The Gospel according to St. Luke
Luke writes his book to Theophilus, "One Who Loves God" or "Friend of God." The precise identity of Theophilus is unknown.
The angel Gabriel visits Zecharias in the Temple of the Lord. The angel proclaims that Elisabeth will bear a child named John.
tells Mary that she shall have a son Jesus. He shall be called the Son
of the Highest. He shall have the throne of David.
 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord.
John the Baptist was born. He lived in the desert.
Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to be taxed.
 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them
in the inn.
 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
and Mary take Jesus to the Temple for his circumcision. Simeon and Anna
give thanks unto the Lord and prophesy of his mission.
Joseph and Mary take Jesus to Jerusalem for the passover when he was twelve. Jesus converse with the doctors in the Temple.
John the Baptist preaches the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water;
but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not
worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with
 Whose fan is in his hand, and he
will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his
garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Jesus was baptized.
 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him,
and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in
thee I am well pleased.
John is imprisoned.
Jesus fasts for forty days. He is tempted by Satan.
Jesus announces his mission.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up
for to read.
 And there was delivered unto
him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he
found the place where it was written,
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat
down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened
 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which
proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
calls Peter, James and John to be fisher of men. The setting was the
Lake of Gennesaret, which is another name for the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus heals a leper and many others who had infirmities.
Jesus heals a man with palsy after forgiving his sins.
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi,
sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great
company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus compares himself to a bridegroom.
Jesus teaches that the "Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath."
Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the sabbath.
Jesus calls the twelve apostles.
Jesus heals many people who were from Jerusalem, Judea, Tyre and Sidon.
Jesus teaches the people the Golden Rule:
 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
See also Matthew 7:9-12.
Jesus heals the centurion's servant.
Were the centurion of Luke 7 and the centurion Cornelius of Acts 10 the same person?
Similarities: Each loved the Jews and gave financial support to them. Each loved the Lord.
The centurion in Luke 7 presumably lived in Capernaum, on the
north shore of the Sea of Galilee. But Cornelius was in Caesarea,
on the Mediterraneam coast.
He also raises a widow's son from the dead.
 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus,
saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us
unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues,
and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what
things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the
poor the gospel is preached.
Jesus cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene. See also Mark 16:9.
Jesus gives the parable of the sower.
Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his
disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of
the lake. And they launched forth.
 But as
they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the
lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and
they ceased, and there was a calm.
 And he
said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered,
saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth
even the winds and water, and they obey him.
Jesus raises Jarius' daughter from the dead.
Jesus sends the Twelve Apostles out to preach the gospel and heal the sick.
Jesus feeds the five thousand starting with only five loaves and two fishes.
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with
him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the
elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the
Jesus is transfigured on the mount, as witnessed by Peter, James, and John. Jesus talks with Moses and Elias.
And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus,
Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three
tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not
knowing what he said.
 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it
close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had
Jesus sends the seventy disciples to preach the gospel and heal the sick throughout the cities.
is no definitive, authoritative list of these disciples. There is some
speculations that Barnabas, Matthias, Luke, Mark, Silas, Cleophas, and
James "the Lord's brother" may have been among the seventy.
Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve Apostles.
Cleophas was one of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Jesus gives the parable of the Good Samaritan.
 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all
thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and
set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of
 And on the morrow when he departed,
he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him,
Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again,
I will repay thee.
 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Jesus gives the "Lord's Prayer." He also teaches:
 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Jesus condemns the Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyers.
Jesus teaches about riches.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a
man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he
 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required
of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye
shall put on.
 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have
storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better
than the fowls?
 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and
yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these.
 If then God so clothe the
grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the
oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus teaches "Except ye repent, ye shall perish."
He also teaches that disaster falls upon the just as well as the unjust.
Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath.
Jesus laments over Jerusalem.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them
that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children
together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would
 Behold, your house is left unto you
desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the
time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of
Jesus again heals a man on the Sabbath. He gives the parable of the great supper.
 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
The acceptance of the call to be a disciple demands readiness to accept persecution and suffering.
Jesus gives the parable of the lost sheep.
Jesus gives the parable of the prodigal son. The father showed mercy to his lost son when he returned.
 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put
it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Jesus gives the parable of the unjust steward. He then teaches
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men;
but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among
men is abomination in the sight of God.
Jesus heals ten lepers. Only one of them who was a Samaritan gives thanks and glory to Jesus.
The second coming shall be bright like lightning.
Jesus comes again, people will be living lives of wickedness similar to
the people who were in the days of Noah or those who were in Sodom.
Remember Lot's wife.
Jesus teaches about prayer and humility.
 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee,
that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or
even as this publican.
 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to
me a sinner.
 I tell you, this man went
down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
Jesus fortells his death and resurrection, but the disciples did not understand.
Jesus gives sight to a blind man who then follows Jesus and glorifies God.
Jesus said unto Zacchaeus, who was chief of the publicans at Jericho:
 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt.
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of
Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and
praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had
 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Jesus fortells the besieging of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.
He casts the moneychangers out of the temple. He teaches in the temple.
Jesus gives the parable of the wicked husbandmen who killed the vineyard owner's son.
Jesus answers the chief priests' question.
And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and
teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but
teachest the way of God truly:
 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.
 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.
Jesus give the story of the widow who cast in two mites into the treasury.
Jesus fortells the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus warns against false Christs.
Jesus warns that some of the disciples will be put to death.
Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
The Son of Man shall come in a colud with power and great glory.
Judas plans with the chief priests to betray Jesus.
Jesus sends Peter and John to find a room for the Passover or Feast of the Unleavened Bread.
 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them,
saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance
 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
The apostles will judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus prays at the Mount of Olives.
 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Peter denies Christ thrice.
Jesus declares that he is the Son of God.
Jesus is taken before Pilate.
The Jews demand that Pilate release Barabbas. Pilate agrees. Jesus is condemned to be crucified.
Simon, a Cyrean, bears Jesus' cross.
Jesus is crucifed at Calv ary between two "malefactors."
The Sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy
hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus' body in a tomb.
Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women
visit the garden tomb but find it empty. Two angel proclaim that Christ
Peter also visits the garden tomb.
Jesus appears to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. One of the disciples is Cleopas.
 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward
evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while
he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
 And he took it, and did eat before them.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
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