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OK, why didn't anyone tell me the calendar wasn't showing!?!??! I realized tonight I never shared it publicly. Sorry about that, now you can see where we're heading.
I saved Luke to last because from here we'll go into Acts another book believed to be written by Luke. I love how he opens this book:
1 Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. 2 They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.[a] 3 Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write a careful account for you, most honorable Theophilus, 4 so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.
It is believed by many scholars that Mark was the first of the Gospels written and that Matthew and Luke used Mark to build their Gospels. It is also believed that Luke spent a great deal of time interviewing eye witnesses to the events that took place. Verse 4 really drives home Luke's purpose: 'so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.' Certainty that Jesus was born through the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on a cross and rose again. He then ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father awaiting the time that He will return!
Chapter 1 is full of some many good stories. I love Zechariah and Elizabeth and the shock Elizabeth must have felt when she realized she was pregnant. For Mary and how it must have felt to hear those words from the angel, "Greetings favored woman!" Talk about shock and awe!
You may have noticed a new tab up above. A few years ago our Pastor shared with our Sunday School class these questions to ask ourselves as we study scripture. If you're ever unsure what to comment feel free to use the questions as a starter.
I also wanted to include this video of a wonderful song, here sung by Don Moen