Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Luke's Christology

I hear it around that John's gospel is the "spiritual" gospel with "high Christology." This is nonsense. Each gospel writer had intentions in mind about what they were writing and how it would come across.

When we don't learn how to read the Bible for all its worth, we miss things that are right in front of us. The Western church is very concerned right now about "proving" that Jesus thought He was God. We do this in the face of Jehova's Witnesses, Mormons, and historical critics.

The most common gospel to go to is John because it is more direct about the fact that Jesus did indeed think He was God. But, we only go to this clear Scriptures because we don't fully understand the entire implications of the Gospel story represented in all four of the Gospels.

I'm not going to go into detail with each one, but I want to call attention to one that is almost always missed. Luke, in telling the story about Jesus casting out demons from a man into the pigs, gives us a very clear implication that Luke was trying to give us.

"The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him."
Did you catch it?

"...tell how much God has done for you."

and then...

"So the man...told all over town how much Jesus had done for him."

Did you ever catch that before?

This is just one little example, but there are several ways in which it is very clear in Mark, Matthew, and Luke that they were telling the story of God coming to visit His people just as He had promised.

We shall revisit this again soon...

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