The Jesus of Luke Chapter 1

Cari amici:

You might have noticed, as I did, that there are some heavy God-proofs for Jesus in principio Evangelii secundum Lucam. In the beginning of the Gospel, that is, before He is even born. What are these heavy proofs?

Well, consider how many times God is called “the Lord” in the Old Testament. That title is simarly applied to Him fifteen times in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. Every time “the Lord” is used in those fifteen instances, we take it for granted that God is being referred to.

It is made clear that “the Lord” is Jesus. In fact, Jesus is directly called the “The Lord [Israel’s] God” in Gabriel’s prophecy to Zachary about John the Baptist. Observe the following, from Luke 1:16-17:

“And he [John] shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. And he shall go before Him…to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people.”

So we are told that John will go before the Lord God to prepare for Him a perfect people. This is incredibly reminiscent of Isaiah 40:3, “Prepare the way of the Lord”, which is later applied to Christ when John’s mission is described, so that Christ is the Lord to Whom the passage refers. By using common sense, we can also see that He is Israel’s Lord and God mentioned by Gabriel earlier.

And there is still more blatant evidence, and this comes from the mouth of Zachary, who prophesies regarding his infant son: “And you, child, will be called prophet of the Highest, for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways” (Luke 1:76). The “Highest” to Whom he refers is obviously Jesus. “Highest” or “Most High” is a title which can only be given to God.

And, shockingly enough, there is still more strong evidence for Christ’s Divinity in the early parts of this gospel. He will be called, says Gabriel, “Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32), and He will have a never-ending kingdom (Luke 1:33).

Finally, Elizabeth says to Mary, “How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43). Considering how often Lord means God, is it really likely that Elizabeth meant differently when she said this?

I fail to see why I’d have to go through the rest of Luke. Chapter 1 is affirmative enough.

God bless,

Michael

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