Summary: A study of Jesus through the book of Luke
Jesus Our Savior
Selected Passages from Luke
Series: Exploring the New Testament
Community Bible Experience
March 2, 2014
You may not recognize the name Arland D. Williams Jr. but he is a great American hero. Arland Williams was traveling from Washington D.C. on Florida air flight 90. The plane was flying in freezing conditions and shortly after takeoff was unable to gain the necessary altitude. The plane struck the 14th Street Bridge and plunged into the icy waters of the Potomac River.
Rescue efforts started almost immediately and Williams was one of only six people who survived the crash. The survivors were struggling to stay afloat in the freezing waters when helicopters arrived to extend lifelines to those still alive. The chopper shone its light on Williams and extended him a line to pull him to safety. Williams grabbed the line and immediately took the line to someone struggling worse than he was and they were rescued.
Helicopters returned to where Williams was and extended the line again and again Williams took the line to someone else in greater need. The copter lifted the person to safety and lowered the line a third time to Williams. Without hesitation, Williams again gave the lifeline that would have carried him to safety to another survivor. The line was lowered to Williams again but he was gone.
This week we have been reading the gospel of Luke. One of the key themes that runs through Luke’s work is the fact that Jesus is our savior. With this in mind, I want to look at one of the key verses in Luke’s gospel.
9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:9-10
Jesus came to us
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Christian faith is the fact that God chooses to come to us through the person of Jesus. Jesus is the embodiment of the presence, power and power of God in human flesh. Luke makes it clear in the opening pages of his gospel that God was doing something radically different than He had ever done before. The coming of Jesus was going to mark not only a change in history but also a change in the way we can know God. Jesus was both God and human in the same person.
Jesus came through the manger
The birth of Jesus reveals the depth of His humility. Jesus left heaven to walk the sin filled streets of earth and does so through the means of the manger. Remember that the manger was a feed trough used for livestock. The manger was the only thing available to lay the baby Jesus in for a crib. Jesus started His rescue mission for humanity in a stable and laid in a manger.
Jesus came to earth in the combination of the mortal and the divine. God chose to send Jesus through the human means of birth and a divine means of placing Jesus in Mary’s womb through the Holy Spirit. The miraculous means proves both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus. He is both God and human in the same person. In essence, Jesus was everything that we needed in a savior.
Jesus came with a mandate
I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to other towns also, because that is why I was sent. Luke 4:43
Jesus tells those who are asking Him to remain in the area of Capernaum that He needs to go to other towns to spread the good news. There is a sense of both calling and urgency in Christ’s words. The reality is that Jesus was called to come to earth to spread the good news to as many places as possible. The calling was to connect with people and help them see the love of God. The mandate of Jesus was to reach lost people. The urgency that comes through His words flowed out of His passion for people.
Jesus came with a mission
Jesus came to earth with a mission to fulfill. He came with the mission to communicate the message of the Kingdom of God. Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of God to earth and bring it to those who needed it most. He gave a promise to those who followed Him that they would have the right to enter into the Kingdom of God. The mission of Jesus was to bring the needed salvation to offer entrance to the Kingdom to all.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost
People mean everything to the Kingdom of God. There is no more important priority than reaching people. Think about the way that Jesus reached out to people in unexpected ways.