While there are four gospels describing the life of our Lord, the book of Luke is very specific and unique within the gospels. This is evidenced by the many sections of Scripture that are completely exclusive to Luke. The sections that ARE parallel to other gospel accounts will often have a specific slant that aligns with underlying themes. Luke’s account is the only gospel written by a Gentile (and to a Gentile!). It is specifically written to “Theophilus,” whose name means “Beloved of God.” Who was Theophilus? His name appears a second time when Luke writes the Acts of the Apostles to him, but besides that his name does not come up again. Whether Theophilus was a specific individual or represents a group of people, we can trust that this Gospel has been inspired and preserved for all who are loved of the Father, which makes this gospel a very personal message. Perhaps then it comes as no surprise that one of Luke’s main themes is the far-reaching impact of Christ’s message of salvation – to the Gentiles, the women, the poor, the broken, the sick and the sinners – to you, and to me!
Dearly beloved of God, may God be with you in your studies and we pray that you are encouraged and strengthened as you follow the themes of Luke’s message while reading through this gospel account.