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The Gospel of Luke Essay
Gospel, Luke, Essay
Reply to 2 of your classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words and comment on their ability to synthesize, not merely summarize, their selected texts. Offer specific examples to encourage them and possible revisions to make it a stronger synthesis.
Stilling of the Storm
Jesus and his disciples decided to travel to the opposite side of a lake (Luke 8:22). The gospel of Luke refers to the Sea of Galilee as a lake and the gospel of Matthew and Mark refers to the body of water as the sea (Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:39). Both accounts are accurate due to the Sea of Galilee being a large lake that is referenced interchangeably as a sea or lake.
While their boat and other boats (Mark 4:36) traveled, a tumultuous storm arose (Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:37; Luke 8:23) that placed them all in the risk of drowning (Luke 8:23). The three gospels describe the gravity of the storm that collectively provides the reader the full scope of why the disciples were terribly afraid.
The event was described as a tempest of the sea (Matthew 8:24) brewing up a storm that caused waves to crash into and fill the boat (Mark 4:37) while simultaneously causing a storm of wind on the body of water (Luke 8:23) that caused the disciples’ to be in peril (Luke 8:23). During this time, Jesus was asleep (Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:38; Luke 8:23). In fact, in the midst of this upheaval, he was in the stern of the boat asleep on a cushion (Mark 4:38).
Knowing that Jesus was a man of authority, for they referred to him as “teacher” (Mark 4:38), ”master” (Luke 8:24), and “Lord” (Matthew 8:25), the disciples woke him to inform him that they are in danger of dying (Matthew 8:25; Mark 4:38; and Luke 8:24). The Lord responded to their fears by questioning their lack of faith.
He asks them “where is your faith?” (Mark 4:39; Luke 8:25) as to imply that their faith is being placed in fickle things or individuals that cannot be counted on in the times of tribulation. Jesus then goes on to stand up to reproof the wind and water (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; and Luke 8:24) by stating “Peace be still” (Mark 4:39).
Instantly, the wind and water obeyed. After this took place, the disciples’ reaction of one of amazement (Matthew 8:27) and terror (Mark 4:41; Luke 8:25). After their initial reactions, the disciples began to question Jesus’ authority over the wind and water (Matthew 8:26-27; Mark 4:39-41; and Luke 8:24-25). It has already been determined that the disciples respected Jesus and considered him as an authority figure; however, they were not aware of his reign over all things including the elements.
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Mary the mother of Jesus Christ
Matthew 1:18 describes the birth of Jesus Christ and paints a picture of how the savior of the word came into this world. Just as Luke says that Mary was engaged to Joseph, Matthew states the same thing and is clear that Joseph did not have sexual relationships with Mary until after the baby Jesus was born.
At first Joseph was going to put her away because he was wondering how Mary got pregnant and still remained a virgin (Luke 1:26-38). However, the angel of God came and told him that Mary conceived by the Holy spirit of God as recorded in the book of Luke in which the spirit of God overshadowed Mary (Matthew 1:20). Jesus was born. He was circumcised on the eighth day.
Mark accounts of Mary provide imagery where Mary witnesses her son hang on the cross. She hears her son Jesus Christ respond to the disciples that now Mary is to be their mother (John 19:25-27). Interestingly, there is only on mention of Mary in the gospel of Mark.
On the other hand, Luke’s gospel is the longest book of all the gospels. Mary is announced in Luke 26: 27 as a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary the mother of Jesus Christ Jesus mother is also known as Mary is mentioned in Luke, Mark, and Mathew and Acts. The virgin Mary is mentioned 12 times in the book of Luke (Luke 26:27-38).
When Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, was 6 months pregnant it was announced by the angel Gabriel that a virgin, Mary the highly favored and blessed mother of Jesus Christ was chosen. Also, he identified Mary as being espoused to Joseph. Mary reacted with fearful wonder, but Gabriel instructed Mary to not be afraid because she would conceive and give birth to the savior of the world.
Mary wanted to know how this could happen, since she was a virgin. Just as in Mark, Joseph wanted to know the same thing and an angel of God appeared to Mary too (Matthew 1:20). Gabriel told her clearly that the Most High would overshadow her and that her cousin Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant. Mary responded humbly that she is a servant of God and that what the angel said shall happen (Luke 1:26-38).
The gospel of John describes Mary attending a wedding with son, Jesus Christ (John 2:1-11). When the people ran out of wine, Mary knew that Jesus could do miracles. She simply said to Jesus that they have no wine, which is the first miracle that Jesus Christ performed. Jesus Christ responded by telling his mother that his time had not come yet. However, Jesus turned the water into wine as Mary knew he would. (word count 468).