At the 2013 Gospel Coalition Conference, John Piper exposited Luke, chapters one and two.
He outlined the chapters thematically, breaking them into four topics: God, Jesus, Salvation, and Faith.
- God. In Luke 1 & 2, we see God as the initiator of all that follows. God is the main actor. The Gospel according to Luke is thoroughly God besotted.
- Jesus. Luke 1:32-35 suggests this man will be more than just an ordinary man. His unique birth marks him as unique. Both Luke 1:43 and Luke 2:26 corroborate this uniqueness.
- Salvation. Luke 2:11 describes a Savior. This is key to understanding all that is unfolding.
- Faith. In these opening two chapters, we already see the proper response to this work of God in Christ: Faith (cf. Zechariah’s response to Mary’s). Luke 1:45 reminds us the blessing falls on she/he who believes.
And all of these themes are marked with Joy! When God comes, joy comes!
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of posts summarizing The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013 plenary sessions. I hope my shorthand will prove helpful to you.