Luke was a physician and a devoted companion of the apostle Paul. He is credited with writing the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Luke’s gospel is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Jesus’ life and teachings.
Here are 5 reasons why you should read this amazing book today.
Reliable Historical Account
Firstly, Luke was a physician and a companion of the apostle Paul (Colossians 4:14). He carefully studied and investigated all the accounts of the Gospel story and therefore, presented a holistic picture of Jesus (Luke 1: 1-4).
The Gospel of Luke provides a detailed and comprehensive account of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it provides a good starting point for anyone interested in learning about the life of Jesus.
Focus on Jesus’ Humanity
Luke not only presents a detailed account of the birth of Jesus but also includes the events leading up to it. He includes stories such as Gabriel’s message to Mary (Luke 1:26-38), the visitation of the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20), and Anna and Simeon meeting Jesus at the temple (Luke 2:22-40).
Luke also emphasizes Jesus’ humanity more than any other Gospel. He records Jesus’ childhood and interactions with people in great detail. This gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ compassion, empathy, and understanding of human struggles.
Emphasis on Healing
As a Physician, Luke offers a particular focus on Jesus’ ministry of healing through various encounters and shows us His power and mercy. We see the power of Jesus’ touch and His ability to restore broken lives when He healed the leper (Luke 5:12-16) and restored sight to the blind (Luke 18:35-43).
Answers to Today’s Questions
Luke offers answers to some of our very pressing questions today. He highlights Jesus’ concern for the marginalized and oppressed in our society. He emphasises on compassion (Luke 10:25-37), inclusion (Luke 15:1-7), and the transformative power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18-19)
Luke also shows us the significance of women in Jesus’ ministry. For instance, Luke shows the faithful women who supported Jesus in His mission (Luke 8:1-3) and the women who were the first to find Jesus’ tomb empty (Luke 24:1-3).
The Universal Message of Salvation
Lastly, Luke presents Jesus’ message as one of universal salvation and the offer of forgiveness and redemption to all people. Luke portrays Jesus as the Saviour who came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and who gave his life as a ransom for many (Luke 22:19-20).
He emphasises the value of repentance, faith, and the transformative power of encountering Jesus.
Luke’s research on Jesus’ humanity gives us a unique perspective on the life and ministry of Jesus. Ultimately, Luke presents Jesus as the universal Saviour who offers forgiveness and redemption. We also see the transformative power of encountering the Saviour of the world.
Let this encourage you to read the Gospel of Luke today and be blessed by the wealth of knowledge and wisdom found in it.