This week we are reading the entire book of Luke and moving through the first four chapters of the last Gospel, John.
The Gospel of Luke is the first of a two part book written by the same author. The first part is an account of Jesus' life and the second part, the book of Acts, is an account of the history of the early church. Luke was a physician who was a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul on several of his missionary journeys. He addresses the books of Luke and Acts to Theophilus, probably a Gentile who was either a new believer or someone seeking to learn about Christ. Luke elaborates on a lot of the information from Matthew and Mark, including more parables and more stories about Jesus' interactions with people that show his interest in the non-Jewish world and the poor. Other highlights in the book of Luke include: the parables about lost items (chap 15), Jesus and Zaccheus (chap 19), Jesus praying in the Garden (chap 22), the Crucifixion (chap 23), and the Resurrection (chap 24).
The Gospel of John, written by one of the disciples, is very different than the others and so is NOT considered as a synoptic or similar Gospel. While it does mention some of the same stories of people and healings and miracles, the timeline of Jesus' ministry is different than the others and John also includes large chunks of teaching (like chapters 6, 10, and 13-16) that explain who Jesus is that are not included in any other Gospels.
Here is the schedule:
12, Sunday: Luke 1-4
13, Monday: Luke 5-8
14, Tuesday: Luke 9-12
15, Wednesday: Luke 13-16
16, Thursday: Luke 17-20
17, Friday: Luke 21-24
18, Saturday: John 1-4
May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.