Happy New Year!
As we roll into the new year at Messiah, we will dig deeper into the Gospel of Luke. Luke provides this interesting account of Jesus through the eyes of eye witnesses. At the very beginning of Luke, he introduces us to his reason for writing this letter about the life of Jesus and the experience we receive.
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 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 Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:1-4)
Luke desires to write “an orderly account” so that we “may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” Jesus is always important to study, especially as we are his followers.
As we see through the eye witnesses the experience of Jesus, we will see that the way of Jesus is often not how we would expect. He uplifts the poor and lowly. He humbles the proud. Ultimately, he shows us the way of God’s Kingdom of that of a cross and serving one another.
Often, we find ourselves doubting how God is working in our life, especially when things don’t seem to be going our way. As we dig into Luke, we see that in those tough circumstances, that is exactly where Jesus works best. Jesus works in our experiences that seem backwards and broken. He works forgiveness and restoration. This message, Luke proclaims as he describes the Life of Jesus.
I pray that you will dig into this deeper with us so that “you may have certainty in the things you have been taught,” truly grasping the love of Christ for you in all circumstances. Read along with us. Questions to help you reflect on Luke will be posted each week at messiahtampa.com/read and will be in your bulletin. Take them home, think about them and talk about them as you dig deeper into this incredible story.
God’s Peace, Pastor Mark