The Gospel of Luke is the only gospel that begins with a dedication. Right up front, Luke tells us that what he has written is an “orderly account” of “the things that have been accomplished among us.” That’s an understatement. These things that have been accomplished are unparalleled in human history and are good news of great joy for all the peoples. The book of Hebrews summarizes them like this.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:4).”
These are incredible claims that may sound too good to be true. Which is why Luke wrote this gospel account. To give certainty concerning these things. To eliminate doubt and increase faith in Jesus, who accomplished these things. The good news of great joy for all people is only good news if it’s true news. And Luke wants us to rest assured that the stories are true.
This Sunday Kenny Clark will be preaching Luke 1:1-4 and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare this week? And let’s ask God to give us greater certainty about Jesus filling us “with all hope and joy in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit [we] might abound in hope (Romans 15:13).”
See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
All Things Together by Andrew Peterson