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.

Christ Jesus Hath Made Me Free!

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death– Romans 8:2. The human race has been under the law of sin and death since the fall of Adam; however, today, because of the believing of Jesus Christ and the actions he took for us, we are now under a new law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. This new law has given us freedom in Christ and has presented us with the actual faith of Christ himself in order that we may believe God’s Word regarding our current standing with Him as those who have been made free, and as those who have received the faith of Christ (Romans 3:22 and Galatians 3:22).” ~LMJ~

The Inspiration of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The words “given by inspiration of God” literally mean that God breathed. All Scripture being the genuine breath of God is exhilarating to those of us who are searching for God and the meaning of life, for in God’s Word is contained “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him” (II Peter 1:3).

Let us first note that all Scripture is profitable, and secondly that all Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. These are the reasons for God breathing His Scriptures into existence. God inspired many different writers (Prophets) through the years to have all the Scriptures written. Nevertheless, all Scripture came from God.

II Peter 1:21:
For the prophecy {of God’s Word} came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake {and wrote} as they were moved {or rather; as they were inspired} by the Holy Ghost {by God, Who is the Holy Spirit}.

We want to handle the Word of God with this respect; that the Scriptures are truly the way to know God’s heart, and are profitable for us, and that we have the God-given right to them in never-ending abundance.

The first time God breathed was in Genesis when God gave man life, for He “breathed into his {Adam’s} nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The second time (recorded in the Bible) that God breathed, man received “all Scripture.”

This all Scripture contains the God-given profit and instruction (the manual of life) to live in the complete righteousness of our God. He created man, and then He gave us the written instructions on how to live perfectly within the heavenly designed structure that God created.

It is the Word inspired in our own hearts that gives us purpose and reason for life itself. It is our heartfelt inspiration of and for God that encourages and gives you and I hope to continue walking with Him in complete satisfaction that He is our Maker, and our every reason to continue looking to Him through His revealed Word, the inspiration of God.

Knockoffs

“In Acts 17:29 we read that we are the offspring of God, and the word offspring means race or posterity because God started off the whole human race, but this does not negate the truth that we are born in the lineage of Adam. He was the original prototype; we are, for a lack of a better phrase ‘knockoffs,’ or later additions, not quite as perfect as the original, although perfection is coming (Philippians 3:20-21).” ~LMJ~

The Waking Blessings from God in the Night!

“Never doubt that there is a God in the night who can bless you in your sleep. Adam was given a bride in his sleep (Genesis 2:21–22), think how thankful he must have been ― in the morning, and ready to go!

Abraham’s everlasting covenant was offered to him in the night (Genesis 15:17–18), imagine how thankful he must have been to look around at all his land ― in the morning!

Jacob’s ladder vision was in the night (Genesis 28:11–16), consider how thankful he must have been that he did not literally need to climb up that high ― in the morning!

Solomon was blessed with wisdom and unfathomable treasures in the night, in his sleep (I Kings 3:5–15), grasp how thankful he was that he did not need to go out and toil and earn all this ― in the morning!

Daniel’s prophetic visions came in the night (Daniel 8:18, 10:9–13), envision how thankful he must have been that those terrible visions of the end-times did not come to pass ― in the morning!

Paul (Acts 16:9) and others had blessed visits in the night, as God inspired His people in restful moments, thou hast visited me in the night– Psalms 17:3, and these visits caused their days to be not only anticipated, but exciting ― in the morning!

What connects all of these men together is that they answered God’s chosen call and were beloved and blessed of God, and at the time of their blessings, they knew this in their hearts. O Daniel, a man greatly beloved– Daniel 10:11, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him- II Samuel 12:24, Jacob have I loved– Romans 9:13. To Abraham God said, That in blessing I will bless thee- Genesis 22:17), and Adam was created in God’s image, and He blessed him- Genesis 5:3. And to us in grace, we are the chosen, blessed, and beloved of God (Ephesians 1:3–6) in this, our day and time to know, accept, and enjoy all of this in the here and now!” ~LMJ~