The Gospel of Luke is often overlooked by many Christians. However, this gospel should not be taken lightly. In this commentary on the Gospel of Luke, we will discuss some of the most important themes and passages that are often overlooked by many readers.
The first thing to note about the Gospel of Luke is that it was written by a Gentile (not Jewish). This means that it can be read with an eye toward understanding how non-Jews would have understood the message of Jesus and his followers. For example, when Jesus says “all who are led by the Spirit are children of God” (Luke 12:15), this could have been interpreted as saying that anyone who has faith can be saved—a message that would have been very appealing to Gentiles who were not Jewish or had not converted to Judaism.
Another important theme in this gospel is what scholars call “proselytism”—that is, encouraging non-Jews to convert to Christianity. This is especially evident in chapter 13 where Jesus tells his disciples: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (13:18).
Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod king of Judea, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem.
They said, Where is the newborn king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.
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When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Messiah would be born. They told him: In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will rule my people Israel.
Then Herod convened all who were foremost among the people and sent them to Bethlehem to search for the child. And when they found him they brought word back to Herod who rejoiced greatly at what had been told him about this child. Then Herod called together all his courtiers and demanded from them in secrecy whether or not they thought that this child might possibly be King Messiah. And they declared unanimously that it was impossible because he was too young.