13
Jan
14

The Amazing Story Of Jesus

Have you ever thought about your faith and pondered to yourself, “Why do I believe what I believe?”  Do you ever pause to think, “I wonder if the story of Jesus is true.”  As we begin 2014, I want to write about the things we believe and study the Gospel of Luke.

Luke begins his Gospel with a brief introduction that scholars tell us was written in excellent Greek.  This seems to be an indication that Luke was a learned historian.  He acknowledges that others had written accounts of Jesus’ life.  So why was Luke writing?  It has something to do with a man named Theophilus.  Who was this man?  Scholars really aren’t sure.  He may have been a high ranking official, thus the reason for Luke’s addressing him as “most excellent” (Luke 1:3, NIV).  Perhaps Theophilus had commissioned Luke to investigate and write this account of Jesus’ life and ministry.  We see in verse 4 that Theophilus had been introduced to Christianity and Luke was writing so that he would “know the certainty of the things” he had “been taught” (Luke 1:4, NIV).  Luke said that he had “carefully investigated everything from the beginning” and felt the need to write this “orderly account” (Luke 1:3, NIV).  It was from the Apostles and other “servants of the word” which Luke got his information (Luke 1:2, NIV).
I believe that the Gospel of Luke is important for our study because we, too, need to know the certainty of the things we believe.  One of the concepts that is found throughout this Gospel is the idea of being amazed or astonished.  I once preached through the entire Gospel of Luke and I called the series, “The Amazing Story Of Jesus.”  It is an amazing story and it will inspire awe and faith in us as we journey through it together here in 2014.

Luke 1

New International Version (NIV)

Introduction

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 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, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

 

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