King James Bible - New Testament The Gospel According to Luke
In the days of Herod there was a priest named Zechariah who had a wife named Elisabeth but she was barren. He pleaded with God and she bore a son named John who would serve God. Gabriel instructed them in this. Gabriel also went to Mary and told her that she would bear a child to be called Jesus. Mary and Elisabeth met and spoke of their coming births. They praised God and John was born.
Everyone had to return to the city of their family for the Census. Mary went to Bethlehem with Joseph, her husband, because he was of the house of David. There was no room in the inn so Joseph and Mary took shelter in a stable and the infant Jesus was placed in a manger. Angels told nearby shepherds of the birth and they came to the child's side. The Holy Spirit came to Simon and he came to see the child.
Jesus grew and when he was twelve he went with his parents to Jerusalem. He became separated from his parents but they found him in the temple talking with the priests.
In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, God came to John the Baptist and told him that the world was to be saved. John was to baptize men with water and give them new life. Herod shut John in prison. Jesus was about thirty when he went into the wilderness. The Devil tempted him with food while he was fasting. Jesus responded, " It is written that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God" Luke, 4:4. The devil tempted him to call angels to bring him down from the pinnacle of the Temple, but Jesus would not.
Jesus read the book of a prophet and knew his place: to minister to the people. He revealed himself to some and told the story of the prophet Elias who was not accepted by his own people. They cast Jesus out. Jesus exorcized a spirit from a stricken man. He healed Simon's mother and began to make a name for himself. Jesus went out on a ship with his disciples and told them to cast out their nets. They caught more fish than the ship could carry. Jesus prayed in the wilderness. When he returned he healed a cripple.
The Pharisees asked if it was easier to forgive sins or to heal. Jesus said he did not have the power to forgive sins. They criticized him for eating with unclean men. Jesus went into the cornfields and the disciples picked corn on the Sabbath. Jesus told them that David worked on the Sabbath. On another Sabbath he taught and asked whether it was lawful to save a life on the Sabbath.
He spoke to a multitude of men and chose his twelve disciples. He announced to the people that the poor would be blessed; men should love their enemies and always give more than is asked. He asked them if it was possible for the blind to lead the blind. They were to pull the beam out of their eye before the splinter in their brother's. A man who follows God is like a man who digs deep and builds his house upon rock. Jesus entered a city and healed the servant of a Centurion. He went into another city and raised a dead son for a woman. People began to speak of him widely. John the Baptist's disciples came to find him.
Jesus asked the people if there were anyone more holy than John the Baptist. He told them that the least in heaven is more holy than this. A woman anointed Jesus with oil and a Pharisee criticized Jesus for letting an unclean person touch him. Jesus said that a man had two debtors, one with substantially more debt than the other. Neither could pay. The man loved the debtor more whom he forgave more debt. In this way God loves more those who he forgives more. Jesus went and sent the devils out of Mary Magdalene. She began to follow him. He gave people the parable of the mustard seed. He sent devils from men into swine and the pigs stampeded into a river to drown themselves. He brought a dead girl back to life.
Jesus gathered his disciples to him and told them to minister to the world. A multitude gathered but they had no food. He separated five loaves and two fish and fed all of them. He revealed to the disciples that he would die. Two of them witnessed him speaking with Moses and Elias. A voice broke out from heaven and declared Jesus to be his son. Jesus told the disciples that a child would be the greatest among them. He repeated that he came not to destroy but to save. He appointed seventy others to go out and preach to the world. He sent them two by two. They were to be tolerant and rejoice in God.
A lawyer asked Jesus what he could do to inherit eternal life. Jesus said he should follow the law: love God and his neighbor. The lawyer asked who his neighbor was. Jesus gave a parable. A man was hurt by thieves. A priest and a Levite ignored him but a Samaritan took pity on him and helped him. Jesus said that the Samaritan was good. Every man is your neighbor.
Jesus gave the people the words of the Lord's Prayer:
"When ye pray, Say, Our father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven so in earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil." Luke, 11: 2-4
Men sought a sign from heaven from Jesus but Jesus would not humor them. He explained that anyone who was not with him was against him. He prophesied the end of the world as they knew it. A Pharisee asked him to dinner. Jesus told him to be wary of his judgments because the blood of the prophets was on their hands.
A great multitude gathered to hear Jesus and he spoke to them saying that the spirit was greater than the body. The lilies grow beautiful without work. God will clothe his people. They should seek him not money. Jesus said that fathers and sons would be divided because he has come as a new sign for men.
Jesus healed a woman in a synagogue. The priests told him that he should not heal on the Sabbath. Jesus responded that they were wrong. He warned the people that they would be punished for their wrongdoing and evil ways.
He went to the house of a Pharisee and healed a man. He told a parable of a wedding. All men are invited but only the servants came because everyone else had something to do. The master invited beggars and the poor to fill the party. This is the way of God. A man who loses one sheep delights in finding that one more than the rest of his flock. He told them that a man with two sons will rejoice when the lost one returns, even though this alienates the one who remains.
Jesus went to a village and told the people there that a man must be rejected by his peers to be a man of God. A judge helped a widow so she would stop annoying him but God will help his people because he loves them. Jesus said that he who exalts himself will suffer. All men should follow the commandments.
Jesus told his disciples that they were to enter Jerusalem and there he would suffer. He told of a rich man who went to a foreign country and left his servants in charge of his goods. When he returned his servants had increased his wealth. One did not increase his wealth. The man gave him more as a reward for not using his money sinfully.
Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey hailed as the King. He cast the moneychangers from the temple. He preached there and said that a man planted a vineyard and had another tend it. He sent for the fruit but his servant was beaten and sent back empty-handed. He sent his own son, but the vineyard-keeper killed him. What should the master do? He will destroy the vineyard keeper. In this way, God will destroy the evil leaders of men. The Pharisees feared the people after they heard this parable. Jesus warned the people to do the following:
" Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation." Luke 20:46-7
Jesus pointed to a poor widow who gave only a farthing and said that she gave more than the Rich man who gave much. He warned that nations would war and people would flee into the mountains in his name. He said that all was to fall away except God.
On the feast of the Passover Satan made Judas betray Jesus. The disciples made ready for the feast. Jesus took bread and told them to take it as his body. He passed around wine as his blood. He told them that one among them would betray him, and that Peter would deny him three times before dawn. They went to the Mount of Olives and prayed. Before dawn, Judas arrived with armed men and Jesus was taken away. Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times. Jesus was taken before Pilate, but Pilate found no fault in him. He sent him to Herod. Herod questioned him and the people mocked him. Pilate decided to release Jesus but the Priests and people called for him to be crucified. Pilate gave in to their wishes and Jesus was made to carry his own cross. A sign, in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, was placed above his head calling him the King of the Jews.
Joseph of Arimathea bought his body from Pilate. After the Sabbath they found the stone of his tomb rolled away. An angel sitting there told Mary Magdalene that Jesus had risen. The people went searching for him. He appeared to Simon and Thomas. Thomas did not believe until he touched Jesus' wounds. He told them to remember these things and spread the word.