Good Morning all. I hope everyone had a blessed Resurrection Sunday and their Monday started off great. I was flat on my back for most of it because of a pinched nerve in my back. But I am up and about today. I want to take the next few weeks and look at the life of Jesus. How he responded to things and people and see if we are mirroring Jesus in our own lives or are we just pretending? I am going to start with Luke. "Many have undertaking to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you many know the certainty of the things you have been taught." Luke is saying that he is giving his account of what he witnessed in Jesus. This is what he saw and heard. Who is Luke? Let's take a look for just a second. Luke is the author of Luke and of the book of Acts. Luke or Lucas is a Greek name. Luke was the only Gentile to write a book in the Bible. He was not a Jew. He was a dear friend of Paul. Luke was a physician. So he had first hand knowledge of Jesus and the practice of Jesus as he left his life to follow Jesus. He can also guess that since Luke was a physician, he was an educated man. And how I know he was a physician is that in Colossians 4:14 Paul refers to him as a doctor. As I said before he was a Gentile, so his writings are from a Gentile point of view not a Jewish point of view. Luke is humble. He never mentions himself but as a traveling companion with Paul. He never mentions his profession only Paul does. Luke is not a new gospel but wanted to record the life of Jesus for a wider Gentile audience and high Roman official named Theophilus. As mentioned in his introduction. Luke was an evangelist, a historian, a physician, a pastor, a missionary, a companion, a brother, a theologian. His goal and purpose in his writings was to give an account to the exact truth of Jesus and the plan of salvation with the help of the Holy Spirit and that is exactly what he did. He doesn't mention himself much because he didn't want it to be about him but only Jesus. So is your life about you or is it about Jesus in you? Have a blessed day!
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