During the 50 years following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, many of the eye witnesses of Jesus’ ministry were dying off, so that there were fewer to tell of this awesome event.
Luke was a great believer in Jesus and recognized that His story must be documented and written down so that future generations would be able to read and study the true story of these events exactly as they happened. Luke interviewed many of the eye witnesses he could locate, those men who actually were present when Jesus was teaching and healing the people of His day.
We don’t know exactly with whom he talked, but we can conclude, because of his education and training, he was very careful to get the facts of what people saw and heard Jesus, Himself, teach, and of the miracles He performed. I’m sure he talked with those whom Jesus healed of leprosy, and those who saw Him make the blind see again, and the lame walk again, as well as those who saw Him cast out evil spirits and bring the dead back to life.
Luke was trained as a medical doctor, and as his thorough accounts of Jesus’ ministry in the gospel of Luke, and in the Book of Acts clearly show, he was well-organized and careful to present the true story of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that Dr. Luke was a Gentile, not a Jew, but his writings were of such exceptional quality and presentation that they were chosen to be included in the Bible.
In this week’s lesson, we read of Luke’s account of the Angel Gabriel appearing to a young virgin woman, telling her she had been chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, whom she was to name Jesus. Please read this scripture in Luke 1:26-33. Quite naturally, Mary was afraid and wondered how this could happen to her, a humble girl of Galilee.
In verses 34-35, Mary had some good questions to ask. Please read this scripture. Gabriel told Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,” meaning the conception would happen apart from the normal biological process. The term, “Most High,” emphasized God’s part in Mary’s conception. He “over shadowed” Mary to cause her to miraculously conceive Jesus. He came as the Son of God.
Mary surrendered to God’s Will (Luke 1:36-38.) She said: “May it be done to me according to your Word.”
Mary was overjoyed. In verses 42-48, she said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of our Lord.” We, too, should praise God for our blessings. We may be powerless, but with God’s help we can do whatever He calls us to do. Praise the Lord.
Like Mary, we should rejoice over knowing the truth about who Jesus is and tell others about Him.
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by me.” This means that if we want to go to heaven one day, then we must believe in Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His glorious resurrection. We must repent of our sins and ask God to forgive our sins and give us his gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
If you have not had the privilege of accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I pray you will. Come to the church of your choice –– a Bible-teaching, believing church, and ask the pastor to lead you to accept Jesus. He will be overjoyed to do this for you. Then you can be sure of where you are going when you die — to Heaven to live forever!
I pray you attend church this next Sunday. Jesus will be waiting with open arms to receive you!