Saturday, January 24, 2015

BIBLE STUDY BOOK OF LUKE WEEK # 8 (CONCLUSION)

A Christmas Bible Study "Good News of Great Joy:"
The Book of Luke
DATE:  (1/23/15)
Week # 8
 
Prayer:
Father God, I thank You for allowing me to study Your Word. Thank You for time. Thank You for the mind to set aside other things and study Your Word. Your Word is a lamp to my feet,  and a light unto my path each day of my life. Your Word is my spiritual food, so I can live a spiritual life unto You all the time. I love Your Word, Lord. I thank You for those who have follow the study, and for those who love Your Word too, and share it with me. It's a blessing. Thank You to You sent Your Son to seek and save me when I was lost, and blind to Your Word. Thank You for the heart and mind to diligent search the Scripture daily. I desire to continue to seek Your face each day of my life. And I am sure all those who follow this study do too. Bless each one with all they need to study Your Word, and honor You each day. This I pray in Jesus' Mighty Name, AMEN.
 
Conclusion: (Jesus Last Days on Earth)
 
Dr. Luke did not scoff at the idea of the virgin birth or at the thought of the resurrection of the dead. It was not, however, that he had observed these kinds of things in his medical career. To the contrary! Yet, with unabashed clarity, Luke presents these remarkable events with certainty, based upon the abundant evidence that he reviewed.  And when you trace them, step-by-step, you will "know the certainty" of these matters concerning the life of Jesus Christ. He reported the truth concerning Jesus' life — from his virgin birth to the miraculous ascension. And the truth to which these facts and events point is: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke. 19:10, ESV).
 
Luke distinguishes himself from the eye-witnesses who saw and heard these things (note the "they" versus "us" in Luke 1:1-2). But his investigation was so thorough, his research so comprehensive, his aim to record the truth so noble — that although he himself was not there, he can take us there, that we may know the certainty of "those matters." In fact, once we leave verse three (i.e., the "me" reference), the greatest historian fades into the background behind the greatest story ever told.
 
The Holy Spirit Promised:
Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit, assuring them that He would,  comfort them; dwell in them (John 14:16);  teach them all things; bring all his teachings to their remembrance (John 14:26); testify of Jesus (John 15:26); convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11); and speak through them (Matthew 10:15-20).
 
The Last Supper:
On the night of his betrayal, Jesus instituted a supper to be kept in memory of him--his death and sufferings (Matthew 26:26-30). It was designed, to keep Him enshrined in the hearts of His disciples to the end of time; to proclaim His death until he comes again (1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
 
Agony in the Garden:
After the supper Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane where, under the mighty weight of the world's sins, He cried to His Father to let the cup of sorrow and suffering pass, but expressed his willingness to submit to the terrible ordeal (Luke 22:39-46).
Betrayal Jesus was betrayed by one of His Apostles, Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:47).
 
His Trial:
The trial of Jesus was the most consummate farce in the annals of the world. He was carried from court to court (Matthew 26:5-75; Luke 23:1-12), and finally condemned to die without the establishment of a single charge against Him (Luke 23:13-26).
 
Crucifixion:
Jesus was crucified between two malefactors, forsaken of God and man (Luke 23:27-48).
 
Sayings on the Cross:
The utterances of Jesus on the cross were,
1.      His prayer to God in behalf of His tormentors (Matthew 23:34);
2.      His reply to the dying thief (Luke 23:39-43);
3.      He requested the disciple whom He loved to take care of His mother (John 19:25-27);
4.      He prayed to God, asking why He had been forsaken (Matthew 27:45-47);
5.      He said that He was thirsty (John 19:28);
6.      He declared that it was finished (John 19:30);
7.      He commended His Spirit into the hands of His Father (Luke 23:46).
 
Jesus Christ's Death:
Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (Romans 5:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:24).
 
Burial and Resurrection:
He was buried in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea (Mark 15:43-47), and raised again for our justification (Mark 16:1-8; Romans 4:25).
 
His Incredulous Apostles:
The apostles of Jesus received the news of the resurrection with incredulity--as idle tales (Luke 24:10)
 
Appearances After the Resurrection:
After Jesus arose again He spent forty days on earth, demonstrating His identity by infallible proofs, and He instructed His apostles in the things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:1-3). He was seen by,
Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11); the other women who were returning from the tomb (Matthew 28:1-10);
Peter, the apostle (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5); the two disciples going to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32); the eleven apostles as they sat at meat (Mark 16:14); the apostles the second time (John 20:26-29); seven disciples at the sea of Tiberias (John 21:1);  the eleven disciples in a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16); five hundred brethren at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6);
James (1 Corinthians 15:7); and all the apostles at the ascension (Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:1-12).
 
The Ascension:
After Jesus had committed the words of reconciliation to the apostles (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). He led them out as far as Bethany, blessed them and ascended to His Father's right hand (Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:9-11).
This is the dateline of Jesus time here on earth:
 
 

Date

Event / Stage

Location

6 BC

Birth (recent historians push back date to coincide with simultaneous historical events)

Israel: Bethlehem

6-4 BC

Infancy

Egypt

4 BC-26 AD

Youth

Israel: Nazareth

27 AD

Beginning of Jesus' public ministry

Israel: Jordan/Jericho/Samaria

27 AD

Rejection by his own people in Nazareth

Israel: Nazareth

27-29 AD

Ministry in Galilee

Israel: Capernaum, Sea of Galilee

29 AD

Ministry in Judea /Jerusalem

Israel: Judea, Jerusalem

29 AD-winter

Ministry in Perea

Jordan: Perea

30 AD

Back to Judea/Jerusalem

Israel: Judea, Jerusalem

April 30 AD

Final Week in Jerusalem (Trial/Arrest/Execution)

Israel: Judea, Jerusalem

April-May 30 AD

Reported Return from the Dead and Final Appearances

Israel: Judea (South), Galilee (North)
 
His Last Days: Sacrifice and Triumph (19:28;24:53)
 
Reading the book of Luke: Chapters 1-24
 
Week 8                        Luke 22-24
 
Luke 22:1-30                          Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus, The Last Supper
Luke 22:31-62            Jesus Instructs Apostles, Prays; Betrayal and Arrest; Peter Denies Jesus
Luke 22:63-23:25       Guards Mock Jesus; Jesus Before Pilate and Herod
Luke 23:26-49            The Crucifixion
Luke 23:50-24:12       Jesus Burial and Resurrection on Easter
Luke 24:13-35            Two Men on the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:36-53            Jesus Appears to the Disciples (twice); the Ascension
 
 
This was a great study for the holiday.  The life of Jesus Christ is the greatest story ever told. There is no story that has the creditability as the story of Jesus. Dr. Luke shares this story in such a way that it can be understood by Jews and Gentiles, by bond and free, by men and women, and by young and old. 
 
The Word Gospel:
 
The third book of the English Bible that most of us read from is the Gospel of Luke. Luke is the third of the four gospel writings, yet there is only one Gospel about Jesus Christ and there are four different writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word "Gospel" means "good news", and the good news is about Jesus Christ dying on the cross and then three days later conquering death and rising from the dead, and it offer salvation to all mankind. This is the Gospel!  And we must remember that He ascended on High with the Father, and shall return one day soon. I have been blessed in this study.
 
I've always desired to study the 23 Psalm verse by verse, now I can. I've studied it before, but not in depth as I will with "A Study of Psalm 23."  Yes, my next study will be the 23 Psalm.  I am looking forward to it, and the research on it, and mostly reading it verse by verse as I study it.  I have been reading it as part of my devotional for months now.  One day it dawn on me, and actually got in my spirit to study it verse by verse.  As I said before, my earthly father used this psalm to teach me and my siblings to read before we begin public school. Each night we had to read it until we could memorize it. That is the very key to my accepting Christ as my Savior later in life.  Hallelujah!   If you follow my personal study in this community, my blog, or on my website, I'll see you in my next study. God bless you!