If I were lucky enough to lecture students on Luke’s Gospel, simply discussing
the factual aspect of his writings would not do him, nor Jesus, any justice. Along with it
being a great depiction of Jesus’ life from his conception until his resurrection, Luke’s
Gospel teaches lessons Jesus used through His teachings to better educate His followers
of what it takes to eventually be a part of God’s kingdom. Such information would be
seemingly too broad to understand within the confines of a book, however Luke
masterfully combines all of these facts into one story with numerous lessons, leaving it as
a difficult task for an educator to select which aspects of it to cover.
The third Gospel, written by Luke, presents The Son of Man through a human
form as Jesus. Jesus’ life on Earth could be broken down into three parts: Jesus’ birth,
Jesus’ preaching, and Jesus’ death and resurrection. These three aspects of His life are the
vocal points for what modern day Theologians seem to focus on in their own teaching, so
it would be nonsensical for me to refrain from using them within my own. It must
also be acknowledged that much of what Jesus endured through His lifetime teaches a
point so after discussing the actual happenings of a particular event, it is necessary to
discuss its intentions for us.
Concerning Jesus’ birth, I would teach students how His birth had both simil-
rities and differences to our own. Mary went through pregnancy carrying a fetus for nine
months, as women always have, though she was never actually impregnated. The Angel
Gabriel visited Mary to bear some unexpected news, telling her that, “…you have found
favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son” (CSB 99).
Mary was a virgin, although God gave her the power to conceive a child. This amazing
occurrence was only the beginning of what would become a storied lifetime of miracles,
teachings, and Je...
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Living by these two things, Jesus strives to spread God’s word so that people will see that
hatred-filled and unforgiving people will not be invited to the Kingdom of God. I would
tell my students that whenever an attempted act of mine is in question, I will revert back
to this to determine whether or not God would approve.
The third Gospel, written by Luke, is a detailed description of Jesus’ life on Earth.
Covering so much area in terms of stories and lessons, it is difficult to narrow down the
important points or to focus on certain aspects. If I were an educator and had to teach this
to students, like I have just done, I would break down Jesus’ life into three parts: Jesus’
birth, Jesus’ preaching, and Jesus’ death and resurrection. I would hit upon the topics
which I have already mentioned, and reflect on the significance of each. Discovering the
lessons presented before a reader and beginning to think more like God is the greatest
achievement one could receive from Luke’s Gospel.
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