Luke lived in the city of Antioch, Syria in 50 A.D. He was highly educated in both medicine and as an historian. He was a Gentile, non-jewish. He was most likely a worshipper of the Greek and Roman gods, or perhaps, as one trained in the sciences, he had little time for superstition and religion. But, when the message of Jesus spread to Antioch, Luke’s inquisitive mind was attracted to the story of Jesus, and at some point he became a dedicated follower of Christ. Eventually Luke met the great missionary, the Apostle Paul. He became a frequent traveler with Paul, and his personal physician.
Being a gentile with no background in the scriptures, and being a second generation follower of Jesus, Luke wanted people who had never been eyewitnesses to Jesus, and who lived far away from Israel where the story of Jesus happened, to know the evidence behind the claim that Jesus was the Son of God sent to be the Savior of the entire world. Luke used his education as a researcher to go to Palestine and personally interview people who had seen and heard Jesus. Then, Luke wrote the longest biography account of the life of Jesus, and as a true historian documented the story of Jesus with dates, places, names of specific people, and rulers of the day. His purpose was to pass on to future generations the certainty of those things that Jesus actually taught and did, and to convince that Jesus is indeed the Savior.
We begin a series on The Story of Jesus according to Luke in January. There is no more engaging story in all the world than that of Jesus, and no one who presents it better than Luke. Luke will show us that the message of Jesus addresses the needs of our our world today - Jesus’ concern for the downtrodden, the poor and oppressed, for women and children, for victims of racism, and ultimately that the way to salvation and eternal life is through faith in Jesus. We will follow Luke’s story line through all 24 chapters through the month of June. This series is for seasoned Christ-followers, or for seekers who are just getting started in their own investigation of Jesus. You are invited to take this journey with us.