Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
August 24, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<460> Thesis: Identifying Jesus as "the Coming One" means that the "wiggle room" has been reduced to the maximum. Introduction: Immediately after Luke records Jesus saying, "I have not found such faith in all Israel", he records Israel's greatest prophet as a victim of the same blindness that created the massive ambivalence in Israel regarding Jesus. After having given a large body of evidence regarding His identity, Jesus asked His disciples: "Whom do men say that I am?" Matthew 16:14 records their answers: "John the Baptist (risen from the dead -- Mark 6:14)"; "Elijah" (Mark 9:11); "Jeremiah" or "One of the prophets". Few, if any, wanted to bite the bullet and go out on the limb where all of the evidence would take anyone who was willing to be led by it. Luke knew this. Even when Peter -- mouth in gear, mind in neutral -- claimed that Jesus was "the Christ" (Matthew 16:17), Jesus pointedly told him that his "clarity" on the issue was not a result of "revelation by flesh and blood". Luke knew this also. Even as Luke sifted through his research and made his decisions regarding what to record and what to omit, he fully understood that what he was writing to Theophilus was of such a nature that without full blown divine input his efforts would be a waste. But he put forth the effort anyway. That brings us to the issue before us in the text this morning: "Are You the Expected One, or do we look for another?" What is Luke's "take" on the significance of John's question?