Our examination of the Gospel of Luke reveals the extent of detail that the author provides concerning the Messiah who was promised from the time of the Garden. Writing from the mindset of a Greek, Luke presents the Perfect Man who comes into human history to accomplish salvation for fallen mankind.  Thus he begins with the uniqueness of the virgin birth of the humanity of Christ and gives a panoramic account of His ministry, death, burial and resurrection.  Included in his historical record is an account as to the primary purpose for Messiah coming into the world.  “Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him. And He entered the Pharisee's house, and reclined at the table. And behold, there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet, and anointing them with the perfume” (Luke 7:36-39).  The host, impressed with his religiosity and trusting in his moral and self righteous behavior to obtain relationship with God, was quick to criticize both his guest and the woman.  “Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner" (Luke 7:39-40).  Had the Messiah not come for the very purpose of providing salvation to mankind who was in bondage to sin?  Certainly so and Jesus’ response to his critic pointedly asserted his mission when He said to the woman, “your faith has saved you, go in peace” (Luke 7:50).  Matthew records a similar response of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees … “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick” (Matt 9:12b).  Jesus was speaking of more than physical ailments. More importantly was the need for man to be healed from the spiritual disease of sin.  But in order give undeniable proof that He was the Messiah, He healed all who came to Him of their sicknesses.  Dr. Luke gives the most extensive discourse of the healing of the demoniac from Gadara. The people of that area were raising swine, no doubt selling it on what we call the “black market.” Luke reveals that the demons acknowledged knowing Jesus and even knowing of their future demise.  “And seeing Jesus, he cried out [demon speaking through the man] and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, "What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God” (Luke 8:28)? Note the response of those who heard of the miraculous healing ... “And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to depart from them; for they were gripped with great fear” (Luke 8:37).  What an opportunity had been placed before the people to place their faith in the only One who had power to not only make an individual well, but forgive sins and thus have a relationship with God through faith in Christ.  But these herdsmen and towns people were more interested in their lucrative bootleg business than the eternal destiny of their souls.  Then as now, there are those who come face to face with the reality that Jesus Christ is the Savior.  Some, like the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees rejected so great a salvation, trusting instead in their moral standing and religious acts. Others, like the man who had great possessions, are willing to reject faith in Christ for what they consider a “better life” of their own making (Matt 19:22).  Still others just deny the Christ, saying to themselves … “who is this man who even forgives sins” (Luke 7:49)?  Each person must answer the question posed by Jesus to His disciples … “whom do you say that I am?” Simon Peter’s answer rings throughout all generations – “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16 KJV).

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