The Gospel of Luke: a commentary & meditation 
"That you may know the truth"

Scripture: Luke 1:1-4

1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, 2 just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent The-oph'ilus, 4 that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.

Meditation: What would you give to know the fulness of truth?  Jesus Christ is the "way, the truth, and the life." Luke's introduction to the gospel is unique among the four gospels.  Luke speaks in the firstperson.  He addresses his friend, Theophilus, a name which means "beloved of God".  In so many words he says, "I am writing to you the most incredible story humankind has known."  And this story is utterly believable because it comes from reliable firsthand witnesses of those who knew Jesus Christ personally, heard his teaching, and saw his miracles, death and resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father in heaven. The word "gospel" literally means "good news".  The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ and the freedom he has won for us through his death and resurrection. The gospel is God's word for us today! It's is a living word that has power to change, transform, and bring freedom and healing to those who accept it as the word of God.  Are you hungry for God's word?  And do you receive it with expectant faith and trust?

"Lord Jesus, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings us grace, truth, life, and freedom. Fill me with the joy of the gospel and inflame my heart with love and zeal for you and for your kingdom".

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