Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14
Saint Luke was a man of many talents, author of the third Gospel and the book of Acts. He was a missionary assistant to Saint Paul, who refers to him as “our dear friend, Luke, the doctor” (Colossians 4:14). He has the distinction of being closest to the apostle when the latter needed him the most. “Only Luke is with me” Saint Paul wrote when his fatal captivity in Rome drew to a close (2 Timothy 4:11).
Saint Luke is best known to us through his Gospel in which he records the highlights of Jesus’ birth (his account of Christ’s nativity is a classic), life, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Under the inspired direction of the Holy Spirit he set forth these events for a definite purpose—not as a mere biography but as an account of what God did to effect the salvation of sinners through the redeeming, sin-atoning merit of His Son.
People who in ignorance, or out of intellectual pride, dismiss the sacred writings as carelessly thrown together, and therefore full of inconsistencies, even contradictions, should examine Saint Luke’s prologue to his Gospel. They should note how carefully he proceeded. He investigated, he interviewed eyewitnesses, he arranged his material in proper order—all for the purpose of presenting a clear Christian witness to his friend Theophilis. All the while the Holy Spirit was at work in the author to make sure that only the truth—the truth of Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord—was set forth.
God’s great blessing rested on this Gospel. As Saint Luke, a Gentile, was gained for the Christian faith through the testimony of others, so he was God’s instrument for bringing in many more converts from the Grecian world.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for Saint Luke’s witness to Jesus, my Savior. Amen.
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