We return to the study of the gospel of Luke and I ask you to turn in your Bible, if you will, or there's one in the pew for you to use, to Luke 23...Luke 23. The New Testament begins with four historical accounts of the life of Christ...Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The first three, Matthew, Mark and Luke, are strictly speaking history's of our Lord's life and ministry, right through to His death and resurrection. John focuses more on specific miracles of Christ and the sayings of Christ. All four of the gospels are intended, however, to give us the most complete understanding of the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have had a wonderful journey through Luke's history which when compared with Matthew and Mark and John, gives us the complete revealed account of Christ. As we come to the cross of Christ, we will be mingling all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to understand the events and the elements and the components of His dying and of His resurrection.
But as we come to the text that is before us in Luke 23, there are elements of this text which are unique only to Luke. While Matthew and Mark both refer to Simon of Cyrene as does Luke, there are other characters along the road to the cross to which the other writers do not refer. And so, Luke gives us some glimpses into the characters on the final road to the cross that we don't find in the other gospels....