Jesus In Luke's Gospel

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Luke’s Gospel gives us insight into the Christian understanding of human dignity. It identifies the distinct features and themes of Luke’s portrait of Jesus and describes the causes of injustice that Jesus challenged. It shows Jesus’ compassion for the poor, oppressed and outcast of his time. His Gospel is unique because it focuses more on who Jesus was, rather than what he did and it was intended for Gentile Christians, who were less familiar with Jewish traditions. Luke’s purpose was to narrate the events that demonstrated Jesus’ humanity. Luke wrote about stories that are not found in any other Gospels, such as details of Jesus’ conception and birth. . It is believed that Luke got the information for these stories directly from Mary. “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19)He also includes stories about individuals and has many themes within his Gospel about his portrait of Jesus. Luke portrays Jesus as merciful and compassionate, someone who cares for and loves everyone and treats people equally. Jesus is portrayed as our saviour and is referred to as ‘the human-divine one’ and ‘the son of man.’ “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost," (Luke 19:10). This is the key verse and sums up what Jesus is known as. Luke gives us an image of Jesus as one who reaches out to the Gentiles and has a special concern for the poor and marginalised. It is shown in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus helped and welcomed the outcasts and performs miracles on them. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Lk 4:18-19) This passage shows that he is non judgmental and truly divine. Luke’s gospel includes many themes.

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