THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO

LUKE

The Greek name "Kata Loukon" translates to "According to Luke"

Luke means "Light-giving"

Luke was a Greek physician, author of the Biblical books of Luke and Acts, traveling companion of the apostle Paul and always the meticulous historian. His writings were so carefully researched that archaeologists trust him virtually without question in his accuracy, and have used his writings to locate lost Biblical sites. Whenever his historical references have been in question, later discoveries have again proven him to be 100% accurate. And to date he has never been proven wrong.

Luke is believed to have been a Gentile according to Paul's letter to the Colossian Church. Paul acknowledges that Luke is there with him, but not listed as one who is of the circumcision (Jewish).

Colossians 4:10-14

10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),

11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

13 For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.

14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.

The book of Luke is essentially summed up in a single verse:

Luke 19:10

10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Luke presents Jesus as the Son of Man, emphasizing Jesus' ancestry, birth and early childhood before carefully moving chronologically through His earthly ministry. He shows the growing faith of those believing in Him as well as the growing opposition of those determined to destroy Him.

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