Luke 1: Luke’s Introduction to His Book and His Jesus

Reposted from Pr. Stout:

(80 verses,  8:55 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Luke will begin by writing a confession on why he is writing this book and the proceed to tell about the conceptions of John and Jesus.


  • 1-4: Notice how careful Luke is to make a case for the accuracy of the narrative that will follow.  He was careful.  He took time and used eyewitnesses who were there from the beginning.  Why be so careful?  So that Theophilus and you will have certainty.
  • 5-25: An angel visits Zechariah while he is in the temple and prophesies that his wife, who has been barren for many years, will bear a wonderful son whose name will be John.
  • 26-38: An angel visits Mary and prophesies of the birth of her son, the Son of the Most High.
  • 39-45: Mary visits Elizabeth.  This is a wonderful addition to help us appreciate the life and faith of the living, but unborn.
  • 46-56: A song that fits around this theme: “He has filled the hungry with good things, but the rich he has sent empty away.”  The gospel is for beggars who realize they have nothing to offer God.
  • 57-66: John is born, circumcised, and named.
  • 67-80: Zechariah answers the question posed in vs. 66, “What then will this child be?”


  • In the first two chapters, Luke will use something known as step-parallelism  in comparing John and Jesus.  John will be described as great and then Jesus will be described as something even greater.  For example, John will be “great before the Lord” (vs. 15), but Jesus “will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”  John is conceived in a miraculous way to a woman who was called barren (vs. 7, 36), but Jesus will be conceived in an even more miraculous way to a virgin (27, 34).  This even takes place in the description of the parents of the children.  Zechariah doubts the Lord’s Word and Mary receives the Lord’s Word.


  • There is much to meditate on in this chapter, but I will only choose two to form your prayers for this chapter.  John will “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children” (vs. 17).  May our Lord turn the heart of the fathers to our children throughout our families, churches, and states so that they may teach the faith as the spiritual head of the household.
  • Mary’s response in vs. 38, ” “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word”  has long been a powerful phrase to help the Lord’s servants meditate on His Word.  Consider the Law in this chapter (we are often disobedient [17], full of doubt [20], prideful [51], etc) and speak that phrase again.  We are what the Lord calls us.  However, also consider the wonderful comfort that comes from being what the Lord calls us: joyful [47], exalted [52], redeemed, and visited by God [68], etc.


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Pastor Christopher Stout


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