Gospel Reflection Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Gospel Reflection Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Gospel Reflection Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Jesus -- Doing the Work -- Fulfilling Prophecy

Gospel Reflection Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
The traditional view is that the Gospel of Luke and Acts were written by the physician Luke, a companion of Paul. Traditionally, scholars have believed Luke to be a Gentile Christian. Both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are attributed to Luke, who we see here is addressing this writing to his benefactor — an otherwise unknown “Theophilus.” We are told here that he (Luke) is striving for accuracy in his presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we read, Luke’s primary concern was that we “may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.” The truth is that prior to the machinations and imprecations of the Jewish Leaders — Jesus’s fame had spread throughout the whole region — He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. As prophesied by Isiah, Jesus was performing the works expected of the promised Messiah.

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Gospel LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom  into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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