Luke 8:16-18, Post Tenebras Lux

The theme of light runs through the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 8:16-18). Light is a metaphor for truth. The truth mentioned in our text has God as its source and Jesus as both its messenger and subject. Jesus called his hearers to listen carefully to his message because it brings both hope…

Luke 8:1-15, The Seed That Bears Fruit

People often suggest that Jesus told parables to illustrate the truths he taught. But Jesus, himself, explains in the sermon text for this Lord’s Day that he did not intend for his parables to illumine truth; rather, they concealed the truth. Only those whom the Lord calls into Jesus’ Kingdom will understand it and embrace…

Luke 7:11-17, The Great Prophet

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:11-17) tells the story of a miracle unique to the Gospel of Luke. The central point of the story appears in v. 16, “A great prophet has arisen among us.” The Old Testament predicted that God would raise up the ultimate prophet who would speak for Him.…

Luke 7:1-10, “Wonderful” Faith

In our sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:1-10), we encounter a “wonderful” faith in an unexpected person: a Roman centurion. Several important themes are woven into the story. It foreshadows the universal scope of the gospel message. It enlarges the picture of Christ’s mighty power. It stresses our unworthiness to approach Christ. But,…