In as much as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,? just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to
us,? it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus,? that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. Luke 1: 1- 4 NKJV
Luke set out to record an orderly account of the life of Jesus. He was a self appointed historian. Luke was also the writer of the Acts of the Apostles.
His work shows the marks of a hard working Scholar who has considered and recorded
the facts tediously and religiously
As a well read and educated man he had the analytical skills to present a well-researched account of the life of Jesus. The gospel of Luke records many of the healing miracles of Jesus. When you consider the fact that these were
written by a Doctor you can begin to appreciate the reliability of the accounts.
While the synoptic gospels focus more on what Jesus did and said, the gospel of John puts more attention on who Jesus is. The gospel of John also includes more stories about individuals.
It is always important to remember that you will have to read all the gospels to get the complete picture of Jesus as the Holy Spirit has chosen to reveal Him to us.
He also gives us the teachings of Jesus on prayer. We see the multitude pray as Zacharias serves at the altar (1:10), Mary's prayer (1:46-55), Jesus pray at His baptism (3:21), when choosing His disciples (6:12), at Peter's confession (9:18) and at His tranfiguration (9:29).
In private (5:16) and at Mount Olives (22:39-46) Jesus prays. His final breath ends with a prayer (23:46)
location in Luke
|The two debtors||7: 40 - 43|
|Good Samaritan||10:30 - 37|
|Friend at mid night asking for bread||11: 5- 13|
|Barren fig tree||13: 6 - 9|
|Prodigal son||15:11 - 32|
|Crooked steward||16: 1- 9|
|The rich man and Lazarus||16: 19 - 31|
|Persistent widow||18:1- 8|
|Pharisee and tax collector||18: 9 - 14|
a.?Read it as an accurate and Holy Spirit inspired account of the life of Jesus. Know the facts. Pay attention to details.
b.?Try and hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to you as you read it.
These Holy Spirit inspired words have a relevance to you today. If you only study the gospels for its historical and factual values you will miss a lot of what the Holy Spirit has got to say to you today.