April 15, 2022: Day 81 – Luke 19-24April 15, 2022
We find ourselves today on Good Friday and we have just read the Scripture which speaks of that event in Jesus’ life. These chapters contain the ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday which is in chapter 19. We then transition to a number of teachings, but no more miracles from now to the end of the chapter, just teachings.
We also find in these readings the last supper and all that takes place in chapter 22 which we looked at last evening at the Maundy Thursday service. Just one note before that, look at 21:37 where we read that every day Jesus would teach in the temple and then every evening he would head to the Mount of Olives as if that is where he would stay overnight. The Garden of Gethsemane was not just a place that he happened to find the evening of his betrayal. That was a location that he was very familiar with and obviously where he spent a lot of time.
In chapter 23 we find the crucifixion of Jesus and all the events that led up to that and all the events that composed the crucifixion. Finally, in the last chapter. we have the resurrection and the unique story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. No other Gospel writer has that story. I like the simplicity of the Ascension and the final command to hang out in the city, that would be Jerusalem, until they received power. Remember, Luke is written by the same author who wrote Acts which is where we have the story of Pentecost, so it all makes sense.