- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Luke 5
In chapter 5, Luke witnesses to Jesus, his messianic actions— calling his first three disciples, healing, and teaching. Luke wanted his readers to know who Jesus Christ is so that they would believe him.
Calling (1-11) —- The Lake of Gennesaret was also called the Sea of Galilee or the Lake of Tiberius. The way Jesus called his disciples revealed his messianic power, “put out into deep water, and let down the nest for a catch,” (4). Jesus brought his first three disciples, Peter, James and John, to the mountain of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8). Peter’s response “Go way from me, Lord, I am a sinful man” (8) was his confession to Jesus’ messianic power, seeing the boatful fish caught only by following the word of Jesus, compared to his own knowledge and skill as professional fisherman. (10). Jesus called them out of their context (fishermen) into discipleship (fisher of men), “Don’t be afraid from now on you will catch men.”
Healing a leper (12-16) —- A leper in Jesus’ time was regarded as the cursed by sin, and was forced to be removed from sight, isolated from all domestic, religious, and commercial contact. Jesus entered into the leper’s isolation and shame, and healed him with his messianic authority, “Be clean,” and the leper got cleaned. Why did Jesus say “don’t tell anyone?” Jesus did not want his healing ministry to become so well known that he was defined by it because Jesus knew his identity, calling, and purpose from his Father — suffering messiah for the sins of the world. So Jesus withdrew himself to lonely place and prayed.
Controversies with religious leaders (17-39) —- The religious leaders questioned Jesus on his authority to forgive sin (17-26), his association with sinners (27-32), on fasting (33-39). Luke recorded all these episodes so that his readers knew who Jesus was, from the way Jesus revealed himself to religious leaders; the messiah to forgive sin and to heal the sick, to call for sinners, to fulfill the law, new wine in new wineskin (38). The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were like old wineskins. They could not expand their traditions, rules, and understanding to accommodate Jesus as their messiah. Jesus came not to abolish the law or the prophets but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17).
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Reflect on who Jesus Christ to you?
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.