Luke 1 - 4
You sent your only Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to fulfill all your promises: Give me new life in him.
Almighty God and Father, from the beginning of time as we know it, You have loved mankind as a father loves his children. Even when Your first children became disobedient and turned away from Your guiding hand, taking upon themselves the sovereignty over their lives in deciding what was good and what was evil, You did not abandon man to what he deserved. Instead, You laid the foundation for the path to salvation in Your promise that one day a man, born from a woman, would break the power of Satan and restore man to the destiny for which he had been created “eternal fellowship with his Eternal Father. Send Your Spirit to guide us, Eternal Father, as we study the events in the history of man which became the hinge upon which all of salvation history turns “the Incarnation and salvation mission of the Son of God.” We pray in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The period of Maccabean Revolt drew a curtain on the Old Testament. “Testament” is our English translation of the Greek word that itself translates the Hebrew word for “covenant.” It refers to the covenant promises through which God bound Israel to Himself as His people – the Messiah, and his reign comes to make a new and everlasting covenant. This new covenant will not do away with the old, it will fulfill it.
The things we have already seen come to pass – the conquest of the land, the establishment of the kingdom and so on – turn out to be temporal signposts pointing to the much greater spiritual reality of the Kingdom of God that His Son comes to establish. Humanly speaking, at the start of the New Testament things do not look good for Israel.
The Jews may be home but in a sense they are still “slaves” subject to foreign empires. Spiritually speaking, they remain exiled by sin. They wait in longing for the coming of the Messiah. But when Israel looks to be at its weakest, God will change everything.
We will read about the period of Messianic Fulfillment as it is told in the gospel of Luke. Today’s chapters cover the birth of Jesus, his baptism and the temptation in the desert, and the start of his ministry in Galilee.
Discussion Boards Day 78
Agape Catholic Bible Study - Luke Chapter 1:1 - 1:38
Luke Chapter 3:1 - 4:13
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