October 18, 2022 – Luke 1: 1-4 – Always About Jesus

Today we will be reading from Luke 1:1-4:

1 Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3 I, too, decided, as one having a grasp of everything from the start to write a well-ordered account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may have a firm grasp of the words in which you have been instructed.

Today is a feast day of St. Luke, a day dedicated to honoring this saint of the church.  Luke is a person of huge influence; he wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.  There is a lot that we can commend about Luke, but here is among the primary things. 

Luke is a Gentile.  He is the first “non-Jewish” author in the Bible.  All of the Old Testament writers are Jewish, as well as Matthew, then Mark, John, and so and so forth.  

What is significant about the gentile-ness of Luke is this, he has no history with the faith; he has no “reason” to cling to the faith as the Jewish believers.  Luke has come to Jesus, not through any history or purpose, but he came to Jesus through faith, and faith alone. Luke wants us to know that we can trust Jesus; we have eyewitnesses, we have Luke’s account, and we have all of these things pointing us to Jesus. 

Luke is a doctor; his account is detailed, and he wants you to know, to really know who Jesus is.  And the reason why he wants you to know who Jesus is because Jesus is how we are saved. 

It’s always about Jesus.  Always about Jesus. 

Always about Jesus. That’s what Luke shows us. That’s what Luke wants us to know.  And that is our hope.  Our hope, our salvation, our all in all. It’s always about Jesus.  

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