Gospel of Luke Synopsis: Statistics And Summary of Main Topics.

Gospel of Luke Chapter by Chapter Summary.







Fulfillment of Promise. Kingdom of God: Good News For Greeks.


God, Joseph, Mary, Holy Spirit, Jesus, People of Israel, John the Baptist, King Herod, Pilate, Jesus Disciples, Barabbas, Devil.


1:1-4: Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

3:16: John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

23:33-34: When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals-one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

24:1-3: On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.


Luke is unique of all the other Gospels in that it begins with a preamble explaining how it was written and to whom. Others Gospels had written accounts of Jesus life but this is a thoroughly investigated account written for a man named Theophilus, generally a title ascribed to high-ranking Roman officials. It is also unique in that it has a sequel. The opening verses of Acts make it clear that Acts is a continuation of the story started in Luke and written to the same man. It must have been written prior to Acts but after Mark’s Gospel. Act was written around 63 AD while Mark was written around 50-60AD thus 62AD would be a reasonable rough estimate for Luke. Luke was from Antioch, but traveled with Paul all over Southern Europe and the Middle East. The book of Luke gives us the most complete look at the life of Jesus. Luke uses eyewitnesses as sources for his writings. He stresses Jesus humanity, considering Luke was a doctor himself, and compassion as well as the power of the Holy Spirit and of prayer.


Chapter# 1 : Angel prediction and telling of John The Baptist birth by Elizabeth and Jesus’ birth by Mary. Mary visits Elizabeth. John born. The Praise And Prophecy Of Zechariah.
Chapter# 2 : The Birth Of Jesus Christ. Shepherds see Jesus. Christ is circumcised. Jesus presented at the temple. Astonish people with his wisdom. He grew in wisdom and stature.
Chapter# 3 : Preaching and baptism of John the Baptist in Jordan. Put in prison by Herod. Jesus baptism. Jesus genealogy.
Chapter# 4 : The temptation and fasting of Christ. Rejected in Nazareth. Healing of demon-possessed man. Heals Peter’s mother-in-law and others. Preaches through the cities of Galilee.
Chapter# 5 : Jesus Calls His First Disciples Peter, James & John. Heals leper & paralytic. Calls Matthew. Eat with sinners. Foretells the fastings and afflictions of the apostles after his ascension.
Chapter# 6 : Jesus on Sabbath. Heals a man with a withered hand. Sermon on mount/Plain on Beatitudes, Woes, Love for Enemies, Judging others, Trees and their fruits, Two houses and wise men.
Chapter# 7 : Jesus heals centurion’s servant. Raises widow’s son to life. Question and answer regarding John the Baptist. A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus’ Feet
Chapter# 8 : The Parable Of The Sower and its interpretation. Jesus Mother and family. He calms sea stop a storm. Heals demon-possessed men. A woman healed and a daughter raised
Chapter# 9 : The Twelve Commissioned And Sent out. Jesus feeds 5000, fortells his death, transfigured; Peter confesses Christ; greatest in kingdom of heaven
Chapter# 10 : Christ sends out at once seventy disciples to work miracles, and to preach. Lawyer asks Jesus about eternal life; Good Samaritan; Mary & Martha
Chapter# 11 : Christ teaches how to prayer. Ask, Seek, Knock. Heals mute demon-possessed man. The Sign Of Jonah. Speaks agaist Pharisees;. Pharisees try to trap Jesus
Chapter# 12 : Warning Against Hypocrisy. Jesus teaches about preaching, persecution, not worrying about life, treasure in heaven, faithful servants, resolving conflict
Chapter# 13 : epent Or Perish. Jesus heals crippled woman, teaches about: punishment, unfruitful fig tree, seed, leaven, narrow gate, Jerusalem’s emptiness
Chapter# 14 : Jesus heals man with dropsy; sitting in lowest place; inviting the poor; great supper invitation; cost of discipleship; salt
Chapter# 15 : Pharisees complain about Jesus eating with sinners; Jesus teaches parables of lost sheep. Parable of lost coin. The Parable Of The Lost Son
Chapter# 16 : Parable Of The Dishonest Manager. Jesus teaches: parable of unjust servant, money management & faithfulness, law & adultery, parable of rich man & Lazarus
Chapter# 17 : Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, And Service. Jesus heals 10 lepers, teaches: offending, forgiveness, faith, duty, kindom of God within, sign & events of coming of Son of Ma
Chapter# 18 : The Parable Of The Unjust Judge. Tax collector’s prayer; Rich, young ruler; Jesus blesses children, foretells death, heals blind men
Chapter# 19 : Jesus And Zacchaeus. Zaccaeus meets Jesus; Parable of talents; Jesus enters Jerusalem, weeps over Jerusalem, drives businessmen from temple
Chapter# 20 : Jesus’ Authority Challenged. Pharisees question Jesus’ authority; Jesus teaches: parable of vineyard workers, taxes, marriage; Jesus questions Pharisees
Chapter# 21 : A Poor Widow’s Offering. Jesus foretells Jerusalem’s destruction, His return & preceding signs; Be faithful, watch & pray
Chapter# 22 : The Jews conspire against Christ. Priests plot Jesus’ death; Last Supper; Jesus prays in Gethsemane, betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, mocked and accused
Chapter# 23 : Jesus Brought Before Pilate & Herod, sentenced to death instead of Barabbas, lead to Calvary, crucified, dies, buried in tomb
Chapter# 24 : Jesus Is Raised. Women seek Jesus in empty tomb. Christ’s resurrection is declared by two angels to the women that come to the sepulchre. Jesus appears to 2 men on road to Emmaus; Jesus appears, speaks to disciples, ascends to heaven