Luke 5:27–32, Jesus, The Friend of Sinner

Luke began chapter two with the call of the most famous of the apostles, Simon Peter (5:1-11). Immediately following Peter’s call, Luke demonstrated the unusual nature of Jesus’ ministry: he touched society’s most pitiful outcast (5:12-16) and forgave the sins of an utterly helpless man (5:17-26). Significantly, the very next event in Jesus’ life that…

Luke 5:12–26, Who Can Forgive Sins?

Luke presents us with a vivid account of two memorable miracles Jesus performed. The accounts describe several groups of people suggestive of several lessons we could learn: • The leprous man • The crowds • The paralytic • The four friends • The religious leaders But Luke’s main purpose is to instruct us concerning the…