“Is There A Dr. in the House?”
There was an investigative reporter in the 1st Century Roman Empire. His name was Luke.
Luke 1:1-20 Historical Evangelism.
Luke begins this Gospel with a very informative preface. He tells us who he is writing to and the reason for this account. _________________________________________________________
He speaks of his own faith in this regard as he relates, “those things which have been fulfilled among us”. He doesn’t say, things alleged, or any other speculative language, he has determined that what he has heard about are fulfillments of prophesy and then links this to his confidence of the eyewitnesses and ministers who have provided the testimony of recent events (verse 2). ______________________________________________________________
In verse 3 we find out that the initial recipient of this account is a man named Theophilus. Luke addresses him as “most excellent Theophilus”, an address from that era often reserved for nobility or high government officials. He writes for a very specific purpose: “that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed (verse 4).”
So Theophilus knows Luke and trusts him but why should we? Who is this man?
1. His name gives us insight that he was a Gentile – _________________________________
2. Paul mentions him 3 times: Colossians 4:14 – “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.” 2 Timothy 4:11 – “Only Luke is with me.” Philemon 24 – “as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.”
Luke joined Paul at Troas and journeyed with him after that time until his death: Acts 16:8-10, “So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” _________________________
Luke provides a unique perspective among the Gospel accounts. _____________________ __________________________________________________________________________ In Luke, Jesus is the Man who came to save.
Matthew spends 5 verses on Jesus birth and Mark makes no mention at all. But Luke, in his effort to relate the facts of Jesus life goes to great length to get the details around the Lord’s birth. Luke’s narrative about Jesus begins with John. After 400 years of silence God is going to renew His blessing to Israel and the entire world and He starts by repeating an Old Testament pattern. A barren couple is about to receive a tremendous blessing. ___________________
_____________________________________________________________ God gave a child. So we meet Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth. ______________________________________
Zacharias is at the pinnacle of service for a priest. __________________________________
Zacharias responds just like we do to new things. He doubts that this is from the Lord. “Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.’” (vs. 18) Gabriel seems to take exception to this question. _________
So God begins something new. At least that’s how we see it. But as we saw last week, God is accomplishing what He promised because the time has come.
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