The power of The Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Luke
is in its divine authorship, but that is combined with the authorship
of a respected doctor and historian. Luke's sources were eyewitnesses
to the events in the gospel. His "orderly account"
contains historical details and precise descriptions. The order
and flow of the book clarify Jesus' purpose and integrate his
actions and teachings, such as his embodiment of servant leadership.
Luke, writing to the Greeks, does not assume that his audience
is familiar with the Old Testament or even the land and customs
of the Jews. He includes references and explanations to aid their
comprehension. On the other hand, he does not avoid the Old Testament,
for his goal is to "draw up an account of the things that
have been fulfilled among us." He links prophecies in the
Old Testament to Jesus and shows how those prophecies have been
Furthermore, Luke involves his readers in the life of Jesus.
He shows the personalities and everyday activities of Jesus and
the men and women who follow him. The readers watch the disciples
struggle with Jesus' identity and find themselves asking the
same questions the disciples ask, "Who is He?" Jesus'
claims of divinity run counter to the naturalistic worldview
of many of our readers, yet they are drawn to the One they meet
in this gospel. They often come to "wish it were true,"
and can then do some serious thinking about the truth of Jesus'