Why I love Luke so much

February 5th, 2009

The Book of Luke is my favourite NT book. It was the first book I read as a new Christian many years ago and it is the one I recommend to to new Christians today. Here are a few reasons why I love Luke so much.

1. Jesus’ whole life – Luke starts with the announcement of His birth and ends with Him ascending to heaven. It covers Jesus life, ministry, teachings, relationships, miracles and commitment to the Father’s will all the way through.

2. God’s love for the one person – Luke is the only gospel that records the parables of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7), the good samartian (Luke 10:25-37) and the lost son (Luke 15:11-32). This shows us God’s love and concern for the single person. It shows His heart to restore them to wellbeing and to fellowship with Him.

3. Prayer – Luke shows how important prayer was to Jesus and how often Jesus prayed. He prayed after being baptised (Luke 3:21), before chosing the disciples (Luke 6:12) and from the cross (Luke 23:34, 46). Jesus also taught three times about prayer in Luke 11:5-9, 18:1-8 and 18:9-14).

4. The Spirit – Luke mentions the Holy Spirit more than the other NT writers. He emphasises the Spirit was with John from birth (Luke 1:15), the Spirit’s role in Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:35), Jesus following the Spirit’s prompting (Luke 4:1, 14, 18, 10:21) and that Jesus taught the Spirit was God’s gift to us (Luke 11:13).

5. The poor – Luke shows Jesus’ concern for the poor. We see the gospel is preached to them (Luke 4:18, 7:22), they recieve God’s blessings (Luke 6:20), they are invited to the great feast (Luke 14:13,21) and Lazarus being taken to heaven by Angels (Luke 16:20,22).

6. Jesus was really raised – Luke is the only gospel to point out that Jesus ate some fish after He was raised to life (Luke 24:42,43). This was done to show that Jesus was not just raised spiritually or was a ghost. He was raised back to life.

7. It has a sequel – Like any good story it has a sequel. Luke’s sequel is found in the Book of Acts. If you are wondering what happened after Jesus returned to heaven and what His followers did, you can turn to Acts just two books later. This records the story of the early church.

So there you have it. My reasons why I love the book of Luke so much. Looking back now I can see how it has shaped my life and ministry so much. Many of those things mentioned above have been imparted into my life and changed me forever.

If you don’t have a Bible and would like to read Luke you can find it here on Biblegateway.com.