The Gospel of Luke

Antoinette, Erin, Fernanda, Beatie, Amelia (Block D)

Charateristics of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke has high Christology. Luke depicts a a compassionate, loving, merciful, and forgiving Jesus. In this Gospel, Jesus shows concern for women, children, and people on the outside. Luke gives Jesus the titles of Son of God and Son of Man, which resembles that Jesus is the greatest Savior. Luke introduces Jesus as The Ultimate Savior. Jesus is caring and tender to the outcasts, the lowly and those who recognize their faith in God. However, he gets upset with those who put material things before God.

Luke the Evangelist

Luke was written from AD 80- 85. He is a second or third generation Christian, retelling the accounts of Jesus to Gentile Christians. He is addressing the story to Theophilus which translates to "lover of God." Theophilus is someone who symbolizes that Luke is writing to anyone who has love for God and willing to strengthen their faith. Luke is the only Gospel with a second volume; Acts of the Apostles. The purpose for Luke's writing is to help Gentiles in faith, by writing a narrative about Jesus explaining the instructions of the Church.

Unique Things in the Gospel of Luke

Themes in the Gospel of Luke

Some of the main themes in Luke are:

  • God's love for all people, even sinners
  • Joy and Happiness
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Prayers of Jesus-- Whenever Jesus is about to do something big, important, and significant, he prays to his Father.

The Model Disciple in the Gospel of Luke

The model disciple in the Gospel of Luke is Mary, the Mother of God. She is the model of discipleship because she was willing to do anything for God. She listed and did God's will no matter what happened or what was said about her.

The Infancy Narrative

The Gospel of Luke contains the infancy narrative that everyone knows and sees performed throughout the Christmas season. Luke puts the Bread of Life at the center of his Gospel. In the Infancy Narrative he puts Jesus in a manger. The manger is where the food goes for the farm animals. Because Luke has the baby Jesus lay in a manger, this symbolizes that Jesus is the bread of life for all people.