Christians sometimes treat the resurrection of Jesus as an apologetic “ace in the hole.” Luke’s Gospel shows us that even Jesus’ disciples couldn’t understand the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection until they had it explained to them–three times!
Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin turns on a tragic irony: though the Sanhedrin has everything it needs to confess Jesus as Lord, and even though they have arrived at the conclusion themselves, they use Jesus’ words to condemn him.
We introduce the major figures of the post-exile before we jump into studying the prophets of the post-exile (Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
Luke’s account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper is bookended with talk of betrayal. We contrast Jesus’ two betrayers, Judas and Peter, and what they teach us about sin and restoration.
To the people of Jesus’ day, Herod’s lavish temple looked like a fulfillment of God’s promises. Yet the same principle holds true for Herod’s temple as it did for Solomon’s: no amount of gold or precious stones will save a people from wickedness. Inside the temple, we see rich men giving lavish gifts. Over and against these rich flatterers, over and against the scribes, over and against the ostentation of Herod’s temple, Jesus holds up a poor widow as an exemplar of true sacrifice.