish they couldn't bring them all in. There's an important lesson
here. We need to be able to launch out into the deep. We need to be able
to take Jesus at His word and do what He says. He's trying to teach Peter
and is trying to help us see, if we'll take Him at His word without
questioning and second-guessing and just do what He said, there are
indeed rich blessings to follow.
When I think about taking Christ at His word, I'm really thinking about
putting my faith into action. I'm really thinking about trusting Him all the way
even when I really can't see the end result. That's hard. Peter, who had
stepped out of the water, was in the walk on water- he had to take that first
step. Friend we have got to do that spiritually speaking and put our trust in
the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now passage about Jesus that often stands out in my mind and
helps me to see what made Jesus such a great individual is Luke 5:16. The
Scripture says this of Christ “So He himself often withdrew into the
wilderness and prayed.” What made Jesus such a powerful individual
spiritually speaking? How could he resist the day-to-day temptations, the
lack of faith that even His own disciples had at times, and the things that
the devil will throw in the way? “Jesus often withdrew into the wilderness
and prayed.” Reminds me a lot of Mark 1:35. “In the morning a great while
before daylight, Jesus departed to a solitary place and there prayed.” Luke
will later say in Luke 18:1, “Men ought to pray always and never lose
heart.” James 5:16 says “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man
overcomes much.” Do you remember the words of Hebrews 4:16? The
Bible says “We can come boldly to the throne of grace that we might find
grace and mercy to help in time of need.”
In Luke chapter 6 Jesus also teaches us some powerful principles
about putting our trust in God and being the type of people that God wants
us to be. For example Luke 6:26 Jesus says “Woe to you when all men
speak well of you for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” When we
think about praise, there's no doubt that everybody likes a little appreciation
and a pat on the back. Jesus here teaches us ‘when all men speak well of
you beware.’ Why is that? Because the multitudes are not following God,
Matthew 7:13-14. There are a host of people who are not concerned about
God's ways and are opposed to it. If what we're doing makes everybody
happy, friend we might want to rethink those things.
Now does teaching the truth naturally make us an enemy of
someone? Of course not. Paul said “Have I become your enemy because I
tell you the truth?” Well no. You're not somebody's enemy. We do need to
be careful and make sure that we’re opposing the right things and standing
up for truth. Yes, there will be some persecution. ‘All who desire to live
godly in Christ Jesus will suffer and face persecution,’ 2 Timothy 3:12. That
should not to keep us from really staying faithful to the Lord and true to
Him. For example Jesus asked this question in Luke 6:46 “Why do you call
me Lord, Lord and do not do the things which I say?” There were people in
Jesus’ day who were saying to Christ ‘We recognize you as the Messiah.
We realize you’re the Lord,’ and then they went and did what they wanted
to! Sounds like a lot of folks today, doesn't it? If they were asked, ‘Are you
a Christian?’ They would say, ‘Yes I'm a Christian.’ But then by their life
they're doing things that are contrary to the Bible.
So what's Jesus point here? It's a very simple point. If you say ‘Lord,
Lord’ do what I say. John 14:15, “If you love me keep my commandments.”
Obedience to Christ is absolutely necessary to please Him. He's the author
of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:8-9. Jesus said in
Matthew 7:21 “It's not everybody that looks up into heaven and says ‘Lord,
Lord,’ that's going there rather he who does the will of my father who is in
We find in Luke 7:29-30 some people who were ejecting God's will,
because they wouldn't obey the teaching of baptism. Notice this powerful
passage that is often overlooked about baptism. In Luke 7:29-30 “When all
the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God having been
baptized with the baptism of John, but the Pharisees and the lawyers
rejected the will of God for themselves not having been baptized by him.”
Friend a powerful teaching that we’re trying to point out here is that
when one rejects God's teaching on baptism, he rejects God. Some will say
‘Is baptism really essential?’ Well Jesus just taught us if we reject God's
teaching on baptism, we altogether reject God. Failure to accept Christ
clear teaching on baptism like Mark 16:16 “He that believes and is baptized
will be saved,” like Jesus teaching in John 3:5, “Unless a man is born of
water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God,” failure to accept
and obey those teaching is a complete rejection of the will of God in one's
This is why Jesus would say in Luke 8:11 and Luke 8:18 these words
“The seed is the word of God and take heed how you hear.” We must let
that seed, God's word, implant in our heart. We must listen carefully to the
word of, the will of God, and then be ready and willing to obey Christ
Friend we ask you today, are you a child of God? Have you obeyed
the gospel of Christ? Are you willing to hear God's word?
“For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,”
Romans 10:17. Would you believe that message and put your trust in
Christ? John 8:24. Would you be willing to repent of things in your life that
are not right? Luke 13:3. Making that great confession before men,
Romans 10:10, would you be immersed in water for the forgiveness of your
This is what Peter was inspired to say in Acts 2:38 to the Jews who
asked ‘What shall we do?’ Peter's answer was “Repent and be baptized,
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ,” listen “for the remission of
Jesus was about His father's business.
Friend we ask you today, will you be about God's business and obey
the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
We hope and pray so as we study together through the gospel of
Study Questions for: “Luke: Lesson 2”
1. According to Luke 2:49, what was Jesus”about”?
2. In Luke 1:16, what does it say about Zacharias and Elizabeth?
3. According to Mark 7:37, what did Jesus do well?
4. What is the Kingdom of Christ?
5. According to Isiah 59:1-2, what separates us from God?
6. What did Jesus tell His parents in Luke 2:49?
7. According to 2 Peter 3:18, what should we grow in?
8. According to Luke 3:6, who shall see the salvation of God?
9. How shall man live according to Luke 4:4?
10. According to Job 23:9, what did Job treasure more than necessary