Tradition tells us that the third Gospel, Luke, was written by a physician. This seems likely when we pay attention to how carefully he tells the story of Jesus. He has done his research well, and he provides lots of interesting little details that the other Gospels don’t mention. His goal was to provide a well-documented account of the life of Jesus Christ.
Luke shows Jesus—fully God and fully human—moving among the people in compassion to free them from the myriad of things oppressing them. The disregarded, the outcast, the forgotten and the marginalized all got to see and experience the love of Christ—even if Jesus had to confront the Jewish leaders to do it. Luke reveals that God is no respecter of persons; He opened His heart to the needy through the kingdom ministry of His Son. The Son of Man who heals the sick, raises the dead and calls the prodigal back is also the transcendent God who calls all people to Himself in salvation.
Luke also demonstrates through the genealogy and birth of Jesus that He has the right to claim the title of Son of David, the Messiah and King. Throughout the book, Jesus opens people’s minds and hearts to who He is—just as He did on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. In Luke’s Gospel, God is not an abstract deity. He can be touched and known.
As a master storyteller, Luke helps us understand that this story can change us forever.
Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes in the book of Luke. May you be blessed by it!