Who is this Man?

EasyEnglish questions (2800 word vocabulary) on Lukeís Gospel

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Barbara Graham

Revised by Roland Morriss

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.

An *angel tells Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus Luke 1:26-38

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God wanted to speak to people. He sent someone with a special message for the girl who would be the mother of Jesus. We will find out what the promises in this special message were.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand his wonderful message to Mary.

Read: Luke 1:26-38

1:26 Who sent the *angel to Nazareth? What was the *angelís name? To whom did the *angel give the message?

1:28 How did Gabriel greet Mary?

1:29 How did Mary feel when she first heard the greeting?

1:31 What did the *angel say should happen to Mary? What name should Mary give her son?

1:33 What kind of king is Jesus?

1:35 How would Mary have a baby if she had not slept with a husband?

1:36 Who else was going to have a baby?

1:38 How did Mary answer the message from God?

Final remarks

God loves everybody and he wants to forgive our *sins. He wanted the whole world to know that. So, he sent his Son Jesus. God chose an ordinary woman who loved him to be Jesusí mother. He promised to be with her. He also said that nothing was too difficult for him. We too can know Godís love and power. He is with us if we trust him. But we must obey him when he speaks to us.

Pray

*Lord God, thank you that you sent your Son. You are with me. So, nothing that you ask me to do is too hard. Help me to believe this. *Amen.

The birth of Jesus Luke 2:1-20

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These verses tell us where Jesus was born. And they tell us why he was born there.

Pray

Ask God to show you new things as you study today.

Read: Luke 2:1-20

2:1 What was the name of the *Roman *emperor at the time when Jesus was born?

2:2 Why did everyone go to the town where they were born?

2:4 Where did Joseph go to register?

2:5 Who did Joseph take with him to register in Bethlehem town?

2:7 What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem? Why did Mary lay Jesus in an open box?

2:8 What were the *shepherds doing that night?

2:9 Who did the *shepherds see? How did the *shepherds feel when they saw and heard the *angel?

2:10 What sort of news did the *angel give to the *shepherds?

2:11 Who did the *angel say that Jesus was?

2:13 What was the sign the *angel gave to the *shepherds? Who did the *shepherds see with the *angel?

2:16 What did all the *angels sing? What did the *shepherds do after all the *angels had left?

2:17 What did the *shepherds do after they had seen Jesus in the open box?

2:18 What did the people do when the *shepherds told them about Jesus?

2:19 What did Mary do after that?

2:20 Why did the *shepherds praise God?

Final remarks

Jesus was born in the same way that all other babies are born. But special things happened afterwards. An *angel told a few *shepherds who then went to see the new baby. After they had seen him, they spoke to a lot of people. They told them what they had seen and heard. Jesus was more than an ordinary baby.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, everything that the *angel said about you was true. And I believe that everything in the Bible about you is true. Help me to tell other people about you as the *shepherds did. *Amen.

Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the *temple Luke 2:21‑40

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Joseph and Mary obeyed the laws of the *Jews' religion. When they took Jesus to the *temple, a priest *circumcised him. And he gave him a name. While they were there, they met two people. Those people were both expecting Jesus to come. After that, Josephís family went to a different town where Jesus grew up to be a man.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you read.

Read: Luke 2:21-40

2:21 On which day did the priest *circumcise Jesus? Who first gave Jesus his name?

2:22 Where was the *Temple?

2:24 What gift did Joseph and Mary offer to God?

2:25 What was the name of the man that they met in the *Temple?

2:26 What had the *Holy Spirit told Simeon?

2:27 Who guided Simeon to the *temple at the same time as Jesus?

2:28 What did Simeon do when he first saw Jesus?

2:32 What would Jesus be for the *Gentiles? What would Jesus bring to the *Jewish people?

2:35 What sad thing would happen to Mary?

2:36 What was the name of the lady who spoke Godís message?

2:37 What did Anna do all the time?

2:38 What did Anna do when she saw Mary, Joseph and Jesus?

2:39 Where did Joseph, Mary and Jesus go to live afterwards?

2:40 What was Jesus like as he grew up in Nazareth?

Final remarks

Joseph and Mary loved God and they wanted to obey his laws. They knew that they had to take care of his son Jesus. And they knew that they should do everything that they could for him. Some people recognised who Jesus was. They recognized him even when he was a baby. They gave him honour as Godís son.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, I too want to *worship you. Help me to know you more. And help me to obey you even as Mary and Joseph did. *Amen.

The boy Jesus in the *temple Luke 2:41-52

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Jesus grew up in Nazareth town with Joseph and Mary. From the start, they knew that he was somebody special. But they obeyed the *Jewish law and so they went to Jerusalem every year. Jesus first went when he was 12. He did something that surprised everybody. Even when Mary and Joseph did not seem to understand, Jesus continued to obey them.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand how Jesus behaved as a boy.

Read: Luke 2:41-52

2:41 Why did Mary and Joseph go up to Jerusalem each year?

2:42 How old was Jesus when he first went to Jerusalem?

2:43 What did Jesus do when the *Feast was over?

2:44 Where did Mary and Joseph think that Jesus was?

2:45 They found that Jesus was not with the group. What did they do then?

2:46 How long did it take them to find Jesus? Where was Jesus? What was Jesus doing in the *Temple?

2:47 What did people think about Jesusí questions?

2:48 What did Mary say to Jesus?

2:49 How did Jesus describe the *Temple?

2:51 Jesusí human parents did not really understand who he was. But how did Jesus behave afterwards towards them?

2:52 In what ways did Jesus grow?

Final remarks

Jesus loved Mary and Joseph and he obeyed them. Everyone admired him. We have just read about one time when he surprised Mary and Joseph. It was difficult for them to understand that Jesus was Godís son.

Pray

*Lord, help me to be like Jesus. Help me to love people and to obey you. I want to serve God too. *Amen.

John the *Baptist and Jesus Luke 3:1-22

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In this passage we read how John the *Baptist spoke a message from God. He spoke to the people who came to listen to him. He also *baptised them. This was a sign that they wanted to stop doing bad things. We also read how Jesus came for John to *baptise him. And we read about something special that happened after that.

Pray

Ask God to show you new things today as you study.

Read: Luke 3:1-22

3:1 Who was *emperor when John began to tell the good news? Who was ruler of Judea?

3:2 Who were the high priests at that time? Who was Johnís father?

3:3 What did people have to do before John *baptised them?

3:4 When John started speaking, whose *prophecy came true? What was the voice calling about?

3:6 What will every human being see?

3:8 What did John call the people who came out for *baptism?

3:9 What will happen to those who do not do good things?

3:11-14 What examples did John give of good actions?

3:15 What were the people thinking about John?

3:16 With what would the Christ *baptise people when he came?

3:19 Who did John say had done wrong?

3:20 What happened to John the *Baptist at the end?

3:21 Who did John *baptise with the other people?

3:22 Who descended like a bird called a dove on Jesus? Who spoke from heaven? What did the voice call Jesus? Who was pleased with Jesus?

Final remarks

John came and told people to change their way of life. They should be ready for Jesus. And they should listen to what he would say to them. God wants us to obey him in what we say and do. John was not afraid to tell people if they were doing wrong. When John *baptised Jesus, the Father spoke to Jesus. He said that he was pleased with him. Then the *Holy Spirit came down on Jesus like a bird called a dove. All three members of the *Trinity were there.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for me. Your Father and the *Holy Spirit encouraged you before you went into the desert. I am so glad about that. *Amen.

The devil tempts Jesus Luke 4:1-13

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The devil tried to make Jesus do wrong things. But Jesus never gave in and he did not stop obeying God. We find out how to stop the devil from making us do wrong things.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you are reading. Then you can learn more about Jesus.

Read: Luke 4:1-13

4:1 Who filled Jesus when he returned from the Jordan River? Where did the *Holy Spirit lead Jesus?

4:2 Why did the *Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the desert? How long was Jesus in the desert without food?

4:3 What was the first wrong thing that the devil tried to make Jesus do?

4:4 How did Jesus answer the devil?

4:5 What did the devil show Jesus when the devil came to him for the second time?

4:6 What did the devil offer Jesus?

4:7 What did Jesus have to do to gain all the *kingdoms of the world?

4:8 Who did Jesus say that we should *worship? Should we *worship and serve anyone or anything else?

4:9 Where did the devil lead Jesus when the devil tried to make him do wrong the third time? What doubt did the devil suggest to Jesus about himself?

4:10, 11 What truth about God was the devil trying to make Jesus test? Why do you think that the devil said words that are from the Bible?

4:12 How did Jesus answer the devil this third time?

4:13 Did the devil tempt Jesus again?

Final remarks

Jesus had not eaten for 40 days and so he was hungry. Then the devil came to him. But Jesus still had the strength not to give in to the devil. Jesus was filled with the *Holy Spirit. And he knew what God had said in the *Old Testament. The same is true for us. We need to be full every day with the Spirit of God. And we need to know what God says in the Bible. Then we too can avoid doing wrong things.

Pray

*Lord, we too know that it is wrong to *worship and serve other gods. Please give us the strength to oppose the devil and to serve only you. *Amen.

Jesus begins his public service Luke 4:31-42

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When Jesus began to tell the good news, he healed people. And he removed devils from people. He also told his friends the main reason why he came into the world.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you read.

Read: Luke 4:31-42

4:31 On what day did Jesus begin to teach?

4:32 What was so different about what Jesus taught?

4:33 Where was the man that a *demon controlled?

4:34 What did the *demon fear that Jesus would do to it? Who did the *demon say that Jesus was?

4:35 What two things did Jesus tell the *demon to do? What happened to the man that the *demon had controlled?

4:36 What did the people do after Jesus had removed the *demon from the man?

4:38 Whose home did Jesus visit? Who was sick in Simonís house?

4:39 How did Jesus heal Simonís wifeís mother? What did the woman do after Jesus healed her?

4:40 What happened as the sun was setting? Did Jesus heal the sick people or did he take no notice of them?

4:41 What did the *demons know about Jesus?

4:42 Where did Jesus go when day came? What did the people want to do about Jesus?

4:43 Why did God send Jesus into this world?

4:44 Where did Jesus *preach in all parts of the country?

Final remarks

Jesus was always willing to heal people when they were sick. Even the *demons had to obey him. They knew that Jesus was the Son of God. But Jesus knew what God his Father wanted him first to tell the people. God wanted him to tell them the good news about Godís rule. So he obeyed God.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, thank you that you can heal me when I am sick. Help me to tell the good news about you wherever I go. *Amen.

Jesus calls the first *disciples to follow him Luke 5:1-11

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Jesus wanted to call some men to follow him all the time. Today he calls some people to leave their jobs and to do a special thing for him. *Miracles help us to see who Jesus is. And they help us to obey him.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand. And ask him to help you to learn from what you study.

Read: Luke 5:1-11

5:1 What were people doing who were with Jesus?

5:2 What were the fishermen (men who catch fish) doing near the lake?

5:3 Whose boat did Jesus get into? What did Jesus do when he was in the boat?

5:4 What did Jesus tell Simon to do when Jesus had finished teaching the people?

5:5 Why did this seem strange to Simon? Simon thought that it was a strange thing to do. But did he obey Jesus? What happened when Simon obeyed Jesus?

5:7 They caught many fish. Who helped Simon with the fish?

5:8 What did Simon say when he saw this *miracle?

5:9 What did everyone else feel when they saw the *miracle?

5:10 Who were fishing with Simon? What promise did Jesus give to Simon if he was willing to follow him?

5:11 What did the men who were fishing do then?

Final remarks

Simon and his friends saw a great *miracle. And Simon suddenly realised that Jesus was more than a man. Simon knew that he had done wrong things. And he knew that he did not deserve to be with Jesus. But Jesus told him to come and follow him. Jesus knew that Peter could become useful to him.

Pray

Jesus, I know that you can do *miracles. And I know that I do wrong things like Simon. Please forgive me and use me. *Amen.

Jesus teaches about who can forgive wrong actions
Luke 5:12-26

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Jesus could heal people. He also showed that God could forgive wrong actions. He understood what people were thinking. He understood it even when they did not tell him.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 5:12-26

5:12 What did the man with the nasty skin disease call Jesus?

5:13 Was Jesus willing to touch this man? What happened to the man when Jesus gave the command, ĎBe cleaní?

5:14 Where did Jesus tell the man to go after he healed him? What did this man have to do when he got there?

5:15 What happened when the crowds heard about the *miracle?

5:17 What did Jesus do when he went to the lonely places? From where did Jesus get the power to heal?

5:18 The man who could not walk had some friends. What did they do with him when they could not reach Jesus?

5:20 What did Jesus admire most about these men? What did Jesus call the man? What did Jesus say to the man then?

5:21 What did the *Pharisees and teachers think about Jesus?

5:22 What did Jesus know about these people and about all men and women?

5:23 What question did Jesus ask?

5:24 What proof did Jesus give to show that he had authority to forgive *sins?

5:25 What did the man do when Jesus told him to get up and to go home?

5:26 What did everyone else do when they saw this *miracle?

Final remarks

Jesus knows what we are thinking. He also wants to help us and to forgive our *sins. Jesus can forgive *sins. Therefore he must be God because only God can forgive *sins.

Pray

Father God, I thank you for all that you do for me. You forgive my *sin and you make me whole. I praise you today because you are such a strong and loving god. I praise you because you are also my friend. *Amen.

Jesus calls the *tax-collector, Matthew (Levi) Luke 5:27‑32

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In Jesusí time, *tax-collectors took more money from people than they needed to. They became rich and so people hated them. When Jesus met a *tax-collector, the manís way of life changed completely. But other people were not pleased about this.

Pray

Ask God to teach you from todayís study.

Read: Luke 5:27-32

5:27 Who was sitting in the tax office? What did Jesus say to him?

5:28 What did Levi do when Jesus asked Levi to follow him?

5:29 What did Levi do for his friends?

5:30 Who did not like what Jesus did? What did they say that Jesus was doing wrong? To whom did they speak?

5:31 Who needs a doctor?

5:32 Whose lives did Jesus come to change?

Final remarks

Jesus was glad when people changed their behaviour. He was glad when they shared their joy with other people. He wanted everybody to change their behaviour. He wanted everybody to allow him to forgive them. Levi had told his friends about Jesus and he wanted them to know Jesus. We too can tell other people about what we have found in Jesus. But some people think a lot about themselves. People like that do not understand what we are doing for Jesus. Jesus shows his love to us even when we have done a lot of wrong things. He wants us to change our attitude and behaviour. And he wants us to follow him.

Pray

*Lord, how I thank you that you have forgiven my many *sins. Help me never to speak against the way that other people serve you. Help me to pray for them instead. *Amen.

Some important things that Jesus taught Luke 6:17-36

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Jesus taught people how we should behave towards our friends and our enemies. He said who would be happy. And he said who would not be happy. God is kind. But, in the end, he will punish those who do not listen to him.

Pray

Ask God to help you to do in your own life what Jesus taught.

Read: Luke 6:17-36

6:17 People came to listen to Jesus. Where did they come from?

6:18 Why did the people come?

6:19 Why did the people want to touch Jesus?

6:20 Who was Jesus teaching? Why should the poor people be happy?

6:21 Why should those who are hungry be happy? Why should those who weep be happy?

6:23 Some people will have enemies because they follow Jesus. Why should those people be happy?

6:24 What will happen to the rich people?

6:25 What will happen to those who have a lot to eat? What will happen to those who laugh now?

6:26 What will happen to those about whom people speak well?

6:27 How should the followers of Jesus behave towards their enemies?

6:28 What should Christians do to those who do bad things to them?

6:29 What should Christians do if someone is unkind to them?

6:30 Should Christians be generous?

6:31 How should Christians behave towards any other person?

6:35 How should Christians behave towards their enemies? What happens when Christians obey this difficult command?

6:36 Why should the followers of Jesus be kind?

Final remarks

Jesus taught his friends how to behave towards everyone, even their enemies. He said that we could be happy even in difficult times. God is kind and he wants us to be kind towards other people. But it is important to remember that God is our judge.

Pray

Father, I want to follow Jesus. I know that it is not an easy thing. Help me to live as he wants me to live. Help me to be kind to other people as you have been kind to me. *Amen.

Trust and *miracles Luke 7:1-17

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Jesus cares about us when we suffer. And he cares about us when we are sick. He understands when we are sad. He did his *miracles under Godís authority. When we trust him, we can have his help.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 7:1-17

7:1 Where did the officer live?

7:2 Who was sick?

7:4 What did the officer do when he heard about Jesus?

7:5 Why did the *Jewish leaders think that Jesus could help the officerís servant?

7:6, 7 How did the officer feel about himself?

7:8 What job did the officer have? What did his soldiers and servants do when the officer ordered them to do something?

7:9 What did the officer believe that Jesus could do? What pleased Jesus about the officer?

7:10 What happened because the officer believed in Jesus?

7:11 Where did Jesus travel to after he left Capernaum town? Who went with Jesus?

7:12 What did Jesus see as he got near to the gate of the city? What relation was the dead man to the widow?

7:13 How did Jesus feel when he saw the widow?

7:14 What did Jesus do to the structure on which the young man lay? What did Jesus say to the dead man?

7:15 What did the dead man do when Jesus spoke to him?

7:16 What did the crowd do after they had seen this *miracle? What did the people think when they saw the power of Jesus?

7:17 What happened after this *miracle?

Final remarks

Jesus does understand when we are sad. If we believe in him, he can help us. The officer believed that Jesus had authority to heal. This was because he believed that Jesus was God. Do you believe that Jesus is God? Do you believe that he has authority over your life? Jesus can do *miracles today if we trust and obey him. Praise him!

Pray

Thank you Jesus that you care for me. You care for me when things are difficult. I want you to have authority over my life. So please help me to have more and more trust in you. *Amen.

At the house of Simon the *Pharisee Luke 7:36-50

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Jesus came to help people who know that they have done wrong. In this passage, we read about that. Jesus also came to show people how God can forgive their *sin. But some people are too proud to agree that they have a need. Even Jesus cannot help people who are like that.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand and to learn from todayís study.

Read: Luke 7:36-50

7:37 What did the woman who lived a wicked life bring to Jesus?

7:38 What did she do as she stood behind him? What did the woman do to the feet of Jesus?

7:39 What did the *Pharisee say to himself when he saw the woman?

7:40 Did Jesus know what Simon the *Pharisee was thinking?

7:41 How much money did each of the two men owe to the man who gave loans?

7:42 How much money could the men pay the man who lent them money? What did the man who lent money do for the two men?

7:43 Who loved this man more?

7:44-46 What had Simon not done for Jesus? What did the woman do for Jesus?

7:47 What did Jesus do for the woman? How do people feel if somebody has not *forgiven them much?

7:48, 49 Jesus told the woman that God had *forgiven her *sin. What did the other guests say then?

7:50 What did Jesus say had saved her? What did Jesus do for the woman as well as to forgive her wrong deeds?

Final remarks

Jesus wants us to love him. When God forgives those who have done wrong things, they should love him more. They know now how much he loves them. That is why they should love him. When we trust him, he forgives us. And he causes us to have peace.

Pray

Thank you Jesus that you love me. Thank you that you forgive my *sins. I love you and I want to love you more and more. Help me to tell other people about your great love for them too. *Amen.

The story about the sower and what it means Luke 8:1‑15

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In this passage, we read that Jesus taught people by stories. But he explained this one to his followers. From this story we discover what stops people from hearing Godís message. And we discover what we need to do to become useful Christians.

Pray

Ask God to help you from todayís study.

Read: Luke 8:1-15

8:1-3 To whom did Jesus tell the story about the Sower?

8:2 What had Jesus freed Mary Magdalene from?

8:3 Who were the two other women who were there? What were all these women doing for Jesus?

8:5 What was the farmer sowing? What happened to the seed that fell on the path?

8:6 What happened to the seed that fell on the stony ground?

8:7 What happened to the seed that fell among the weeds?

8:8 What happened to the seed that fell on the good soil?

8:10 To whom does God give the secrets of his *Kingdom?

8:11 What meaning does the seed have?

8:12 Who takes away the message from those who are like the seed on the path? What happens to those from whom the devil takes the message?

8:13 Who are those who stop believing in a time of difficulty?

8:14 What happens to those who are more interested in pleasure and money than in Godís message?

8:15 What happens to those who are sincere and obey God?

Final remarks

Jesus spent much of his time teaching his followers about the *Kingdom of God. People behaved in different ways as they listened to Jesus. He knew that not everyone would believe. And not everyone would continue to follow him. He also knew that those who did believe would receive Godís *blessing in the *kingdom. We should keep reading and listening to Godís word when we are in trouble. We also need to make sure that we do not trust in money or pleasure. We need to stand firm against the devil if he tries to turn us away from God.

Pray

Father, help me to continue to trust in you when things are difficult. I want to be as useful for you as possible. Help me, *Lord, to study and to understand your word. *Amen.

A storm on the water and a lot of worry! Luke 8:22-25

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Jesus performed many *miracles of healing, but not many *miracles were connected with nature. His followers were slow to realise that Jesus had power over the forces of nature. We should be ready to learn from the way that God works in our lives.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from what you study.

Read: Luke 8:22-25

8:22 Whom did Jesus take with him into the boat? Where did Jesus say that they would all sail to?

8:23 What did Jesus do as they sailed across the lake? What happened while Jesus was asleep?

8:24 The *disciples realised that they were in danger of drowning. What did they do then? What did Jesus do when they woke him up?

8:25 Whom did Jesus speak to after he spoke to the storm? What should the *disciples have done when they were afraid? The storm suddenly stopped. How did the *disciples feel when they saw that? Why did they ask, ĎWho is this man?í?

Final remarks

Jesus did not worry even in the storm. He had already told the *disciples that they would reach the other side. They were in great danger. It was difficult for them to believe that he could take care of them then. Only God can control the weather. So the *disciples had to realise that Jesus is God. He wants us all to be free from worry when we have difficulties.

Pray

Dear Jesus, please help me to trust you when things frighten me. I need to be free from worry. *Amen.

Jesus heals the man whom a *demon was controlling Luke 8:26-39

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In this passage we read that Jesus had power over *demons. And we read about the effect of this on other people.

Pray

Ask God to protect you by his power as you work through this study. Ask him to teach you what will help you in the future.

Read: Luke 8:26-39

8:26 Where did Jesus and his *disciples sail to?

8:27 Who met Jesus when he stepped from the boat to the land? How did the man whom a *demon was controlling live?

8:28 What did he do when he saw Jesus? Who did the *demons say that Jesus was?

8:29 What did Jesus do to the *demons? What did the *demons do to the man?

8:30 What did Jesus ask the man?

8:31 What did the *demons ask Jesus not to do?

8:32 Where did Jesus send the *demons?

8:33 What happened to the pigs?

8:34 What did the men do who were looking after the pigs?

8:34, 35 Why did all the people come out to see Jesus?

8:37 What did the people in that area say to Jesus?

8:38 What did man whom Jesus healed want to do?

8:39 What did Jesus tell the man to do? How did the man show that he was grateful to Jesus?

Final remarks

Jesus can deal with *demons in the lives of those who come to him to ask for his help. But not everybody loves Jesus. And not everybody understands who he is. Someone must go to tell those who do not know him. The man whom Jesus healed went back. He went back because Jesus told him to do so. But he would have preferred to stay with Jesus and with Jesusí friends.

Pray

Help me, Jesus, to obey your commands, even when I do not want to do it. *Amen.

Jesus changes the lives of two sad people Luke 8:40-56

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We need to trust God before we can receive his help. This story shows us that. Jesus cares about our problems. So, we do not need to be afraid when we come to him.

Pray

Ask Jesus to help you to learn how to trust him more.

Read: Luke 8:40-56

8:41 Who came to Jesus when he got back to Capernaum town? What did Jairus do for the *Jews?

8:42 Why did Jairus ask Jesus to go to Jairusís home? How old was Jairusís daughter? What was the crowd almost doing to Jesus?

8:43, 44 Who came behind Jesus in the crowd?

8:43 What was wrong with the woman? How long had she been ill?

8:44 What did the sick woman do when she came behind Jesus?

8:45 What did Jesus ask the crowd? How did Peter answer the question that Jesus asked?

8:46 What happened to Jesus when he healed the woman?

8:47 Jesus asked who had touched him. What did the woman do then? What did the woman tell Jesus?

8:48 What reason did Jesus give for the fact that she was not ill now? What else did Jesus do for her?

8:49 While all this was happening, what awful news did Jairus receive from home?

8:50 What did Jesus say to Jairus when he heard the news?

8:51 Who went into the house with Jesus to see the girl?

8:52 What did Jesus say to the people who were crying noisily outside?

8:53 How did they answer Jesus?

8:55 What happened when Jesus told the girl to get up?

8:55, 56 What two things did Jesus tell her parents to do?

8:56 How did the parents feel when they saw the girl get up? What did Jesus tell the parents not to do?

Final remarks

People behave in many different ways when they hear Jesus. Some believe like Jairus and the sick woman. Some people laugh at Jesus and at his followers. Jesus certainly knows what is in our hearts. And he knows whether we have trust in him. When we trust him and obey him, he answers our prayers. He can cause us to be calm even when we are afraid. And that is wonderful. Thank him!

Pray

Jesus, help me to be free from worry even when I am sick. Thank you that you love me. And thank you that you care about my needs. Help me to trust you even when I have a serious illness. Help me too when those that I love are sick. *Amen.

Jesus feeds 5000 men Luke 9:10-17

About the next group of questions

Jesus cares about our daily needs. It matters to him if we are hungry or tired. He can make something special out of the small things that we give to him.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from what you study today.

Read: Luke 9:10-17

9:10 Where did Jesus and his followers go?

9:11 The crowds heard that Jesus was in Bethsaida town. What did they do when they heard that? How did Jesus behave towards the crowds? What did he do among them?

9:12 When did the *disciples come to Jesus? What did the *disciples want Jesus to do with the people?

9:13 How did Jesus reply to the *disciples? How much food did the *disciples bring to Jesus?

9:14 How many men were there who needed food? How did Jesus want the people to sit?

9:16 What did Jesus do with the food when the people had sat down?

9:17 The *disciples obeyed Jesus and gave the food out to the people. What happened then? How much good food was left over? How did the people feel after they had eaten?

Final remarks

Jesus really can do all kinds of *miracles. He can provide for all sorts of needs if we trust him. We must bring what we have to Jesus. And we must give ourselves to him. Then he can use us greatly for his honour.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, you give me everything that I need. Thank you for that. Take me and use me. *Amen.

Three *disciples see the change in how Jesus looked Luke 9:28-36

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In this story Jesus, especially chose three followers. They saw the change in how Jesus looked. That helped them to understand who he was. They also saw two people from the *Old Testament. The two people were talking to Jesus about what would happen to him in Jerusalem.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn important truths as you study today.

Read: Luke 9:28-36

9:28 Whom did Jesus take with him up a mountain when he went to pray?

9:29 What happened to Jesus as he was praying?

9:30 Who came and talked with Jesus as he prayed?

9:31 What were Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus about?

9:32 What did Peter and his companions see when they awoke?

9:33 What did Peter want to do as the two men were leaving?

9:34 What happened as Peter was speaking?

9:35 Who spoke out of the cloud? To whom should the *disciples listen?

9:36 What happened after the voice had spoken? Did the *disciples tell other people about what they had seen?

Final remarks

The voice told the *disciples that Jesus was the Son of God. And what they saw helped them to believe. Moses and Elijah were from *Old Testament times. And in the *Old Testament we read that Jesus would die. This should have given them strength when Jesus did die at the right time. We need to believe that God can help us. He can help us even when things are difficult.

Pray

Help me, *Lord always to listen to Jesus. And help me to obey him. Help me to trust your word. *Amen.

Jesus heals a boy whom a *demon controlled Luke 9:37-45

About the next group of questions

We have already learnt that Jesus has power over *demons. Here is another story that shows the same thing. He wants us to believe in him. And is disappointed when we do not believe.

Pray

Ask God to protect you as you study about the power of *demons.

Read: Luke 9:37-45

9:37 Where were Jesus and his *disciples coming from? Who met Jesus?

9:38 Who called out to Jesus from the crowd?

9:38, 39 What was the manís greatest problem?

9:39 What did the *demon do to the boy?

9:40 Could the *disciples send the spirit out of the boy?

9:41 Why was Jesus disappointed with everyone?

9:42 What happened as they were bringing the boy to Jesus? What did Jesus do next?

9:43 What did the people think when they saw this *miracle?

9:44 What did Jesus tell the *disciples about the future?

9:45 Did they understand what Jesus was saying to them? They were afraid to ask Jesus what he meant. Why do you think that they were afraid to ask him?

Final remarks

Jesus does have the power to send *demons away. The *disciples could not do it because they did not trust Jesusí power. Their lack of trust hurt Jesus. He began to teach them that he would die. But they could not understand this. He must have felt lonely at times like these. He understands when we feel lonely.

Pray

Jesus, help me to trust you more. And help me to understand who you are. I need you to forgive me. And I need you to give me power over any evil thing in my life. Help me to give you honour. *Amen.

Who will be the greatest? Luke 9:46-48

About the next group of questions

We need to know whom Jesus thinks are important people. And we need to know what he thinks about pride.

Pray

Ask God to show you whether you are proud. And ask him to help you as you study this short lesson.

Read: Luke 9:46-48

9:46 What were the *disciples arguing about?

9:47 Why did Jesus place the child by him? Why do you think that Jesus likes children?

9:48 Whom do we really receive into our lives when we receive a child in the name of Jesus? Whom do we really receive into our lives when we receive Jesus? Who really is the greatest? What does this teach us about wanting honour for ourselves?

Final remarks

Jesus knows what we are thinking. This can frighten us if we are proud. He knows when we want to do good. And he understands how we feel. He teaches us that we should be humble and not proud. Children are important to him and so we should be good to them.

Pray

Jesus, help me to be humble. And help me not to think that I am better than other people are. Help me to respect everyone, including little children. *Amen.

Jesus sends out the 70 *disciples Luke 10:1-12

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God wants all people to know about him. And he uses ordinary people to tell them. The *disciples were going to tell people Godís message. In this passage, we read about how the *disciples should behave.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from what you study.

Read: Luke 10:1-12

10:1 How many *disciples did Jesus send out to tell the good news and to heal? How many *disciples went together?

10:2 What was the harvest like? How many workers are there? Who can send out more workers?

10:3 How should the Christian workers behave?

10:4 What things must the workers not take with them?

10:5 What greeting should the workers give to those who received them?

10:7 Why should Christian workers accept an invitation to stay with those whom they have come to serve?

10:8, 9 What should the workers do for those who welcomed them?

10:9 What special message should the workers give to those who welcomed them?

10:11, 12 What should the workers say to those who did not welcome them?

Final remarks

God wants to reward all his workers. He can supply all their personal needs when they serve him and other people. He wants people to receive his message of good news. But he will consider guilty those who do not receive his message or his servants. God is *holy.

Pray

*Lord, help me to serve you. Help me to tell other people about you. Help me to serve other people. *Amen.

Joy as we serve Jesus Luke 10:16-20

About the next group of questions

We can be happy as we serve God. We read about that in this passage. We also discover how to be safe from evil power and from *Satan.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you read today. And ask him to protect you from everything that is evil.

Read: Luke 10:16-20

10:16 Who is the Christian workerís boss? Who are people really refusing when they refuse to accept a Christian?

10:17 How did the 70 workers feel when they returned to Jesus? What made them happy at this time?

10:18 Who fell when the workers ordered *demons to go out of people?

10:19 What things did Jesus give the workers authority to do? What did Jesus promise to give his workers?

10:20 What is even more important than the power over evil things? Does this fact give you real joy?

Final remarks

God wants all people to be free from anything that is evil. He is pleased when *Satan loses power. Jesus gives his people authority over evil things and he protects them from danger. Jesus does not want us only to be happy about what we do for him. He wants us to be happy about the fact that we belong to God now.

Pray

Dear God, you have rescued me from the result of the evil things that I have done. Thank you for that. Help me to use your authority over evil things. And help me not to be afraid. Use me to tell other people about how you rescue us. And use me to tell them about your power and your kindness. *Amen.

The story about the good *Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

About the next group of questions

Jesus wants us to live differently from other people. God is not pleased when *religious people are not kind to other people. We might say that we love God. But we cannot say that if we do not love other people.

Pray

Ask God to change you as you study today.

Read: Luke 10:25-37

10:25 Who wanted to test Jesus? What question did he ask Jesus?

10:27 What are the two most important things we should do?

10:28 What did Jesus reply to the answer from the expert in the law?

10:29 What did the expert try to do? What question did he then ask Jesus?

10:30 Where was the man in the story going? What happened to the *Jew on his journey?

10:31 Who came walking past after evil men had attacked the man? What did the priest do?

10:34 Who else failed to help the man with injuries?

10:33 What was different about the man who helped? Why did the *Samaritan help the man with injuries?

10:34 What did the *Samaritan do for the man? Where did the *Samaritan take the man with injuries?

10:35 What happened the next day in the *inn when the *Samaritan had to leave?

10:37 Who behaved as a neighbour towards the man with injuries? How does Jesus expect a neighbour to behave? Who is your neighbour?

Final remarks

*Jews hated the *Samaritans because they were different. The *Samaritan in the story was kind to the man with injuries, but the *religious *Jews left him alone. Jesus wants us to show kindness to all people, even if they are different from us. He wants us to care about other peopleís needs. We should not say, ĎWe are Christiansí, if we do not do that.

Pray

Jesus, help me to love people who are different from me. You love them and I need to live as you do. Help me always to take notice of a person in need, even if they are different from me. *Amen.

Jesus teaches about prayer Luke 11:1-13

About the next group of questions

This passage tells us how Jesus taught his followers to pray. We can be sure that God will answer prayer. We learn why we can be sure.

Pray

Ask God to teach you new things about prayer.

Read: Luke 11:1-13

11:1 Who asked Jesus to teach about prayer? Who also taught his followers about prayer?

11:2 What relationship can we have with God? How did Jesus describe Godís name? What should we pray about Godís *kingdom?

11:3, 4 What are the three main things that we can ask from God, our Father, for ourselves?

11:4 What should we do if we want God to forgive our bad deeds?

11:5 At what time did the friend come to the house? What did the friend want?

11:6 Why did the friend come, although it was midnight?

11:7 How did the man in bed answer the man who was knocking on his door?

11:8 Why did he get up at last and help his friend?

11:9 What three things should we continue to do when we are praying?

11:10 What happens when we do these three things?

11:11, 12 Would our human father give us good or bad things when we ask him?

11:13 Who does our Father in heaven give to us when we ask him?

Final remarks

God really does want to give us good things when we pray. He wants to fill us with his *Holy Spirit. He wants to forgive our bad deeds. But first, we must be willing to forgive other people. He wants us to continue to pray. Then we will show that we really want good things. When we pray, we give honour to his name. And we also extend his *kingdom.

Pray

Dear Father in heaven, thank you for all that you do for us. Thank you that you answer our prayers. Please keep us safe. And allow us to know that you will always be there for us. Use us to tell other people about your wonderful power and love. *Amen.

The *kingdom of God and *Satanís *kingdom Luke 11:14-26

About the next group of questions

Here we read about who has power over *Satan and *demons. We also learn about our need for God to fill us with the *Holy Spirit.

Pray

Ask God to protect you as you study about *Satan.

Read: Luke 11:14-26

11:14 How did the *demon affect the man that he was in? What happened to the man when Jesus threw the *demon out of him?

11:15 By whose power did the people say that Jesus was driving out the *demon? Who is Beelzebub?

11:16 How did some of the people try to test Jesus?

11:17 In some families, there may be groups that are fighting each other. What happens to a family like that?

11:18 What would happen if *Satanís *kingdom was like those families?

11:19 Were *Jews also able to drive out *demons?

11:20 How did Jesus drive out *demons? What happened because Jesus drove out *demons?

11:21 What happens when a strong man guards his own house?

11:22 What happens if a man with more strength attacks his house?

11:23 What does Jesus say about a person who is not helping him?

11:24 What happens to a *demon when it leaves a person?

11:26 Perhaps a *demon may return to someone whom God has not filled with the *Holy Spirit. What will happen then?

Final remarks

*Satan can send *demons into people, but Jesus is more powerful. Jesus has authority over *Satan and he has given his authority to his followers. When God has filled us with his *Holy Spirit, then we are free from the power of *Satan. Jesus is stronger. Jesus is *Lord over all.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, I know that you are stronger than *Satan and all his evil deeds. *Satan may use evil people to frighten me or to try to make me do evil deeds. But you are stronger than those evil people. Fill me again with your *Holy Spirit so that I too am able to stand against *Satanís attacks. *Amen.

Jesus warns and encourages us Luke 12:4-12

About the next group of questions

We can trust God even when people speak against our belief. In this passage, we discover why we can trust him. We also learn about the *sin that he cannot forgive.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 12:4-12

12:4 Whom was Jesus speaking to? Whom should we not be afraid of?

12:5 Whom should we be afraid of?

12:6 What does God care for?

12:7 What is special about the hairs on our heads? What are we worth more than?

12:8 What happens if we are loyal to Jesus?

12:9 What happens if we deny Jesus?

12:10 What *sin does God not forgive?

12:12 Who is our greatest teacher?

Final remarks

God has the authority and power to send people to hell, but he loves each of us. After we trust him, he will not leave us alone. But we need the courage to tell other people that we love him. And we must not to hide this. He declares that a person is guilty. But he only declares that if they do not accept him.

Pray

Father in heaven, thank you that you love me. And thank you that you have rescued me from hell. Thank you that you have forgiven all my evil deeds. Please give me the courage to talk to other people about Jesus. *Amen.

The story about the rich fool Luke 12:13-21

About the next group of questions

In this passage, we learn about why it is wrong only to think about ourselves. We learn why we should think about other people too.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you read.

Read: Luke 12:13-21

12:13 What did the man in the crowd want Jesus to do?

12:15 What does Jesus warn us not to do?

12:16 What kind of a crop did the rich manís land produce in the story?

12:17 What question did the man ask himself? What did he decide to do to keep his crops?

12:19 What did the rich man intend to do?

12:20 What did God call the rich man? Who is in control of our future?

12:21 What had the rich man done that was wrong?

Final remarks

If we only think about pleasing ourselves, we will not be able to have a relationship with God. We can trust God to forgive our *sins. And then he will take us to be with him in heaven after we die. This means that we must put him first in our lives.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, thank you that you died for me. And thank you that you have forgiven all my evil deeds. Thank you that you have brought me into a good relationship with God the Father in heaven. Help me to think first about your *kingdom and not just about myself. *Amen.

Do not worry! Luke 12:22-31

About the next group of questions

In this passage, we discover how much God loves us. So, we need to trust him and we need not worry about our needs.

Pray

Ask God to help you to act upon what you learn today.

Read: Luke 12:22-31

12:22 Who did Jesus tell not to worry? What things should we not worry about?

12:23 What is more important than food?

12:24 Who feeds the birds? How valuable are you to God, who looks after the birds?

12:25 Can we do anything to make ourselves live longer?

12:27 What has even more beauty than King Solomon?

12:28 Why should we believe that God will take care of the needs of our bodies?

12:29 What should we not greatly desire?

12:30 Who worries about what our bodies need? Who knows what we need most?

12:31 What should we think about first in our lives? What happens when we put God and his *Kingdom first in our lives?

Final remarks

God does not want us to think most about what our bodies need. He wants us to think about him first. And he wants us to trust him to provide the things that we really need. We are very important to him. So this is why we can trust him.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, you tell me that I am more important than birds or flowers. Thank you. Thank you that you love me. And thank you that you care for me. Help me to think about pleasing you first. Help me to stop worrying about things that are not so important. *Amen.

Jesus healed a woman who could not lift herself up straight on the *Sabbath day Luke 13:10-17

About the next group of questions

Here we see a proof that Jesus is stronger than *Satan. Also, some people only pretend that they are good. We see that God does not like people like that.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from what you study today.

Read: Luke 13:10-17

13:10 On what day was Jesus teaching in one of the *synagogues?

13:11 How long had the woman been ill? What had caused her illness? What was she unable to do?

13:12 What did Jesus ask the woman to do? What did Jesus say to the woman?

13:13 What happened when Jesus laid his hands on her? What did the woman do after Jesus had healed her?

13:14 Why was the ruler of the synagogue angry with Jesus?

13:15 Why did Jesus call him, and other people like him, *hypocrites?

13:16 Who was more important to God? Was it the woman who needed healing or animals that need water? Who is more powerful, *Satan or Jesus?

13:17 How did the enemies of Jesus feel? The people saw what Jesus did. How did they feel then?

Final remarks

*Satan does sometimes make people ill. But Jesus healed the woman. So, he proved that he is stronger than *Satan. Jesus does not like it when people are *hypocrites. The ruler of the *synagogue did not do certain things on the *Sabbath day. He thought that this pleased God. But God would rather that we help people in need.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, you have shown us that each person is important. Thank you that you showed us that. You heal me and you give me hope. I praise you for all your powerful care for me. Help me never to be a *hypocrite. Teach me to obey you when you ask me to do something. *Amen.

Jesus at a *Phariseeís house Luke 14:1-6

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Were the *Pharisees usually friends with Jesus? Does Jesus really care about our illnesses? Does Jesus want us to care for other people? Should we do nothing at all on a day of rest? Is Jesus afraid when people oppose him?

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 14:1-6

14:1 When did Jesus go to visit the *Pharisee? What were people doing during his visit?

14:2 What was the matter with the man in front of Jesus?

14:3 What did Jesus ask the *Pharisees and experts in the law?

14:4 What did these people say when Jesus asked them a question? What did Jesus do to the man with a disease called dropsy?

14:5 What did Jesus ask the *Pharisees and experts after he did this *miracle?

14:6 What did the men say this time?

Final remarks

Jesus did not like people to only pretend to be good. This *miracle is another example of what he thought. Jesus greatly desired the people to understand Godís standards for the *Sabbath. Jesus was not afraid of the anger of the *Pharisees. He wants us to do what God commands. He does not want us to do what man demands instead of Godís *holy laws.

Pray

Dear Father, help me to understand and to obey your law. Help me always to look after people who are in need. Help me not just to pretend. Help me not to do things only when it suits me. *Amen.

What it costs to be a follower of Jesus Luke 14:25-27

About the next group of questions

It is not easy to follow Jesus. We must show that we love him. Here we read what to do in order to show that.

Pray

Ask God to help you to act upon what you learn.

Read: Luke 14:25-27

14:25 Who were travelling with Jesus?

14:26 We might love other people more than we love Jesus. What happens if we do? Jesusí followers must love him more than they love which relations?

14:27 What happens to those who are not willing to follow Jesus?

Final remarks

These are some of the most severe words that Jesus ever spoke. He wanted people to understand that it is not easy to follow him. We must love him more than we love any other person in our family. This may mean that we leave our family to follow him.

Pray

*Lord, these are difficult things to understand and to do. Help me to love you so much that you are the most important person in my life. *Amen.

Three stories Luke 15:1-32

About the next group of questions

The *Pharisees were always saying that Jesus was doing wrong things. One day when they complained, Jesus told them three stories. He would help people who wanted God to forgive their wrong deeds. These stories explained why he would do this.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from these 3 stories.

Read: Luke 15:1-32

15:1 Who were coming to listen to Jesus?

15:2 What was Jesus doing that the *Pharisees and teachers of the law did not like?

15:4 How many sheep did the man in the story have? How many sheep did he leave behind?

15:7 What happens in heaven when a *sinner turns from his evil way?

15:8 How many coins did the woman lose?

15:9 What did the woman do when she found the lost coin?

15:11 Who are very happy when a *sinner turns from his evil way?

15:12 What did the younger son ask his father to give him?

15:16 What made the younger son want to go back to his father?

15:19 What was he willing to do when he got home?

15:20 The father saw his younger son coming home. What did the father do when he saw him?

15:23 The father was happy that his son had come back. How did the father show that he was happy?

15:28 What did the father do when the older son refused to join the party?

15:29 Why did the older son think that he was better than his brother was? Why was the older son angry with his father?

15:31 Why was the older son wrong to complain?

15:32 Why was it right for the father to have a party?

Final remarks

Jesus came to help people who knew their need. They knew that they needed God to forgive their wrong deeds. This is why he wanted to be friends with them. God is pleased when these people turn from their evil way. But some people think that they are good. Those people will not ask God to forgive their wrong deeds. So they will not enter heaven. So, make sure that you ask God to forgive you. Ask him to forgive you for all that you have done wrong.

Pray

Thank you, God, that you love those who have done wrong. Thank you that you forgive wrong deeds. Help me to see what I have done wrong. And help me to be really sorry for it. *Amen.

The rich man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-33

About the next group of questions

Jesus talks about a rich a man and a poor man. Both men died. Jesus describes their situations after death. The Hebrew scriptures (the *Old Testament) teach the truth about God. And so they should cause people to ask for *forgiveness.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 16:19-33

16:19 How did the rich man live?

16:21 How did Lazarus live?

16:22 Where did Lazarus go when he died?

16:23 Where did the rich man go when he died?

16:24 Who was with Lazarus? What did the rich man want Lazarus to do for him?

16:26 What was the purpose of the gap between Lazarus and the rich man?

16:27-28 What did the rich man want Lazarus to do for him?

16:29 To whom should people listen in order to know about God?

16:31 How will people who do not want to believe God act as a result of the *resurrection?

16:33 Why will some people not even believe the *miracle of *resurrection?

Final remarks

Jesus told the people about the two men who died. He contrasted what happened to the two men after death. The rich man had no further opportunity to find the way to God. He could not help his brothers to avoid punishment. Lazarus could not help the rich manís brothers. There was no hope after death. God has provided the Bible to show people the way. People will not believe if they do not want to.

Pray

Dear Father, thank you that you have helped me to learn about you before I die. Help me to tell other people about you. *Amen.

The ten men whom Jesus healed Luke 17:11-19

About the next group of questions

This story tells us that we can come to Jesus for help. But we have to do something else if we want him to bless us.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study.

Read: Luke 17:11-19

17:11 Where was Jesus going? Which border was he travelling along?

17:12 How many men who were ill met him in the village? Where did they stand?

17:13 What did they cry out to Jesus? What did they call Jesus to show they respected him?

17:14 What did Jesus tell them to do? What happened when they obeyed Jesus?

17:15 How many men came back after Jesus had healed them?

17:15, 16 What did this man do?

17:16 What was the nationality of the man whom Jesus healed?

17:17 How many *Jewish men never returned to praise God or to thank Jesus?

17:19 What did Jesus command the *Samaritan to do next? What did this man have that pleased Jesus?

Final remarks

Jesus pities those who are sick. And he pities those who have problems. Then we should thank him when he has helped us. If we thank him, he will bless us.

Pray

Thank you *Lord Jesus for all the wonderful things that you do for me. Help me to give you honour in all that I do. Help me to obey, when you ask me to do something. *Amen.

The story about the widow who would not give up Luke 18:1-8

About the next group of questions

This passage shows how much God cares about our problems. And it tells us how to pray when there is no answer.

Pray

Ask God to teach you more about prayer as you study today.

Read: Luke 18:1-8

18:1 Why did Jesus tell his followers this story?

18:2 What was wrong with the judge?

18:3 Who continued to come to the judge? What did the widow want the judge to do?

18:4 How did the judge answer the widow at first?

18:5 Why did the judge help the widow in the end?

18:6 How did Jesus describe the judge?

18:7 Who really cares about his own people? How should we pray when we are in trouble?

18:8 How does God show greater kindness than the unfair judge in the story? What sort of people will Jesus look for when he returns?

Final remarks

Jesus wants us to show that we trust God. We show this as we continue to pray. We should do this even when God does not seem to answer our prayers. God is never unfair. He always hears our prayers. But he answers in his own time and in his own way.

Pray

Father God, thank you that you always hear me when I pray to you. Thank you that you want to help me. Please help me when I am in trouble. Help me to trust you more. Help me to continue to look to you for help. *Amen.

The story about the *Pharisee and the *tax-collector
Luke 18:9-14

About the next group of questions

Some people think that they are good. And some people are humble. This passage is about both kinds of people. It tells us how God behaves towards them.

Pray

Ask the *Lord to help you to understand the study today.

Read: Luke 18:9-14

18:9 To what kind of people was Jesus telling this story?

18:10 Who went to the *temple to pray?

18:11 What did the *Pharisee think about himself?

18:12 What things did the *Pharisee do?

18:13 Where did the *tax-collector stand? How did the *tax-collector feel about himself? What did he ask God for?

18:14 God forgave the bad deeds of which man? What happens to a person who makes himself important? What happens to a person who is humble in front of God?

Final remarks

Some people think that they are good. Jesus hates it when people are like that. He is happy with those who are really sorry for their bad deeds. He is happy with those who want God to forgive them.

Pray

Father, help me to be really sorry for my bad deeds. Help to not think that I am better than other people. *Amen.

Jesus and the children Luke 18:15-17

About the next group of questions

In this passage, we read what Jesus thinks about young children. It tells us why we should be like children. We need to be like children before we can enter Godís *kingdom.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from this lovely passage.

Read: Luke 18:15-17

18:15 Who did people bring to Jesus? What did the parents want Jesus to do for their babies? What did the *disciples do to the parents?

18:16 What did Jesus do about the babies and children? How should we behave towards little children? What sort of people are in the *kingdom of God?

18:17 What must we do to enter the *kingdom?

Final remarks

Jesus wants children to know and to love him. Some people say that children are not important. He is not happy when they say that. A child is humble and trusting. Jesus wants members of his *kingdom to be like that.

Pray

Father, thank you that you love little children. Thank you that their simple trust makes you happy. Help me to trust you at all times. *Amen.

The rich ruler Luke 18:18-30

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Jesus does ask his followers to do certain things. We must still obey Godís rules. Money should never be the most important thing in our life. It is not easy to follow Jesus.

Pray

Ask God to help you as you study.

Read: Luke 18:18-30

18:18 How did the *Jewish ruler speak to Jesus? What did the ruler want to know?

18:19 Who did Jesus say is good?

18:20 Which commands did Jesus ask the ruler about?

18:21 For how long had the ruler kept these commands?

18:22 What other thing did Jesus tell the ruler to do?

18:23 How did the ruler feel about giving up all his possessions? How difficult is it for a rich person to become a Christian?

18:26 What question did the people ask when they heard Jesusí words?

18:27 What is always possible with God?

18:28 What had Jesusí followers given up when they followed Jesus?

18:29 What may we have to leave behind if we want to serve Jesus?

18:30 What does God give us in this life if we give up things for him? What very special thing does God promise to give?

Final remarks

We must always put God first in our lives. If we have to give anything up, God will give us back much more.

Pray

Dear *Lord Jesus, please help me to obey your commands, even when I do not want to do it. *Amen.

Jesus heals a blind man Luke 18:35-43

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Jesus does care for people who have no money. He wants us to continue to pray. We should pray whenever we need something. He can give us whatever we need. Here we learn what to do when Jesus answers our prayer.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from todayís study.

Read: Luke 18:35-43

18:35 Where was Jesus going? What was the blind man doing by the side of the road?

18:37 What did the crowd tell the blind man?

18:38 What did the blind man call out?

18:39 What did some of the people say to him? What did the blind man do then?

18:40 What did Jesus order the people to do for the blind man?

18:41 What did Jesus ask the man?

18:42 What did the man say to Jesus? Why had Jesus healed the man?

18:43 What did the man do after Jesus had healed him? The people saw that Jesus had healed the man. What did they do when they saw that?

Final remarks

If we want Jesus to heal us, we need to trust in him. But he does not heal everybody today. We can thank God that he cares for us. He cares for us whatever happens. We must continue to pray, if we want to enjoy good things from God. We must continue to pray as the blind man did.

Pray

*Lord, thank you that you hear our prayers. And thank you that you answer them. Thank you for your love that gives me hope. I praise you for your goodness to me. *Amen.

Jesus changes Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-9

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Jesus cares about the people that everybody hates. But he wants them to stop doing the wrong things that make people hate them.

Pray

Ask God to show you new truths as you study today.

Read: Luke 19:1-9

19:1 Where did Zacchaeus live?

19:2 What job did Zacchaeus have? Was Zacchaeus a poor man, or was he a rich man?

19:3 Why could he not see Jesus when he wanted to?

19:4 What did he do in order to see Jesus?

19:5 What did Jesus say when he saw Zacchaeus up the tree?

19:6 Jesus told Zacchaeus that Jesus would stay at his home. What did Zacchaeus do when Jesus told him that?

19:7 What did the people say as they complained about this?

19:8 Zacchaeus was sorry for the wrong things that he had done. He loved Jesus now. What did Zacchaeus do to show that?

19:9 What did Jesus say that God had done in Zacchaeusís house that day? Why did Jesus come into the world?

Final remarks

All the *tax-collectors in Jesusí time took more money from the *Jews than they needed to. Zacchaeus was willing to pay back extra money to those whom he had cheated. And he would give much money to poor people. He was sorry for what he had done. And he wanted to show that he was sorry. Perhaps we are sorry for the wrong things that we have done. If so, we need to show that we are sorry. We need to make things right with those to whom we have done wrong things.

Pray

Thank you that you rescued me when wrong things controlled me. Thank you that you have changed my life. Help me to do what is right from now on. *Amen.

Jesus enters Jerusalem on a *donkey Luke 19:28-44

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Here we read about a special occasion when people praised Jesus. We also read about what the *Jewish leaders thought about this.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from todayís study.

Read: Luke 19:28-44

19:28 Where was Jesus going?

19:29 What was the hill called where he stopped? How many followers did he send to the village?

19:30 What would the *disciples find as they entered the village? What was special about the young *donkey that they would find?

19:31 What question might someone ask them? What should the *disciples say to anyone who asked them that question?

19:32 What happened to show that Jesus knew about the future?

19:35 What did the *disciples do after they brought the *donkey to Jesus?

19:36 What did the people do as Jesus travelled along on the *donkey?

19:37 Why did all the *disciples praise God?

19:38 In whose name did Jesus the King come to Jerusalem?

19:39 Which people were angry about the noise that Jesusí *disciples were making?

19:40 What would praise God if the *disciples did not praise God?

19:41 What did Jesus do, as he came near to Jerusalem?

19:42 Why did Jesus weep about the people of Jerusalem?

19:43-44 What would their enemies do to the people of Jerusalem?

19:44 Why would God let their enemies do this?

Final remarks

Some people were expecting a king to come. They believed that Jesus was the king. This caused Jesus to be happy. But some people did not believe that God would punish them. This caused Jesus to be sad. Those people who do not receive Jesus will suffer punishment in the end. If we love Jesus, we should praise him. We should praise him even when other people do not praise him.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, help me to praise you even when other people do not like it. You rescue people so that they will not suffer punishment without end. Help me to tell other people about this. *Amen.

Jesus enters Jerusalem and visits the *temple Luke 19:45-48

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Here we read about things that were happening in the *temple. And we read why Jesus did not like these things.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand todayís study.

Read: Luke 19:45-48

19:45 Where did Jesus go first in Jerusalem? What did Jesus do in the *temple?

19:46 What should be happening in the *temple? What had the people made the *Temple into?

19:47 What did Jesus do in the *temple each day? Who were trying to kill Jesus at this time?

19:48 Why could they not find a way to kill Jesus?

Final remarks

The *temple was the place where people could go to pray. But merchants were selling animals for people to offer to God. All this noise prevented people from praying. The leaders wanted to kill Jesus because he had driven these merchants out without the authority of the leaders. This showed that they were more interested in making money than in prayer.

Pray

Father, sometimes I do not do things that I know are right. Please forgive me. Help me to find a quiet place each day where I can pray. *Amen.

The story about the workers in the *vineyard Luke 20:9‑19

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The teachers of the law and chief priests and *Pharisees refused to accept Jesus from the beginning. They refused to believe that he was Godís Son. They would not listen to what he said. Jesus told this story to show them what would happen to them as a result.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn the lessons from this story.

Read: Luke 20:9-19

20:9 Why did the owner leave the *tenants and go away for a long time?

20:10 What happened after the harvest time?

20:12-13 Why did he finally send his son, whom he loved, to the *tenants?

20:13 What did the teachers of the law, *Pharisees and chief priests realise and fear about Jesus?

20:14 Why did the *tenants kill the son?

20:16 What did the owner do to the *tenants who murdered his son? What did the people say when they heard this story?

20:17 What happens to the stone that the builders laid aside?

20:18 What will happen to those who fall against the stone?

20:19 What did the teachers of the law and chief priests want to do to Jesus? Why did they not arrest Jesus at that time?

Final remarks

Jesus was not afraid of the *religious leaders. He knew from the beginning that they did not love God. And he knew that they hated him. They wanted to kill him. But they could not kill him because they were afraid. They were afraid that the people would cause trouble. Jesus had Godís protection all the time. And Jesus was in control of his life. There will be punishment for those who hate God. And there will be punishment for those who do not accept him. Jesus knew all that.

Pray

Dear Father God, I do believe that Jesus is your Son. I trust him for *forgiveness. Help me to serve you well. *Amen.

The widowís gift Luke 21:1-4

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God wants us to give to him. It might even cause us to go without things. God knows what is in our hearts. He understands when we do not have very much money. And he understands when poor people love him very much.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand the study today.

Read: Luke 21:1-4

21:1 What did Jesus see as he was in the *temple?

21:2 What did the poor widow put into the box?

21:3 What did Jesus say about her gift to God?

21:4 How did the wealthy people give to God? How did the widow give to God? How much did the widow have left after she had given to God?

21:1-4 What interests God most? Does he look at what we give? Or does he look at what we have left afterwards?

Final remarks

Jesus was aware of everything that happened round him. He also understood the reason why people did things. The widow gave to God because she loved him. That meant more to Jesus than the greater amount of money that the richer people gave. He knows when we *sacrifice something for him. He will *bless us when we *sacrifice for him. What we give God is often an expression of how much we love God.

Pray

Thank you Jesus that you always know what is in my heart. You understand when I cannot give you very much. I am so glad that you understand. And you know that I love you. Help me to give to you because I love you. Help me to give to you as the widow did. Help me to trust you when I do not have very much. *Amen.

The evidence of the end of the age Luke 21:5-28

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Here we read what Jesus told his followers. He told them about three things that would happen in the future. And he told them how they should prepare for it. They were expecting a *kingdom. But it would not come as they thought that it would. Jesus wanted them to know this.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn important truths as you study.

Read: Luke 21:5-28

21:5 What were the *disciples talking about?

21:6 What did Jesus say about the *temple?

21:7 What questions did the *disciples ask Jesus?

21:8 What would people say about themselves that the *disciples should not believe?

21:9-11 What will happen before Ďthe endí?

21:12 What would happen to the *disciples themselves?

21:13 What would the *disciples be able to do?

21:14 What did the *disciples need to decide when officers accused them in courts of law?

21:15 What did Jesus promise the *disciples?

21:18 What could the *disciples be sure about?

21:19 What would the *disciples gain if they remained loyal?

21:20 What will be near when the *disciples see armies surrounding Jerusalem?

21:22 Where could they find a description of the Ďdays of punishmentí?

21:24 Some things will happen to the people when the army of their enemies arrives. Name two things that will happen to the people.

21:25-26 What further evidence of the end will people see?

21:27 Who will come in the middle of the troubles? How will the *Son of Man come?

21:28 What will this evidence mean to the *disciples of Jesus?

Final remarks

The armies of their enemies would destroy Jerusalem. Jesus said that the *Jews would be punished in this way because of their evil deeds. He also promised that all those who followed him would suffer. They would suffer because of their belief in him. So, we must remain loyal. And we must not deny that we trust in Jesus. We can look forward to the time when Jesus will come again. Then he will take us out of the troubles in this world.

Pray

Dear Jesus, please keep me strong when people are against me. Help me to remain loyal and confident in your power. Help me to be brave whatever comes. *Amen.

Judas agrees to hand over Jesus to his enemies Luke 22:1-6

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Here we read how the *Jewish leaders hated Jesus. We also read how one of his closest friends handed him over.

Pray

Ask God to help you as you study this sad passage today.

Read: Luke 22:1-6

22:1 What was the other name of the *Feast of *Unleavened Bread?

22:2 Which two groups of people wanted to kill Jesus? Why did they need to do this in secret?

22:3 Who took control of Judas Iscariot? Who was Judas Iscariot?

22:4 About what did Judas speak with the Chief Priests and officers of the guard?

22:5 What did the chief priests and officers promise to give Judas?

22:6 What opportunity did Judas wait for?

Final remarks

Judas desired to hand over Jesus in order to gain money. Therefore *Satan took control of Judas. Then Judas was willing to hand Jesus over to his enemies. We must never let wrong desires get so strong in us that *Satan takes control of us.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, help me never to put money or gain of any sort before my love for you. Help me to be strong in your strength and to respect you in all things. *Amen.

Preparation for the *Passover Luke 22:7-13

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The *Passover was a special *holy day. On that day the *Jews remembered how God freed them. He freed them when they were slaves in Egypt. Here we read about how Jesusí friends prepared for the *Passover meal.

Pray

Ask God to show you something special from todayís study.

Read: Luke 22:7-13

22:7 What did the priests do at the beginning of the *Feast of *Unleavened Bread?

22:8 What did Jesus send Peter and John to do?

22:10 How did the *disciples know where to go to prepare the *Passover meal?

22:11 What name did Jesus give himself at this time?

22:12 What sort of room did the owner of the house have for Jesus and his *disciples?

22:13 How did the *disciples know that Jesus was speaking the truth? How did the *disciples show their love for Jesus?

Final remarks

Jesus did not let the *disciples know earlier where they would eat the *Passover meal. This was probably in case Judas told the chief priests. He did not want anyone to disturb them because he would do something very important. Peter and John had to trust him and do exactly what he said.

Pray

*Lord, thank you that I can be sure that you know everything. I know that you want everything to be good for me. Thank you that you have given me the opportunity to obey you. *Amen.

The *Passover meal Luke 22:14-23

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Jesus knew that he would suffer. And he knew that he would die for our *sin. He gave his *disciples a simple thing to do by which to remember this.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand the important meaning of todayís study.

Read: Luke 22:14-23

22:15 What did Jesus want to do before he suffered?

22:16 When did Jesus say that he would drink wine again?

22:17 What did Jesus do after he took the cup? What did Jesus ask the *disciples to do with the cup?

22:19 What did Jesus do with the bread? What did the bread represent? Why should the *disciples eat the bread that Jesus gave to them?

22:20 What did the wine represent?

22:21 How did Jesus tell the *disciples that one of them would hand him over to his enemies?

22:22 What would happen that God had already decided? What did Jesus say about the man who would hand him over?

22:23 What did the *disciples do about what Jesus said?

Final remarks

Jesus gave a new meaning to the *Passover meal. He wanted his *disciples to remember that he died for them. They would remember this when they ate bread and drank wine. He talked about the *New Covenant. The *New Covenant is the promise that he can forgive our evil deeds. Also, this simple ceremony looks forward to when Jesus will come again. When the *kingdom of God is complete, all of Jesusí people will dine with him. Sadly, Judas will not be in the *kingdom. And those who refuse Godís offer of *forgiveness will not be there.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, you died on the cross to forgive my evil deeds. I thank you for this. Help me not to *sin but to live my life for you and for your honour. *Amen.

Jesus teaches people to be humble Luke 22:24-30

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Jesus had just told his followers to remember what he would do for other people. Now we read that the *disciples began to argue.

Pray

Ask God to help you as you study today.

Read: Luke 22:24-30

22:24 What were the *disciples arguing about?

22:25 How do kings and rulers act towards other people?

22:26 How should a ruler behave?

22:27 Who is the more important person in Jesusí example? What sort of a person was Jesus like?

22:28 What good thing had the *disciples done, although they were weak and *sinful?

22:29 What reward will Jesus give to his *apostles?

22:30 What rights would the *disciples have in the *Kingdom of God? Who will the *disciples rule over in the *Kingdom of God?

Final remarks

Jesus set an example that all rulers should follow. He served his *disciples. They would have important places in his *kingdom. But they needed to learn a lesson: Rulers serve those that they rule over. That was the lesson.

Pray

*Lord, help me to follow the example of Jesus by serving other people. *Amen.

Jesus warns Peter and the other *disciples Luke 22:31‑38

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Here we read what *Satan wanted to do to the *disciples. And we discover what is written about them in the *Old Testament.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand as you study today.

Read: Luke 22:31-38

22:31 Who wanted to test Simon and the *disciples?

22:32 Who prayed for Simon? What did Jesus pray for Simon? What should Simon do after he turned back to Jesus?

22:33 Where did Simon say he was willing to go for Jesus?

22:34 What did Jesus say that Peter would do? How many times would Simon say that he did not know Jesus?

22:35 What had the *disciples lacked when Jesus had sent them out before this time?

22:36 What did Jesus tell the *disciples to take this time?

22:37 What did Jesus say that the *Scriptures said about him?

22:38 How many swords did the *disciples have? Did the *disciples really understand what Jesus was saying?

Final remarks

*Satan wants us to give in when he tempts us. But Jesus prays for us. Even if we do give in to *Satan, we must not give up. We must learn from our mistakes. Then we can help other people not to make the same mistake. Jesus knew that he would suffer. He knew this because the *Old Testament said so. This is one reason why we believe that the Bible is true.

Pray

Father God, please teach me more about Jesus each day. Teach me about myself also. I can only overcome *Satanís plots by your strength. Help me to realise this. I need you. *Amen.

Jesus prays on the *Mount of *Olives Luke 22:39-46

About the next group of questions

Here we discover how Jesus prepared himself for his death. Also he warned his *disciples. We discover that they did not really listen.

Pray

Jesus made it possible for God to forgive *sin. Ask God to help you to understand what that cost Jesus.

Read: Luke 22:39-46

22:39 Where did Jesus usually go when he left the city? What did the *disciples do?

22:40 What did Jesus tell the *disciples to pray about?

22:41 How far away did Jesus go from the *disciples? What did Jesus do before he prayed?

22:42 To whom did Jesus pray? What did Jesus ask his father to do? Whose plans did Jesus want to happen?

22:43 Who came and gave him strength?

22:44 What showed how greatly Jesus was suffering?

22:45 Why were the *disciples sleeping when Jesus returned?

22:46 What did Jesus tell them to do when he awoke them from sleep?

Final remarks

Jesus knew that God would punish him for our evil deeds. He asked God if there was any other way. But there was no other way that he could forgive our evil deeds. Therefore, he was willing for God to do what God desired. Jesus understands our feelings when we suffer. This is because he too has suffered. By praying, we receive Godís strength. The *disciples were not ready for what happened then. That was because they were sleeping instead of praying.

Pray

Thank you Jesus that you were willing to suffer for me. I realise now that God punished you for my evil deeds. God punished you although you never *sinned. Thank you. *Amen.

Judas Iscariot hands over Jesus Luke 22:47-53

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Here we read how Judas handed over Jesus. We read how soldiers arrested Jesus. We see how prayer helped him to deal with this difficult situation.

Pray

Ask God to teach you from this study today.

Read: Luke 22:47-53

22:47 Who arrived while Jesus was speaking to his *disciples?

22:48 What did Judas intend to do to point Jesus out? How did Jesus describe himself?

22:49 What did the followers of Jesus say when they saw the crowd?

22:50 What happened to the slave of the high priest?

22:51 What *miracle did Jesus perform?

22:52 Which three groups of people came to arrest Jesus? What question did Jesus ask these people?

22:53 Where had Jesus been every day? How did Jesus describe this time when the soldiers arrested him?

Final remarks

One of Jesusí own *disciples handed him over. Jesus gave himself up to his enemies. He knew that it was Godís plan. That is why he gave himself up. He even showed sympathy when someone hurt one of his enemies.

Pray

*Lord help me never to be like Judas. Help me always to be loyal to you. *Amen.

Peter denies that he knows Jesus Luke 22:54-62

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Peter had said, ĎI will never deny that I know you, Jesus.í Here we read about what happened to Peter.

Pray

Ask God to help you to study this sad passage and to learn from it today.

Read: Luke 22:54-62

22:54 Where did the crowd first take Jesus? Who followed them at a distance?

22:55 What did the crowd do then?

22:56 Who saw Peter when he sat by the fire with the crowd? What did the female servant say about Peter?

22:57-60 How many times did Peter say that he did not know Jesus?

22:60 Peter said that he did not know Jesus. What happened after that?

22:61 What did the *Lord Jesus do just then? What did Peter remember as the *Lord looked at him?

22:62 What did Peter do then?

Final remarks

We may sometimes be tempted to say that we do not know Jesus. This might be because we are afraid of what people might say. We might be afraid of what people could do. But if we do say this, then *Satan has defeated us. But we can still be sorry for what we have done. We can trust Jesus for courage to not do it again.

Pray

Dear Jesus, please give me the courage to let other people know that I follow you. When I am doing what you want, other people might not like it. Help me not to worry about what they think about me. Help me not to worry about what they will do to me. *Amen.

The *Jewish leaders examine Jesus Luke 22:63-71

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We read about how the *Jewish leaders examined Jesus. We discover what they did to him.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn from the study today.

Read: Luke 22:63-71

22:63 What did the men who were guarding Jesus do to him?

22:64 What did they say after they had tied a cloth over his eyes?

22:65 What kinds of things did they say to him?

22:66 Which three groups of people met to examine Jesus? When did they meet?

22:67 What question did they ask Jesus?

22:69 What did Jesus say would happen to him in the future?

22:70 What most important question did the *Jewish leaders now ask Jesus? What did Jesus reply?

22:71 Why did they say that they did not need any more witnesses?

Final remarks

Jesus said that he was the Son of God. The *Jewish leaders did not believe him because they did not really want to follow God. If he was not telling the truth, he was a wicked man. Then he deserved to die. But if he was telling the truth, he did not deserve to die. The guards followed their leader and they showed the worst kind of cruelty to Jesus. But Jesus did not complain.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, help me to think for myself. And help me not to do what bad people do. Help me to know and to do what is right. *Amen.

Jesus in front of Pilate and Herod Luke 23:1-12

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Here we read about what the members of the *Jewish *Council did to kill Jesus.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study today.

Read: Luke 23:1-12

23:1 To whom did the members of the *council take Jesus?

23:2 What three wrong things did they say that Jesus had done?

23:3 What did Pilate ask Jesus? How did Jesus reply to Pilate?

23:4 What did Pilate say to the chief priests and the crowd at first?

23:5 What did the crowd say that Jesus had done?

23:7 Because Jesus was from Galilee, to whom did Pilate send him?

23:8 Why was Herod glad when he saw Jesus? What did Herod want to see?

23:9 What did Jesus do when Herod asked him many questions?

23:10 What were the chief priests and teachers of the law doing?

23:11 What did Herod and his soldiers do to Jesus in order to insult him?

23:12 What happened to Pilate and Herod on that day?

Final remarks

Jesus knew that Pilate or Herod could kill him. But he was not afraid of them. He did not do a *miracle in front of Herod. He knew that Herod only wanted to see a show. Jesus would not do what Herod wanted. So, Herod insulted Jesus.

Pray

Father, help me to have the courage that I need. I need courage to stand up against any who would oppose me in my love and service for you. *Amen.

Pilate orders the soldiers to kill Jesus Luke 23:13-25

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Here we read why Pilate ordered the soldiers to kill Jesus on a *cross. And we read how the *Jewish leaders persuaded Pilate to do this.

Pray

Ask God to help you to study today.

Read: Luke 23:13-25

23:14 What did Pilate tell all the people, the chief priests and the leaders about Jesus?

23:15 What did both Herod and Pilate think about Jesus?

23:17 What did Pilate want to do to Jesus?

23:18 What did the crowd ask Pilate to do with Jesus? Whom did they want to free instead of Jesus?

23:19 What kind of man was Barabbas?

23:20 How did Pilate try to free Jesus?

23:21 What did the crowd want Pilate to do?

23:22 How many times did Pilate try to free Jesus?

23:23 What finally made Pilate do what the people wanted?

23:25 What did Pilate do to Jesus?

Final remarks

Pilate believed that Jesus was innocent. But the *Jewish leaders persuaded the crowd to protest loudly. So, Pilate worried that he might not be able to control the people. The people asked Pilate to free a man who was guilty of murder. And they asked him to kill an innocent man on a *cross.

Pray

Father God, help me not to follow other peopleís wrong opinions. Help me instead to know what you want me to do. And help me to do it. *Amen.

The soldiers *crucify Jesus Luke 23:26-43

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While the soldiers were *crucifying Jesus, he was thinking about other people. We read about what people said when Jesus was on the cross. It also tells us what Jesus thought about them.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand this sad and important passage as you study.

Read: Luke 23:26-43

23:26 Whom did they order to carry Jesusí cross?

23:27 What were the women in the crowd doing as Jesus passed by?

23:28 Whom did Jesus tell the women to cry for?

23:29 What would the women say in the future?

23:30 What would the people say when things became very difficult?

23:32 How many criminals did they *crucify with Jesus?

23:33 Where did they *crucify Jesus?

23:34 What did Jesus ask his Father to do for those who were *crucifying him? What did the soldiers do while Jesus was on the *cross?

23:35 What did some of the people and the rulers do while they were watching Jesus? How did the people want Jesus to prove that he was Godís *Messiah?

23:36 What did the soldiers do while they were laughing at him?

23:38 What did the notice over his head say?

23:39 What did one of the criminals say to Jesus?

23:40 What did the second criminal say to the first criminal? Who did this second criminal respect?

23:41 Who said that Jesus had not done any wrong deeds?

23:43 What did this second criminal ask Jesus to do? How did Jesus answer him?

Final remarks

Even when Jesus was on the *cross, he taught the people by his example. He asked his Father to forgive the people who were *crucifying him. Also as Jesus was on the *cross, he welcomed a criminal. Jesus did this because the criminal really believed in him. But many other people laughed at Jesus.

Pray

Thank you, Jesus, that you forgive us. You forgive us when we ask you to forgive us. Thank you for your promise of life that will never end. *Amen.

The death of Jesus Luke 23:44-49

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This account of the death of Jesus tells us a lot about him and about his followers.

Pray

Ask God to help you to study this passage and to learn from it.

Read: Luke 23:44-49

23:44 What happened between 12 midday and 3 in the afternoon?

23:45 What happened to the curtain of the *temple?

23:46 What did Jesus cry to His Father at the moment of his death?

23:47 What did the army officer say about Jesus?

23:48 The people saw how Jesus died. What did they do when they saw that?

23:49 What did Jesusí followers do while everything was happening? Where had the women who followed him come from?

Final remarks

The darkness was the evidence that Jesus was suffering punishment for our evil deeds. After this had happened, he gave his life back to God. The curtain in the *temple hid the *holy box. The box was the evidence that God was with his people. God tore the curtain to show that, from then on, anybody could come to God. This is because Jesus has died. He died to make it possible for God to forgive *sin.

Pray

Father, help me to understand why Jesus died. Thank you that you can forgive my evil deeds and that I can know you. *Amen.

They bury Jesus Luke 23:50-56

About the next group of questions

They *crucified Jesus between two criminals. But his friends buried him properly.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what it costs to be a follower of Jesus.

Read: Luke 23:50-56

23:50 What was the name of the member of the *Jewish *council who had not agreed to the death of Jesus? What kind of a man was Joseph?

23:51 From what town did Joseph come? What was he waiting for?

23:52 What did he ask Pilate for?

23:53 What did Joseph do with the body of Jesus? What was special about the grave that he laid Jesus in?

23:54 On what day did Jesus die?

23:55 Why did the women follow Joseph?

23:56 What did the women prepare? Why did the women rest on the *Sabbath rather than go immediately to the grave?

Final remarks

It took courage for Joseph to ask for the body of Jesus from Pilate. He wanted to bury Jesus in the proper way. We should not be ashamed to serve Jesus because this brings honour to him.

Pray

*Lord, give me the courage to be your follower, even when it leads me into danger. *Amen.

Jesus lives again Luke 24:1-12

About the next group of questions

The *disciples did not understand that Jesus would become alive again. It took them quite a long time to believe that he had come to life again.

Pray

Ask God to show you new things today as you study.

Read: Luke 24:1-12

24:1 On which day did the women go to the *tomb? What did the women take with them to the *tomb?

24:2 What had happened to the stone at the *tomb?

24:3 What was missing inside the *tomb?

24:4 Who appeared to them while they were at the *tomb? What were the menís clothes like?

24:5 What did the women do because they were afraid? What question did the men ask the women?

24:6 What did the men say about Jesus?

24:7 What did the men remind the women about?

24:9 What did the women do when they returned from the *tomb?

24:10 What were the names of some of the women who took *spices to the *tomb?

24:11 Why was it hard at first for anyone to believe what the women told them?

24:12 Who was one of the first men to run to the *tomb? What did Peter see in the *tomb?

Final remarks

The men who were standing at the *tomb were *angels. They knew that Jesus had become alive again. The women went to the *tomb although soldiers should have guarded it. This showed that the women had great courage. These women were the first persons to tell the Ďgood newsí that Jesus was alive. Jesus was certainly God. And he proved this when he became alive again.

Pray

I praise you Jesus that you came back to life. And I praise you that you defeated death and *Satan. *Amen.

The walk to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35

About the next group of questions

Here is a story about two of Jesusí friends. They were going home after Jesus had died. We find out why they were so sad. We discover that they did not understand the *Old Testament. It had said what would happen to Jesus.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what you study today.

Read: Luke 24:13-35

24:13 When were the two people walking to Emmaus? How far was Emmaus from Jerusalem?

24:14, 15 What were they talking about?

24:15 Who came and walked with them?

24:16 What strange thing happened when they saw Jesus?

24:17 What did Jesus ask them?

24:18 What did Cleopas ask Jesus?

24:19 Who did the two *disciples think that Jesus was at this time?

24:21 Who had the *disciples hoped that Jesus had been? How long was it after the death of Jesus?

24:23 What had the women seen when they went to the grave?

24:24 Whom did the *disciples who went to the *tomb not see?

24:25 Who did Jesus say had spoken about him?

24:26 What must happen after Jesus had suffered?

24:27 What did Jesus explain to the *disciples from what Moses and the *Prophets had written (our *Old Testament)?

24:28 What did Jesus pretend to do as they reached Emmaus?

24:29 Why did the *disciples urge Jesus to stay with them?

24:30 What did Jesus do that helped the *disciples to recognise him?

24:31 What happened to Jesus when they recognised him?

24:32 How had they felt, as Jesus had taught them about himself?

24:33 What did they do, as soon as Jesus disappeared?

24:34 What did the other *disciples tell them when they arrived?

24:35 What did those from Emmaus tell the other *disciples about?

Final remarks

Jesus explained to the two *disciples about different parts of the *Old Testament. Those different parts all taught the same things: Jesus would die and then live again. Jesus broke bread with them. Then they realised who he was. Immediately they wanted to share this good news with the rest of the *disciples.

Pray

*Lord, teach me more about yourself. Help me to understand what is taught about you in both the *Old Testament and the *New Testament. *Amen.

Jesus appears to the *disciples Luke 24:36-49

About the next group of questions

Jesus came to his *disciples after he came to life again. Here we read about that. We find out that he gave them a promise and a command.

Pray

Ask God to help you to understand what this passage means.

Read: Luke 24:36-49

24:36 Who stood among the *disciples as they were talking together?

24:37 What was his greeting to them? What did the *disciples think that Jesus was?

24:38 What questions did Jesus ask them?

24:39 What did Jesus tell the *disciples to help them to believe that he was alive?

24:41 Why was it hard for the *disciples to believe that Jesus was alive?

24:42 What did Jesus eat to prove that he was not a spirit?

24:44 What was in the *Jewish *Scriptures, the *Law of Moses, the *Prophets and the Psalms?

24:45 What did Jesus then teach the *disciples?

24:46 What did the *Scriptures say would happen to the *Messiah? What did Jesus tell his followers to tell other people?

24:47 To whom should they tell the message? Where should they start telling this?

24:48 Why would the followers be able to tell the message?

24:49 What did the Father promise to give the *disciples? Where did the *disciples have to wait?

Final remarks

Jesus really became alive again. When he appeared to his *disciples, it was hard for them to believe. But he proved it by eating something. And he let them touch him. Jesus told them to take the good news to everybody. And he promised that his *Holy Spirit would give them power.

Pray

*Lord Jesus, help me to be your true follower. Help me to tell other people that you can forgive our evil deeds. Help me to tell other people that we can have a right relationship with God. *Amen.

Jesus goes into heaven Luke 24:50-53

About the next group of questions

Jesus did not stay on this earth. This passage tells us what happened to him. It also tells us what the *disciples did after that.

Pray

Ask God to help you to learn something special from this last study in the book of Luke.

Read: Luke 24:50-53

24:50 Where did Jesus lead the *disciples to?

24:51 What did Jesus do before he left the *disciples? Where did Jesus go?

24:52 What did the *disciples do as he was leaving? How did the *disciples feel as they went back to Jerusalem?

24:53 What did the *disciples do in Jerusalem? They waited for the power that God had promised. How did they spend their time while they waited?

Final remarks

This is the end of the account of Jesusí life on earth. The *disciples were so glad that Jesus was alive. They were glad although they could not see him now. They believed that he would send them power to obey him. Jesus is alive in heaven now. We too can be glad. And we too can receive Godís power by his *Holy Spirit.

Pray

Thank you *Lord Jesus that I can have your power by the *Holy Spirit. I want to do everything that you tell me to do. Fill me with your power so that I may obey you. *Amen.

Word List

Amen ~ we agree; it is true; that is right; let it be so.

angel ~ Godís servant and *messenger in heaven.

apostle ~ one of the 12 men whom Jesus chose to be his special helpers.

baptise/baptism ~ to put a person into water to show that he wants to obey God.

Baptist ~ a person who *baptises people (John the Baptist).

bless, blessing ~ to say or to do much good to a person; to call something holy; to ask God for good things to happen; to guard and to keep from evil things.

circumcise, circumcision ~ to remove the end part of skin from the male sex part; a sign of Godís special agreement with *Israel.

council ~ the group of *Jewish *priests and other leaders.

cross ~ a piece of wood that someone has fastened across another piece. People put Jesus on a cross to kill him.

crucifixion ~ to nail someone to a wooden cross in order to kill them.

crucify ~ to kill by *crucifixion.

demon ~ a devil who works for *Satan, the chief devil.

disciple ~ one who follows another and learns from him; a person who believes in Jesus; a person who follows the things that he teaches.

donkey ~ animal like a small horse.

empire, emperor ~ an empire is a group of nations under one ruler (called the emperor).

feast ~ special meal; *religious ceremony.

forgive ~ when someone stops being angry with another person who has done bad things.

Gentiles ~ people who are not *Jews.

grape ~ a small, sweet fruit that people make alcohol from.

holy ~ what God is like; different and better than all other things; all good with no bad in it; a thing that God has; separate from *sin, clean.

Holy Spirit ~ one person of the three persons who are God. He comes to help Christians to become more like God. We cannot see him. He comes to give people the power to do what God wants.

hypocrites ~ persons who pretend to be better than they are.

inn ~ a place that provides food and shelter for travellers.

Israel, Israelites ~ all the people from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Jew ~ a person who was born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children.

Jewish ~ a word that describes a *Jew or anything to do with a *Jew.

kingdom ~ land that a king rules.

Law ~ the rules that God gave to Moses for the *Jews.

Lord ~ name for God in the Bible; name that we use for Jesus when we obey him.

messenger ~ person who gives a message.

Messiah/Christ ~ the *Jewsí word for the king whom God would send to rescue them.

miracle ~ an event that seems to be against the usual laws of nature.

Mount ~ small mountain.

New Testament ~ the last part of the Bible, which the writers wrote after Christís birth.

Old Testament ~ the first part of the Bible, which the writers wrote before Christís birth.

olive ~ a kind of tree that has fruit.

Passover ~ annual ceremony to remember when God rescued the *Jews from Egypt.

Pharisees ~ group of *Jews who were very strict about the law of Moses.

preach ~ to tell people about Jesus, and how to live for Jesus.

priest ~ a man that gave gifts and burned animals as a *sacrifice to God for the *Jews; a man that God chose to serve him.

prophecy ~ words that God gives to a person to tell other people.

prophet ~ one who tells Godís messages.

religious ~ people who belong to a religion.

resurrection ~ to come back to life after death.

Roman ~ person or thing that belongs to *Rome.

Rome ~ capital of a great *empire in *New Testament times.

Sabbath ~ day of rest when people should not work (Saturday for *Jews).

sacrifice ~ a gift to God to ask him to forgive sins; or to thank him for something.

Samaria ~ country on north border of Judah; its capital has the same name.

Samaritan ~ a person who comes from *Samaria.

Satan ~ chief evil spirit; the Devil.

Scripture(s) ~ Bible.

shepherd ~ one who looks after sheep.

sin/sinner ~ when people do things against God or other people.

Son of Man ~ Jesus called himself the Son of Man.

spice ~ powder that people make from certain plants to give flavour to food.

synagogue ~ a building where *Jews gather to pray and to study the *Old Testament.

tax-collector ~ man who received taxes for the government.

temple ~ special building in Jerusalem where *Jews *worshipped God.

tenant ~ person who occupies somebodyís property in return for rent.

tomb ~ cave in side of a hill for a grave.

Trinity ~ God who is three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the *Holy Spirit.

unleavened ~ bread without the substance that makes it rise.

vineyard ~ a place in which to grow *grapes.

worship ~ show honour and respect to God and praise him.

 

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Prepared from original material © 2001-2003 Barbara Graham, used by permission.

This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words).

December 2003

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