- Jesus Christ's
- The Birth
"And it came to pass in those days, that
there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world
should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius
was governor of Syria.)
- And all went to be taxed,
every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage
of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great
- And so it
was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
- And she brought forth
her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and
laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the
- And there
were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord
came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid.
- And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great
joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this
day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
- And suddenly there was
with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were
gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,
Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is
come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
- And they came with haste,
and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And
when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which
was told them concerning this child." (Luke 2:1-17)
- The Gospel
According to LUKE
- There is little doubt
that the author of this book is Luke, "the beloved physician"
- He was a Gentile who
is thought to have been a native of Antioch. He accompanied Apostle
Paul from Troas on his second missionary journey but remained
in Philippi until Paul returned there on his last known missionary
expedition (Acts 20:6).
- They seem to ye been
close companions up until Paul's death (2 Tim. 4:11). Paul referred
to him as "fellow-worker" in Philemon 1:24. The introductory
remarks (Luke 1:1 -4) indicate that there were other written
accounts of the events surrounding Jesus' life, death, and resurrection
that existed at the time this book was written.
- Apparently, as Luke
gathered wealth of information from "eyewitnesses"
that he had come in contact with while traveling with Paul, the
Holy Spirit burdened his heart with the need to compose another
Indeed, Luke does provide a more complete history than
the other Gospels. He records twenty miracles of Jesus, more
than any other Gospel, as well as twenty-three parables, eighteen
of which appear only in his account.
The Book of Luke also gives special attention to prayer.
The combined Gospels record that Christ prayed a total of fifteen
different times. Luke records eleven of these instances teach
of the other Gospels include four or less [some of the prayers
are repeated]) as well as a significant portion of Christ's teaching
on prayer that is not recorded in the other Gospel.
The book is thought to have been written sometime between
the years A.D. 58 and 60. It is generally agreed that Luke intended
his Gospel to be available to the public, particularly the Greek
public, even though it was initially written to Theophilus (Luke
1:3). The information that is included and the way that the material
is presented indicates that Luke was appealing to the Greek mindset.
The vocabulary and style are so refined that Luke's Gospel has
been compared to various writings of Classical Greek.
Jesus is portrayed in the Gospel of Luke as the long-awaited
Messiah, the Savior of all mankind. Special emphasis is placed
upon the kindness of Jesus toward women, the weak and poor, outcasts,
and those who were suffering. [Source for Introduction of chapter:
Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates,
Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]