Morning Devotion: Read Luke Chapter One

Introduction: Luke 1:1  Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

The book of Luke is a very special book in that it gives us a very clear record of the birth of Christ both from a medical and historical point of view and the personal point of view Mary.

The book of Luke records for us the Christmas songs of Elizabeth, and Mary.

Luke was not of the twelve disciples named in the gospels. Mark 3:15  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 16  And Simon he surnamed Peter; 17  And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: 18  And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 19  And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

Luke was most likely a gentile. In Colossians chapter four Luke is not listed with those of the circumcision, making evidence of his gentile background.

Yes, God uses all kinds of people for His wonderful work. Luke was a physician, even more so a very intelligent scientific person. He was a faithful friend of the Apostle Paul and accompanied him on his second and third missionary journey.  

One of the laws of canonicity or proof of authenticity of a book of the bible is that the author had to have seen the Lord Christ alive after His resurrection. Some believe Luke was the nameless person who was on the road to Emmaus when they met Jesus.  

Luke records that he saw the Lord Jesus. Luke 1:1  Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

In this book and the book of Acts, Luke writes to a person called Theophilus. His name means friend of God. Theophilus may have been a lawyer or one who was involved in Paul’s case while in prison at Rome.

Luke 1:1  Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Acts 1:1  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Luke writes to Theophilus as if he was giving testimony or deposition. He writes stating he had perfect understanding from the very first and that Theophilus may have perfect understanding of what happened in Paul’s life. Luke gives the whole account, with certainty, from the beginning. What a blessing.

The phrase “from the very first” is in the Greek written as “from above” as in John 3:31.

John 3:31  He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Yes, by Devine revelation from God, Luke writes that he had seen these things from the very first and confirmed by God and they are certain.

You can be assured that the word of God is certain and that Jesus in fact the Son of God born of a virgin as we will read in the coming days.

Let me encourage you to read the gospel of Luke and blessed by the truths therein. If you have opportunity read Luke 24:13-35. It is the account of Jesus on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection.

Shortly after that encounter Jesus met with His disciples and said: Luke 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

My friend, Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day for you. He wants you to be saved. If you are already saved, employ yourself in the work of the Lord. Share God’s good news of salvation to those around you. Look for opportunities to give someone this great news. Christmas is the reason for the season.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook