So how does one lay out the amazing story of the Life of our Lord Jesus. It has a great deal to do with audience, with whether it is a personal account or one based upon the compilation of facts from others. Luke, Paul’s companion, and personal physician had the opportunity to hear the story of Jesus from many apostles and other witnesses as he traveled with Paul. So, as a doctor, he gathered as many of the facts from as many perspectives as possible. His goal was to compile a complete picture for Theophilus (lover of God)–to assure his decision to follow Christ was based on solid fact and a complete picture.
Each Gospel has a flair–Mark was the Dragnet version, “Just the facts, ma’am!”. John was written as a personal account addressing things the other Gospels did not focus upon. After all, John was there! Matthew was another personal account but told for the benefit of skeptical Jews that needed to realize how many prophecies were fulfilled by Christ’s coming. Luke was unique. He was an outsider looking in. He was compelled by the Lord. He was addressing the new Church. People that were not necessarily born into the chosen but adopted by God’s grace. In that quest, Luke sought detail and consistency.
As we move through this account of Jesus, we will see so much of the life of Jesus, and we will be blessed in so many ways. This is going to be a fun adventure into the Christmas season. So, let’s begin!
God Bless You
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.