Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 1:1-38
Today begins our journey in Luke.
This first chapter is like a drum roll as it foretells of two coming births — that of John the Baptist and Jesus.
But the verse that stood out to me the most are the actual words of Luke at the outset.
Since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus. (Luke 1:3)
Luke is writing a letter to Theophilus. And his letter bears importance, too, because Luke went to the trouble to “carefully investigate” everything himself. The stories that Luke is about to share are the stories he researched. Luke interviewed the disciples, spent time with Paul, and likely conversed with Mary.
Even though Luke worked as a doctor, Luke approached the task of writing this letter the way a journalist would go about researching an important story. Indeed, this story is the most important story in history. And Luke knew it.
No doubt, Luke knew that some other disciples were writing their own letters to record their accounts of Jesus’ life and testimony. So Luke could have shrugged his shoulders and said: “I’ll let the other disciples do the writing. Their stories should be enough. Why should I just repeat what they’re already saying? How could I add anything more? Besides, it’s not like I was one of ‘the twelve’!”
Thankfully, Luke didn’t feel this way. He understood that his account was important too. His words would both complement and add to the other writings.
Luke’s story mattered because everything Jesus did mattered.
Too often, though, we sometimes listen to that voice of doubt that says: “Why should I tell my story? Plenty of other people are writing theirs. I’ll just let them do the writing.”
But we’re called to be a living testimony to the grace and mercy we’ve received in Christ. And because of everything Christ has done for us and in us . . . our stories matter too.
We bring glory to God when we offer our words as a living sacrifice of praise.