Luke - Sundays
During the autumn of 2021 we will continue our studies in Luke on Sunday mornings. I found a really helpful introduction which I have shared below. It gives a great overview of Lukes gospel and why it's important to focus in on a particular gospel writer, not just take the story as a whole. I hope it's helpful.
Opening up Luke’s Gospel by Gavin Childress
Why do we have four Gospels? Would the world be a worse place if there were no Gospel of Luke? Some might feel that one biography of the Lord Jesus would be enough. By way of analogy, we see depth in creation around us because we have two eyes and a brain that puts the two images together. Thus we see in three dimensions! The Gospels reveal Jesus not from three, but four viewpoints. Each one gives us a slightly different perspective on the life of the Saviour. Together, these perspectives give us the fullest and most complete picture of the Son of God. The Author A reader of Luke’s Gospel will quite reasonably ask, ‘Who was Luke and why did he write this?’ Luke was not among the twelve disciples of the Lord. We know that he was a doctor. In Colossians 4:14, Paul called him ‘the beloved physician’. He probably came to faith during one of Paul’s missionary journeys. In the Acts of the Apostles (also written by Luke), we discover that the author seems to have lived near to Troas in Asia Minor (Acts 16). Luke trusted in the Lord Jesus, and began to accompany Paul. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke enters his own narrative but then, quite suddenly (in Acts 16:10–17), the reader encounters the word ‘we’ in describing Paul’s travels, indicating that Luke had joined the apostle Paul.
Luke provides a very full picture of the life of Christ, setting out material from eyewitnesses and applying painstaking attention to detail (see 1:3). We know that, when writing the Acts of the Apostles, Luke took great care to get historical, political and geographical details right. We can therefore be confident that the same scrupulous accuracy has been applied as Luke wrote his Gospel. Let us learn to trust our Bibles!
Luke seems not only to have been a painstakingly accurate historian, but a faithful believer and loyal friend, as is evident from the writings of Paul. The apostle wrote his second letter to Timothy as he prepared to stand before Caesar, approaching the end of his life. Having spoken with a broken heart of so many brothers who deserted him when he most needed them, he writes, ‘Only Luke is with me’ (2 Tim. 4:11). Introducing the Gospel of Luke The Gospel of Luke gives us a large amount of material not found in the other Gospels. Of the total 1,151 verses in this Gospel, 499 are found only here. Of these, 261 are the sayings of Jesus.
If there were no Gospel of Luke, we would have none of the following: Some parables found only in Luke The Good Samaritan; The Rich Fool; The Barren Fig Tree; The Wedding Banquet; The Prodigal Son; The Dishonest Steward; The Rich Man and Lazarus; The Persistent Widow; The Pharisee and the Publican; The Ten Pounds (or ‘minas’) Some accounts found only in Luke Zacharias and Elizabeth (1:5–80); The birth of John the Baptist (1:57, 58); The shepherds of Bethlehem (2:8–20); The widow of Nain’s son (7:11–17); The seventy sent out (10:1–12); Mary listening as Martha served (10:38–42); Ten lepers healed (17:11–19); Zacchaeus (19:1–10); The dying thief who believed (23:39–43)