Having just finished this book in our couples Bible Study, I’m amazed that just starting my reading in it again produces so much wealth in word to comment upon. Maybe part of this is my missing the regular conversations with two of my closest friends this past year: one, my good golfing buddy, who moved with his wife to be close to family in New Jersey; and the other who shared many of my common ideas, who when to be with the Lord a couple of months ago. Anyway, even a great time with family over Thanksgiving left me thinking that there is a great void in meaningful conversation in my life….at least with those who share a common view on these things.
Anyway, maybe more reflection on that in the future. For now I write a couple of short blog posts to those who don’t read my blog, all from just this opening chapter.
It is amazing the words that Luke and John use to describe their writing in both the opening of the Books of Luke and Acts and at the end of John’s gospel. I’ll let you look up your own commentary if you wish.
Luk 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
Luk 1:2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
Luk 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Luk 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Act 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Act 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Joh 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
Joh 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Joh 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Joh 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.