Luke

Michael Wilcock

READ : Luke 1:1-4

An orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us (v. 1)

Other New Testament books tell us that Luke was a traveling companion of Paul’s and had met all sorts of people in all sorts of places, and also that he was a doctor, professionally concerned with all sorts of ills.

This book shows him wearing another hat: that of a researcher and writer. Many other people in those early days of the Christian church had written about Jesus, and at some point Luke realized how well qualified he himself was to put together such an account. He had come to know the facts, and many of the people involved, and the real plot and point of the whole story. And he turned out also to be extraordinarily skillful at putting it down on paper.

Luke’s little introduction tells us how deep and thorough his research had been. It tells us too how wide his intended readership was. Theophilus,”—“Friend of God,” the addressee of Luke’s Gospel—represents the whole Gentile world beyond the story’s original Jewish setting. Wherever you live, whoever you are, whatever your background, Luke says, this story is for you. And being a doctor, he writes a prescription for every ill: whatever is wrong with you—most of all your sinful heart—Jesus can put it right. He is the Savior of the world.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for this all-embracing good news.