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Sermon on Luke 4:31-44 - The Authority and Power of the Preaching of Jesus

Luke's lack of concern for chronological order underlines the fact the he is not merely an historian or chronicler of events; Luke is an evangelist. Luke is not writing as a detached historian, but as a passionate evange1ist, who is preaching the true and historical gospel to his readers, with the earnest desire that they know, believe and act on "the exact truth about the things you have been taught," 1:4. "As an evangelist he can allow himself considerable flexibility in the ordering of his materials. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that he is taking liberty with or doing violence to the facts at this point." - Stonehouse. He is not creating a new chronological order of the events in Jesus' life that suit his purposes, he is choosing incidents in the life and ministry of Jesus which are meant to illustrate the character of His Galilean ministry, Lk. 4:43.