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.

Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Habakkuk, Jesus Christ is the marvelous wonder whom God would send to redeem, and he is our joy in God. The marvelous wonder of Jesus Christ’s life is so thrilling to our lives as we come to know him more and more, the greatest and most marvelous wonder of all is his Resurrection and our subsequent new and eternal life that we receive through him.

Habakkuk 1:4-5:
-4: Therefore {because of strife and contention} the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for wickedness doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
-5: Behold ye {Israel} among the heathen, and regard {look and behold}, and wonder marvellously {in astonishment}: for I will work a work {miraculous miracles} in your days {in the days that the Messiah would be present}, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Israel was living among the heathen, i.e., the unbelievers, and they refused God’s Law that was written and spoken to them, and they refused the righteous judgment that only God’s Word could reveal.

Verse 5 is a prophecy regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, whom Israel would behold with their very eyes. They would see him and be completely astonished with utter amazement at the miraculous ways he presents himself and his Father to them, and still not believe that he was the Messiah.

This prophecy is also written in Acts 13:41 in the past tense, because Christ came, and today we can be astonished in his completed work on our behalf and rejoice in him.

Following are only a few examples of Israel’s astonishment in the miraculous work that Jesus would do.

Matthew 7:28-29:
-28: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, {the Sermon on the Mount}, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
-29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark 5:42 – And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

The damsel in Mark 5 was dead and Jesus raised her, which was nothing short of a miracle. When the people saw this miracle they were greatly astonished.

Everywhere Jesus walked he gave infallible proofs that he was the true Messiah, yet in the end of his ministry they refused to believe on him, and so Israel as a nation rejected and crucified him. There were some who always believed in hope, but they were few, and the few had great joy because of their steadfastness in their believing God’s healing Word.

Habakkuk was a prophet of the Most High God, and Habakkuk in the midst of Israel’s unbelief received joy from his God because he believed.

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

A hind is a deer that places his two back feet in the exact place his front feet were, and his front feet went first to check and make sure that the ground was safe.  What Habakkuk was saying is that when we believe and look to God through our Savior, then we will also be walking in the steps of Jesus Christ, who always walked perfectly with his heavenly Father.

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord who made our salvation a reality, and today our “high places” are at the right hand of God.