Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man

The Gospel of Luke reveals Jesus Christ as the perfect man. Luke contains the genealogy of Jesus through Mary back down to the first man – Adam. Jesus is prophesying as the branch or offspring of God who will build God’s future temple.

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus Christ is highlighted as a man, a friend of publicans and sinners, the outcasts of society. He is shown as a man who experiences the full gamut of emotions, having compassion, love, and all human feelings because he was a man of flesh and blood (I John 4:1-2, and II John 1:7). Luke is the only Gospel with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In Luke, Jesus as the ideal man offers prayer to his Father on six separate occasions, and seven times he gives glory to God – these are all characteristics of how men and women can walk with God themselves.

Jesus always demonstrated humility and left us examples throughout Luke that he indeed was a man who loved God and man with all his heart.

Zechariah 6:12 – And speak unto him {Josiah}, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

“Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH” is a prophecy about Jesus Christ who in his humanity and compassion gave his life for his fellow man. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). This was the shameful death of the perfect man who became sin for us so that we might live forever with his Father.

In Luke 9, Jesus explains to his disciples his rejection, suffering, and resurrection as a man, then in Luke 24 we will see how Jesus showed his disciples that he indeed was the man whom God resurrected as our complete Savior (I Timothy 2:5-6).

Luke 9:22 – {Jesus} Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

Luke 24:36-43:
-36: And as they thus spake {the Apostles and disciples}, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
-37: But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
-38: And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
-39: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have {this is after Christ was resurrected}.
-40: And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
-41: And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat {food}?
-42: And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
-43: And he took it, and did eat before them. {Do you know what this really means? When we receive our new bodies, then fish and honeycomb will taste good together?!}

“The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Here Jesus is catering to the human desires of man – food – to show and prove to his disciples that he indeed was not a spirit (like some today suppose), but rather he was still a man, but a man with a new resurrected body (Acts 2:22-24)!

We can EAT FOOD if we want to when we receive our new bodies because our new bodies will be fashioned exactly like the resurrected body of Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:21), with flesh and bones (not flesh and blood) because our veins will be flowing with holy spirit, forever rejuvenating life.

“For since by man {Adam} came death, by man {Jesus Christ} came also the resurrection of the dead” (I Corinthians 15:21). Man usually places Jesus on an untouchable or unapproachable pedestal out of our reach. However, when we realize his humanity and discover for ourselves that he is Our Example – The Perfect Man – then Jesus becomes more approachable in our inner heart’s quest to truly know and understand him who is the way, the truth, and the life to our heavenly Father.