Ps Anthony preaches our first sermon in our new series working through Luke’s Gospel at Redeemer Church. Luke tells us why he went about writing this work in the opening passages of his Gospel: he wanted to investigate and compile an account of Jesus, his words (of the 1,151 verses 586 of them are Jesus’ words) and works and what he has accomplished. And this narrative isn’t just about capturing historical events but to give certainty to Theophilus, and everyone else who loves and is loved by God, that Jesus is the Lord.
The gospels aren’t fables or myths but the true story Jesus. “ I know what they are like. I know that not one of them is like this. Of this text there are only two possible views. Either this is reportage—though it may no doubt contain errors—pretty close up to the facts; nearly as close as Boswell. Or else, some unknown writer in the second century, without known predecessors or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern, novelistic, realistic narrative. If it is untrue, it must be narrative of that kind. The reader who doesn’t see this has simply not learned to read.” C.S. Lewis