The Gospel of Luke presents many unique pictures of Jesus. We see him in his Father's house as a child, we see him deliberately associating with the poor and the disreputable, and we see him in communion with the Holy Spirit. But we also see the larger picture of Jesus setting out resolutely for Jerusalem in order to fulfil God's plan for the world. With a critical awareness of scholarly discussions and a practical attentiveness to both the text and the reader, Leon Morris carefully places the themes of Luke's Gospel within the context of God's plan for all people.
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“The fact that the first two depict people who actively seek what is lost may well put emphasis on the truth that God does not wait passively for sinners to come to him, but actively seeks them out.” (Page 255)
“As a class shepherds had a bad reputation. The nature of their calling kept them from observing the ceremonial law which meant so much to religious people. More regrettable was their unfortunate habit of confusing ‘mine’ with ‘thine’ as they moved about the country. They were considered unreliable and were not allowed to give testimony in the law-courts (Talmud, Sanhedrin 25b). There is no reason for thinking that Luke’s shepherds were other than devout men, else why would God have given them such a privilege? But they did come from a despised class.” (Page 101)
“The angels are saying that God will bring peace ‘for men on whom his favour rests’ (neb). There is an emphasis on God, not man. It is those whom God chooses, rather than those who choose God, of whom the angels speak. Peace, of course, means peace between God and people, the healing of the estrangement caused by human evil.” (Pages 102–103)
“God actively seeks out sinners and brings them home. The rabbis agreed that God would welcome the penitent sinner. But it is a new idea that God is a seeking God, a God who takes the initiative.” (Page 255)
“In Bethlehem that night there might be one or two babies wrapped in swaddling clothes, but surely only one lying in a manger.” (Page 102)