One of the most memorable chapters in the entire Bible is undoubtedly Luke 15. Through three distinct yet connected vignettes, Luke records the masterful words of Christ that weave together an intricate portrait of the grace of his gospel. It is this third vista, that of the Prodigal Son, which most eloquently captures the redeeming grace of our Heavenly Father.
The story of Zacchaeus from Luke's Gospel remains ubiquitous in church settings mostly because of the quaint children's ditty that usually accompanies its retelling. The story of the "wee little man," however, is much more significant than we realize, shedding brilliant light on the power of grace and unilateral love — both of which our Savior embodies, for Zacchaeus and for us.
There is, perhaps, no better scene to identify who the church is for and what church should be about than the parable Jesus relays in Luke 18, that being the parable of “The Pharisee and the Publican.” In this short account, Christ plainly discloses the leveling nature of the gospel, in that it’s for sinners, because sinners are all that there are. The good news is for fakers and fugitives alike.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one of the most famous in all of Scripture. The account of these three young Hebrew hostages resolutely standing on behalf of the God they believed in and were sure of stands a testament to the power of faith and the gospel. Their story, though, takes on even greater meaning when you realize who it was that was in the fire with them.
A Christian’s vitality and victory in life is intimately tied to their relationship with the Word of God. Unfortunately, not only is the Bible being largely ignored by a large swath of so-called believers, perhaps even more dangerous is the trend of reading the Bible wrongly. With truncated and false views of what the Bible says and means, so is the spiritual life of the Christian stunted and flimsily built.