The first half of the Book of Luke

Ch. 1-9 explained (8 mins)

with illustrations - This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the first half of the Book of Luke.

The Overview of Luke

  • The Coming Lord

  • Jesus' Mission

  • Jesus' Mission to Jerusalem

  • Jesus' final days

Matthew 4:12-13, & 17-19


Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”


“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”

5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

The Authentication of Jesus’ Ministry

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy

— Luke 5:12-15

The Authentication of Jesus’ Ministry

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

— Luke 5:17-25

Jesus’ Ministry II - Challenging mindsets 5:33 – 6:11

The Calling of a Tax Collector (5:27-32)

Questions about Fasting (5:33-39)

Jesus’ Authority over the Sabbath 

  1. Plucking Grain (6:1-5)

  2. Healing a Man’s Hand (6:6-11)

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.

Simon (whom he named Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (who was called the zealot),
Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

The Principles

of Jesus’ Ministry: 

The Sermon on the Plain (6:17-49)

1. Blessings and Woes (6:17-26)

2. Love for Enemies (6:27-36)

3. Judging Others (6:37-42)

4. Two Kinds of Trees (6:43-45)

5. Two Kinds of Builders (6:46-49)

The Authority

of a miracle

Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 

Luke 7:7

The Compassion

of a miracle

When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. 

Luke 7:13


the  Baptist

I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!”

When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s way was right, for they had been baptized by John.

Luke 7:28-29


THE VOICE Translation  |  Luke 7:44-47

Jesus: Do you see this woman here? It’s kind of funny. I entered your home, and you didn’t provide a basin of water so I could wash the road dust from My feet. You didn’t give Me a customary kiss of greeting and welcome. You didn’t offer Me the common courtesy of providing oil to brighten My face. But this woman has wet My feet with her own tears and washed them with her own hair. She hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. And she has applied perfumed oil to My feet. 


This woman has been forgiven much, and she is showing much love. But the person who has shown little love shows how little forgiveness he has received.

The AlabasterJar

Jesus came to Reveal the Word of God

Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word." Luke 8:11

Parable of the Lamp

 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Luke 8:18

The True Family of Jesus

Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” Luke 8:21

The Identity of Jesus Progressively Revealed

Authority Over Nature

Calming of the Storm


Authority Over Demons

Healing of a Demoniac


Authority Over Sickness & Death

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman (8:40-56)

Jesus calms the Storm (Luke 8:22-25)

“Who is this man?”

They asked each other. “When he gives a command,

even the wind and waves obey him!”

Jesus convened a gathering of the twelve. He gave them power and authority to free people from all demonic spirits and to heal them of diseases. 2 He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3-5 These were His instructions:

  1. Travel light on your journey: don’t take a staff, backpack, bread, money, or even an extra change of clothes.


  3. When you enter a house, stay there until you leave that city.


  5. If a town rejects you, shake the dust from your feet as you leave as a witness against them.

6 The disciples left on their journeys from village to village. They preached the good news, and they healed the sick everywhere they went.

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