THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE! Blessings upon the Word as we begin to Study the Book of Luke…

A very sincere and huge “THANK YOU” to each of you for your responses and words of encouragement to my family surrounding the “going home” celebrations of our Joy and her sister, Linda. Your words were so special I cannot begin to express what they did for my soul. Again, “THANK YOU.” I love each of you more than I can say. 

Returning to our regular weekly message, in this glorious Christmas season, we shall explore the birth of our Lord and the wonderful things that were beginning to happen at that time for all of mankind – namely, the expectancy around the arrival of John the Baptist and our sweet Jesus. ❤️

I will use the Book of Luke as the primary source as we go forth for a while. For some context: Luke was a physician and a Greek Christian and the only known Gentile author in the New Testament. He was a close friend and companion of Paul the Apostle, who personally wrote more of the New Testament than anyone. Luke also wrote the Book of Acts. He wrote the Book of Luke around A.D. 60 and the Book of Acts between A.D. 63 and A.D. 70.  He wrote these before the destruction of the Temple in Israel and the capture or destruction of many Jews present at that time. 

My Bible study notes say: “As a Medical Doctor, Luke knew the importance of being thorough. He used his skills in observation and analysis to thoroughly investigate the stories about Jesus. His diagnosis? He clearly states ‘THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS TRUE.’ You can read Luke’s account of Jesus’ life with confidence that it was written by a clear thinker and thoughtful researcher.” That Luke was an “outsider,” a critical thinker, and a truth seeker makes his work incredibly profound. He ultimately focuses on Jesus’ compassion for the brokenhearted, the sick, the bereaved. He also pulls women in ministry into the light.

In Chapter 1:1-4 he begins with, “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” 

Theophilus was a friend of Luke’s, new to the faith, that needed reassurance of the path he’d chosen.

Luke begins with angels appearing to Zechariah, and then to Mary, telling them of the upcoming births of their sons. From Zechariah and Elizabeth would come John the Baptist, who would prepare the way for Jesus – the child Mary would conceive by the Holy Spirit – the Son of God. 

John means “the Lord is gracious” and Jesus means “the Lord saves.” Both names were prescribed by God – not chosen by human parents. Note that these ordained lives were shaped before conception even with names they would grow into and personify. Through the divine plan of bringing these babies into existence, God begins his ultimate act of saving His people in this fallen world… our Father would show us His Love in an inconceivable way. 

We shall pick up the holy story, through the lens of Dr. Luke, next week.

As usual, we pray for all of those in ‘war’ today. The men, women, and children of Israel, Gaza, Palestine, Ukraine, and Russia. And for all, everywhere, engaged in physical or spiritual challenges. May our God of Love be with all and bring peace to our earth.❤️🙏

Love to each of you as we look to our Lord of Love for direction and guidance. ❤️

Poppa B.