A 2015 Verse-by-Verse Life of Christ Reading Series from the Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Luke contains 24 chapters. There are 95 days between New Year’s Day, January 1, and Easter Monday, April 5, 2015. A reader may trace the live of Christ from birth to death and resurrection by reading a verse or two a day during this time. Brief life-of-Christ (LOC) notes are added to help the reader identify the transition from one period of the life of Christ to another.
New Year’s Holiday
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Luke 1:31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Prayer: God, our Father, thank you for giving us a savior, Jesus.
Thought for the day: The meaning of Jesus’ name is savior.
LOC note: The period of preparation is recorded in Luke 1:1 to Luke 3:18. This period includes the infancy of Jesus (Luke 1 – 2:39), the childhood of Jesus (Luke 2:40), the youth of Jesus (Luke 2:41-52), and the manhood of Jesus (Luke: 3:1-18)
Friday, January 2, 2015
Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most High will overshadowed you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Prayer: Jesus, you are holy, you are God’s Son.
Thought for the day: Paternity tests confirm whose blood is in child’s veins.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Prayer: O God, may we remember how saints of old said to you, “Yes.”
Thought for the day: God has a task for you today.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Luke 1:80 And the child [John] grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Prayer: Lord, may we hear the voice of your prophets in this generation.
Thought for the day: Even Herod respected the integrity of John the Baptist.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house of the line of David.
Prayer: Lord, help us to understand why we are here now.
Thought for the day: Everyone has a home town and a family tree.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Luke 2:11 “Today in the town of David a Savior as been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.”
Prayer: O God, you are the great giver. You gave your Son.
Thought for the day: Shepherds who had little or no money enjoyed a priceless, angelic chorus.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Luke 2:42: When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
Prayer: O Jesus, you had to go through the teen years to grow into adulthood. You do understand.
Thought for the day: Jesus knows our every weakness.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Luke 3:16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
Prayer: O God, how thrilling it is to live after the coming of the promised Messiah.
Thought for the day: The ancient prophets would gladly have traded places with us to know what we know through the gospels.
LOC note: The ministry of Jesus begins in Luke 3:19 and continues to Luke 19:28. This includes the preparation for ministry (Luke 3:19-4:30), the settled ministry that revolves around Galilee (Luke 4:31-9:17), the specialized ministry (Luke 9:18-51), and the concluding ministry that will lead Jesus back to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51 – 19:28).
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Luke 3:21,22 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Prayer: O God, we give thanks that Jesus himself gave us the sacrament of baptism.
Thought for the day: Jesus asked to be baptized by John.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Luke 3:21, 22 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the Father in Heaven bore witness to your divinity
Thought for the day: Jesus was God, and Jesus was man. He was the Son of Man.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Luke 3:23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you answered one calling and chose one career; and that was the calling to be our Savior.
Thought for the day: In the prime of his life Jesus gave all his life to save us.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert.
Prayer: Our Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Thought for the day: Yes, Jesus was tempted, and No, he did not sin.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
Prayer: O Jesus, in time of weakness may we find our strength in your unbroken and holy spirit.
Thought for the day: Jesus never had to hide from God as Adam did long ago.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
Prayer: Jesus, may we share the good news with those poor in spirit and in fact.
Thought for the day: Jesus inaugurated the year of Jubilee.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Luke 4:36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”
Prayer: O Jesus, may you today cast out those evil world-spirits troubling our homes and communities.
Thought for the day: If invited, good or bad spirits will give a RSVP.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Luke 5:9-10 For [Peter] and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Prayer: O Jesus, when they saw the fish they believed. May we open our eyes to your miracles today.
Thought for the day: It is never a waste of time to fish at Jesus’ command.