Day 1: Luke 1:1-4 (ESV)
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us. 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 , that you may have certainty concerning the things which you have been taught.
Just as you (Sharon) have been baptized and want to learn more about what you have been taught, Luke thought it would be a good idea to take all of what he could compile from those around him and create an ‘orderly account’ of it- instead of lots of individual accounts or retellings. The result was one of the easiest gospels to study: it seems to be the most complete, the most ‘orderly’ and in some ways the easiest one for us to understand!
Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life was also very complete: it was written to the Jewish audience, people with the same background as the apostles and the same background as Jesus. Matthew’s account of the Jesus’ life is great because you can see how perfectly fulfilled God’s plan was.
Mark was written to pretty much everyone who would listen. Mark is a great book to study with someone who has never heard the gospel before because it is action-packed and lacks the heavy theology* of Matthew and John.
- (Theology (Th-ee-AHL-o-gy)= Theo means “God” and “ology” always means “The study of.” So theology means “the study of God” – or in this case, God’s word.)
I love the gospel of John because Jesus’ best friend on this earth wrote it. You can see how much John loved the earthly Jesus but also how much he loved Jesus as his Saviour. It’s passages seem to be arranged more by topic than by timeline, though, so it can get a bit confusing. That is why Matthew, Mark and Luke are called “The Synoptic Gospels” – basically meaning that they follow the same pattern and are at times very similar. John is a bit of an oddball, but it’s still very lovable!
That is why I’ve chosen Luke for our first study together: Luke is straightforward. He was a gentile* doctor and wanted to get all the facts straight from the beginning- to be “orderly” and complete and that is what makes it a great one to start with!
– ( “Gentile” (“JEN-tile”) = The Jewish people called everyone who wasn’t a Jew like them a “Gentile”. Since our family isn’t Jewish we would be considered “Gentiles”, just like Luke. This is another reason that Luke is a great book for us to read: we start out with a blank slate concerning the stories, Luke will fill us in on anything we need to know. )
God gave us each book of the Bible for a reason: so we would better understand Him, His will for us and how we are to be saved. He has brought together the perfect 66 books for us to read today (and for people to continue to read until the end of time) so we can best understand what He intended.
Spend some time in prayer thanking God for looking out for you. He brought together the Bible like one big love letter just for you so that you can know him better and you can see how much He has done just so you can be with him.
Next: Luke 1:5-7