In the early days of a movement rooted in Judaism, the author of Lukeand Acts, two of the most beloved books of the New Testament, wasn'tjust a newcomer among Jesus' followers; he was also a Gentile. It'slittle wonder, then, that Luke highlights religious and social dynamicsthroughout his Gospel, paying careful attention to how Jesus welcomesoutsiders and rebukes insiders. Interpreting Luke's account of the JewishMessiah through a collection of sermons, Michael Smith dismantles thepious illusions behind political elitism and reminds readers that we areall outsiders in need of God's grace. For anyone who has looked forthemselves in biblical stories, this might be their book.Each volume of the Preaching the Word series consists of acollection of sermons preached through a book or books of the Bible. Asin other commentaries, the author analyzes and seeks to interpret eachpassage. But Preaching the Word also exists as a testament to the Wordpreached, a homiletical commentary unfolding within a community offaith. Thus, this series allows us to approach the letters and histories ofthe New Testament as the first recipients did: as hearers of God's Word.