What a great Gospel! In Matthew the King comes to the earth in human form through the Father’s promises through the Jewish nation. Mark’s Gospel explodes for the Roman mind: “don’t tell me about the Jewish story – just tell me what He did!” God’s Servant is sacrificed for the sins of the world – for every nation under heaven.
Now Luke helps us understand how Jesus is the Deliverer of the souls of both Jews and all the other nations (Gentiles). To do this the God-Man takes upon Himself the suffering of mankind – and arise victorious in His purpose!
Luke is the only writer of the Bible who was not a Jew. He was a Gentile doctor who was compelled to investigate, interview, and report the “exact truth” about what had happened. Luke later pens the book of Acts with incredible insight – inasmuch as he was a companion of Paul the apostle (sent one).
It is difficult to deny that Jesus the man doesn’t understand what we go through. Check this out:
Psalm 22 is Messianic. It prepares us for Jesus. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.”
Jesus, the suffering servant, was acquainted with grief.
Surely our griefs He Himself held, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves held Him stricken, afflicted of God, and crushed. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” – Isaiah 53:4-6
“When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah.” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” – Mark 15:33-38
Your Reading Guide for the book of Luke
A great reflective Servant Song