As the Gospel of Luke begins, its author declares his intent to compile “an orderly account” of Jesus’ life and ministry so that anyone who reads it “may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” When we open its pages, this is exactly what we find. Tracing Jesus’ life from His nativity and ministry to His death, resurrection, and ascension, Luke presents us with a portrait of a perfect, divine Savior in whom we can believe fully and securely.
In volume four of this series, Alistair Begg invites us to revisit one of Jesus’ best-known sermons and see it as a “manifesto” for Christian living that points to our need for a Savior. Understood rightly, Jesus’ teaching would make even the best of us despair of our ability to fulfill God’s commands. Before we can embrace the radical lifestyle that Jesus preached, we must be reborn from the inside out—a change that can only be accomplished in us by Christ.