We are about to undertake a new journey – a journey to Jerusalem, following the most influential person that ever lived, as we jump back into the Gospel of Luke.
Over the last couple of years, we have returned to Luke a few times, working our way from the beginning up to the middle of chapter 9. We have called our series in Luke ‘A Certain Person’, because Luke focuses us on this certain person – Jesus Christ. He wants to give us certainty about the core facts of Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection – and what those things mean for us. He can offer us this certainty because he has thoroughly investigated it all, and his account depends on the testimony of eyewitnesses (Luke 1:2-3).
As we reach the middle of chapter 9, there is a turning point in the story as Jesus is seen for who he truly is. He then sets out towards Jerusalem, literally ‘sets his face’ toward the famous Holy City. And then, for the next ten chapters, we follow him on a journey there. It is a certain journey, because he is determined to go to this particular place, certain in his intentions as he goes. Along the way there is much for us to learn from him about who can follow him, about what it means for our lives if we follow him. And about why we would want to follow him!
In the next 12 weeks or so, we will travel with Jesus for about the first half of this certain journey (up o the end of chapter 13).
It will be a great journey, full of challenge and inspiration for life. We would love to have you with us on this journey on Sunday mornings.