Luke ( word cloud ) – why Jerusalem ?

Luke – Jerusalem

If you were making a plan to EXPLAIN Jesus to someone,

       How would you go about that?

      High Points ? Key Teachings? Biography?


       What would be the … top 5-10 things you try to communicate?



               3) ……

Illus : orientation , bearing

            1st illus ( ~1000?) still remember…..

Gospel writers had their orientation…

      MARK, brief – just the immediate! Skips 1st -30 yrs

      MATTHEW, – kingdom of heaven, epic scope!  Daniel, Prophetic!

     LUKE –

               – gentile

               – physician

               – historian

               – non-apostle


GET the story before giving the story!

Luke 1:4 “ … so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

Orientation is crucial!


      Jerusalem !


What does he mean ?

     Verses ……

Luke 2 – childhood around Jerusalem

Luke 4 – Jesus tempted w/ Jerusalem


Luke 9:18-21 NASB

18 And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the [a]people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others sayElijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The [b]Christ of God.” 21 But He [c]warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone,


{. It shows up in Matthew and Mark because when Jesus goes on to talk about his impending death, Peter says: “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” (Matt. 16:22)—which shows that at this juncture, he cannot conceive of a crucified messiah. }’s-resolve-head-toward-jerusalem

Luke 9:51

Samaritan Opposition

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

  1. Luke 9:53
    but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.

  2. Luke 13:22
    The Narrow Door
    Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.

Luke 13:33

  1. In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem

Luke 17:11

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

  1. Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee

Luke 18:31

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

  1. Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled

Luke 19:11

The Parable of the Ten Minas

  1. While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once
  2. Luke 19:28
    Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
    After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to

  3. Luke 19:41
    As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

Luke 24:33

  1. They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
  2. Luke 24:47
    and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.


      Luke’s – continual orientation !

           What did Gentile Luke want greek Theophilus not to miss!?!  THE CROSS!

     Jesus focus on Jerusalem and what He was to accomplish there.



In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

      Hero – Samaritan /Jesus , covers all needs