Like all people everywhere, when it came to their leaders the Jewish people had certain expectations. That was especially true of the Messiah. But the picture Luke sketches in these early chapters of his Gospel is confusing and counterintuitive. Is this really the Savior? Is this really the Christ? What child is this, anyway? It turns out, Luke says, that while he’s not the one we expect, he is the one we need.
This book has nothing to do with this series or the Gospel of Luke, but if you’re looking for a good book on faith and culture, I borrowed the title for this series from Mark Sayer’s book, The Road Trip that Changed the World. It’s one of the best books I’ve read on why and how our culture has become the way it has in the post-Christian, secular West.