His Mission (Paperback)D A Carson & Kathleen Nielson
“But who do you say that I am?”
—Jesus (Luke 9:20)
In this collection of biblical expositions, eight prominent Bible teachers look to the Gospel of Luke and its unique portrait of our Savior, exploring everything from the nature of Jesus's divine sonship to his rejection by the religious and political rulers of his day. Chapters include:
· John Piper - Jesus the Son of God, the Son of Mary (Luke 1–2)
· Colin Smith - Jesus Despised (Luke 4:14-30)
· Crawford Loritts - Jesus's Transforming Power on Behalf of the Afflicted (Luke 8:26-56)
· D. A. Carson - Jesus's Resolve to Head toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:18-62)
· Kevin DeYoung - Jesus and the Lost (Luke 15:1-32)
· Stephen Um - Jesus and Money (Luke 16:1-15)
· Gary Millar - Jesus Betrayed and Crucified (Luke 22:3-23:49)
· Tim Keller - Jesus Vindicated (Luke 24:1-53)
This book will help you grasp the overarching message of the book of Luke: the blameless life, atoning death, and vindicating resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Part of The Gospel Coalition series.
ByD A Carson & Kathleen Nielson
Size140 x 216 mm
Number of Pages192 pp
PublisherGood News Publishers / Crossway Books
Jesus the Son of God,
the Son of Mary
Only in one place in the Gospel of Luke does the author speak in
the first person, referring to himself. He does this three times in the
first four verses of the book:
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of
the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those
who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of
the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also,
having followed all things closely for some time past, to write
an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that
you may have certainty concerning the things you have been
taught. (Luke 1:1–4)
Never again does Luke refer to himself as “me” or “us” in this
Gospel. And the reason he does it here is plain: he wants to come
right out and be crystal clear about why he is writing this book.
He is writing this account, he says, “that you [Theophilus, or John
Piper, or add your name] may have certainty concerning the things
you have been taught” (v.4).
To Have Certainty
My focus in this chapter is on the first two chapters of the Gospel.
We are not left wondering why Luke wrote these chapters. His pur-
pose (that Theophilus will have certainty concerning the things he
had been taught) is so explicit and so prominent at the beginning
of the Gospel that I want to linger over it for a moment to clarify
where this chapter is going.