Encounters with Jesus In The Book of Luke
This is a study plan that will start on Monday, June 25th and run every Monday-Friday until Friday, August 31st.
Before you jump into it.....
As you prepare for these daily readings, we encourage you to do three things:
1. Find a time each day that works best for you. Whether it's morning, lunch break, evening, or before bed - finding a regular time can help you get in the habit of reading Scripture.
2. Find a place that allows you to quiet your mind. Whether it's an office, your car, a closet, or your garage - a solitary place will help you hear from God. And turn off the notifications on your phone.
3. Before reading, pray and ask God to speak to you. It is the Holy Spirit who illuminates God's revealed Word, and we need his help. Consider Him your tour guide of the bible.
**One resource that can help you understand the passage is a commentary by David Guzik, which you can find here.
Here is another commentary from a long time ago: Wesley Commentary.
READINGS FOR WEEK 9 (August 20th-24th)
Monday: Luke 23:44-49
The curtain in the temple separated the Holy Place, wehre priests entered daily to offer prayers, from the Holy of Holies, where only the high priest entered once a year to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
Luke does not explain the significance of the curtain tearing in two -- probably partly because he knew his 1st century audience could guess the meaning, and partly because his goal was to report facts, not always explain those facts. Read Hebrews 9:1-15 and 10:19-22 to answer question #1.
- What is the significance of the curtain tearing in two?
- What do you surmise from this whole passage about what Luke is trying to convey regarding the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ death? The dark skies, the tearing of the curtain, the statement of the centurion, the reaction by the crowd - what is Luke pointing to? Why are these details significant?
- How does Jesus take on death? What is his attitutde? His heart posture?
Tuesday: Luke 23:50-56
- The bodies of criminals were not treated with much dignity. Their bodies might be put in an open grave and left to rot, or their family members might be able to get permission to bury them.
- The Jewish council is the group who decided to have Jesus arrested and handed over.
- If Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Council, what was he risking in order to request permission to bury Jesus?
- Why does Luke include this passage? Why do all these small details matter so much? Think about why detectives ask witnesses and suspects for a bunch of seemingly unnecessary details? What do these details tell us about the kind of story Luke believes he is telling (hint: stories of mythology do not include such details)?
- How does this passage fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 53:97? What is significant about this?
- Consider how the women, Joseph, and the other disciples must have felt over the course of the next couple days. Consider the unmet expectations, the unfulfilled plans, the questionning and the doubting. The one they had put their ultimate hope in was now dead. Where can they look for hope now? Can you relate? Can you empathize with them? Simply take a moment right now and try to put yourself in their shoes. What would your life be like if that really was the end?
Wednesday: Luke 24:1-12
- Take note of everything the women found when they got to the tomb.
- Then take note of what they were told at the tomb and by whom it was told.
- Now take note of how the women responded to #s 1 & 2.
- What does this sequence tell you about the hearts of these women? Do you think this sequence -- discovering unbelievable good news, having it explained to them, then going out to share it - is a model for us?
- Why do you think Luke tells us that “the Eleven” thought the women’s words were nonsense, but then Peter still went running to the tomb, anyway? What does this tell us about Peter?
Thursday: Luke 24:13-35
- Why are the two disciples sad and confused as they walk along? How do they describe their former Master? What disappointing and confusing things do they describe?
- Why does Jesus call them “foolish” and “slow to believe”? Compare what they said about the messiah in v. 19-24 to what Jesus said in v. 26. What were they slow to believe?
- After calling them foolish and slow to believe, what does he do for them in v. 27? Why is this important for their faith? What did he use to explain things to them?
- Why do you think Jesus waited until the end of his time with them, when eating dinner, to make known exactly who he was? Why did he not just reveal himself before he did all that explaining?
- How do these two disciples respond when they realize that Jesus truly has risen from the dead?
- What does their response tell you about how we should respond to the same good news?
Friday: Luke 24:36-43
1. By this point, at least three people from the group have already seen Jesus alive. Still, how did everyone react when Jesus suddenly appeared? Why do you think they reacted this way?
2. How did Jesus prove he had a physical body that was actually alive?
3. What is so significant about Jesus having an actual physical body? Why is that so important for Luke to communicate to his readers?
4. Do you think it is necessary to believe in Jesus' physical resurrection in order to follow him?