What does the Bible claim about Jesus?
Who was Jesus and why did he come?
How can you know that the story of Jesus is true?
Those are big questions – questions this website is attempting to tackle. You may have heard a lot about Jesus, and come across the various opinions and controversy surrounding him, but there’s nothing quite like encountering Jesus for yourself in the careful record of the Bible. Luke’s account is a great place to start.
Luke’s Gospel is one of the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry, among the four ‘Gospels’ in the New Testament. The author Luke, was a physician and a friend of the Apostle Paul, who wrote his snapshot of Jesus’ life in the early 60’s AD. He outlines his historical ‘method’ in his opening lines:
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.” (ESV Bible)
So Luke wrote an ‘orderly account’ compiled through careful research, in order that his friend Theophilus (and us too!) might know for certain about the things he has been taught about Jesus. His Gospel is a compilation of eyewitness accounts, with his own observations, put together in a logical fashion.
From the Discovery Channel, SBS documentary, or on-line news report or opinion piece, there are many places to go and hear about Jesus; and at times plenty of historical inaccuracy and conjecture too. Luke wrote down his account to set the record in place. We need not go elsewhere than the original sources themselves, and get the facts straight from there. Why not read it for yourself? (read on-line here at the ESV Bible)
Author: AJ Buchan, August 2015.