What Jesus Did! 'A Gospel for God-seekers' — Luke 1:1

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dear Theophilus, Many people have tried to give a history of the things that happened among us.
— Luke 1:1
Illustration of Luke 1:1 — Dear Theophilus, Many people have tried to give a history of the things that happened among us.

Key Thought

Theophilus means friend of God. We can't be sure whether the name refers to an actual person or if it is symbolic to speak to each person who is seeking to live as a friend of God. Luke does want us to know that his gospel is written after many other accounts of Jesus' life have been written. His story is about the work God had accomplished through the events of Jesus' life. Of most importance for us, this is our invitation to seek after God and to honor him with our lives. Jesus promised that if we seek after him, we will find him! Let's accept that invitation and open our hearts, both to God and to his work through his Son.

Today's Prayer

Father, as I start this New Year, I want to know you more fully through what Jesus did in his earthly ministry so that I can serve you more fully in my daily life. Please reveal Jesus to me as I study his life from the gospel of Luke this coming year. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Dear Theophilus, Many people have tried to give a history of the things that happened among us. They have written the same things that we learned from some other people—the people that saw those things from the beginning and served God by telling people his message. I myself studied everything carefully from the beginning, your Excellency. Then I thought I should write it for you. So I put it in order in a book. I write these things so that you can know that what you have been taught is true.

Luke 1:1-4

Related Scripture Readings

So I tell you, continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, if a person continues asking, that person will receive. If a person continues looking, that person will find. And if a person continues knocking, the door will open for that person. Does any of you have a son? What would you do if your son asked you for a fish? Would any father give his son a snake? No! You would give him a fish. Or, if your son asks for an egg, would you give him a scorpion ? No! {You are like all other people}—you are evil. But you know how to give good things to your children. So surely your heavenly Father knows how to give the Holy Spirit to those people that ask him."

Luke 11:9-13

All the people were filled with fear. They began praising God and said, "A great prophet has come to us!" And they said, "God is taking care of his people." This news about Jesus spread into all Judea and into all the places around there.

Luke 7:16-17

The law was given through Moses. But grace and {the way of} truth came through Jesus Christ. No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like.

John 1:17-18

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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