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Our Promise Keeping God
Defining The Savior's Work
Luke 1: 39-56
Announcing The Savior
Before we get to the start of Jesus’ ministry in 4:14, Luke first provides us all the content that ranges from 1:5-4:13. Why? The answer is found by remembering Luke’s theme that hangs over his whole book, namely that—Jesus is the Savior who makes salvation possible for all people from every nation. Now, when someone says a particular person can get the job done, a good question to ask is this—“What makes this person qualified to fulfill the task? Sensing some of his readers would ask this question, Luke answers by providing us the Savior’s Resume of credentials that solidify why He is the One who makes salvation possible for all people from every nation. The question then is this—How will I respond to the revelation of this Savior from God’s Word? Luke opens his gospel showing two ways to respond. One, hear God’s promise-keeping Word and not believe. Or two, hear God’s promise-keeping Word and believe.
Here we are! We are settling into the Gospel of Luke and will be here for some time. Unique to Luke’s gospel is the official prologue written to an individual named Theophilus. He has been taught concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ and Luke wants him to have certain assurance concerning what he’s learned. Thus Luke has compiled his book in such a way to bring about that certainty. Main Idea: That Luke’s audience should grow in certainty about what has been fulfilled in the work of Jesus.
Ever since Chapter 17 all the way to Chapter 26, the LORD God has been laying out practical everyday commands for how the set-apartness of His holy people should invade all of life. Now the end has come and Yahweh presents His people with a choice—either be faithful to Him and experience His blessing, or be unfaithful to Him and experience His cursing. In short, the path before His people is either blessed obedience or cursed disobedience. But Chapter 26 is not saying obedience earns grace from God, but rather, obedience is born out of grace already received. Main Idea—Our posture concerning obedience to the LORD determines whether we experience blessing or cursing.
Celebrate Good Times
It was 1980 when the band Kool and the Gang burst on the scene inviting any and all to get together and ‘celebrate good times.’ But, long before this song extended its celebration invitation, we discover in Leviticus 23 that a similar invitation was first given by the LORD God to His redeemed people. In this chapter, God commands Israel to set aside key days on their calendar in order to celebrate who God is and what He has done. The aim was so God’s people would be consistently reminded that Yahweh is the Lord of time, and as such, He compels His people to build all of life around Him and direct all of life to Him for truly our time is in His hands. Main Idea—As the sovereign Lord of time, Yahweh calls us to order our days around Him for our joy.