And so it begins…a page is turned in our Bibles, but centuries are turned in history. From the last phrase of the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, until the first word of the New Testament there were about four hundred years. The voice of God had not been recorded in all that time, not a whisper, a song, or a shout. These are referred to as the silent years. There had been no angel visits, no thunder claps that carried God’s Word.
There is not one mention in Scripture of the voice of God speaking during those years. Yet, history had been written in advance as the prophets foretold the workings of God. The prophecies are so detailed that they are convincing proofs that God’s Word is true. Daniel outlined in meticulous order the events that would frame the centuries, and yet it does not tell us that God spoke even once during that season between the Testaments.
But the silence of God does not equal the absence of God. He was working. He is always working.
But then…what a difference a day makes.
We never know when an ordinary moment will be interrupted with an extraordinary moment. So often it happens “suddenly” and those “suddenly” moments alter eternity.
And that is exactly what happens as the Gospel of Luke begins.
There are four Gospel records and each carries a different emphasis:
Matthew begins with a genealogy that goes back through the kingly line of David. The major theme of this Gospel is that Jesus is a king, the greatest of all kings, the King of Kings in fact.
The Gospel of Mark starts almost immediately with Jesus serving. Mark simply opens the door for us to view Jesus at work. Mark brings to light the heart of the One who came to serve. The main message of this Gospel is that Jesus came as the suffering servant. There is no genealogy recorded but that would be typical. The heritage of a servant did not matter to people.
Luke presents Christ as the Son of Man. It gives us fine details about His birth and the only story of His childhood. It walks us through the line all the way back to Adam. The name “Adam” means “man.” The book of Luke is filled with human interest. It shows us the very human side, the Son of Man side, of Jesus.
The Gospel of John proclaims in no uncertain terms that Jesus is the Son of God. The first words are “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word. Jesus is God!
We are going to journey through the pages of Luke. It will be helpful, healing, and heartening. It opens with the first message of God in over four hundred years.
But add this: In the last chapter, it tells us that Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scripture.
Ask the same.
Now are you ready?
Let us begin.