A Letter From Luke (Part 1)
This will be the beginning of my journey through Luke. Some of my friends are staying in Cookeville, TN over the summer and we have decided to journey through Luke together. So how we are going to study Luke is go through a chapter a week and then summarize the chapter as a whole. Our summaries can be anything we want them to be. So I have made mine into a story, or letter, that explains what happened in Luke. Here is the first chapter. I hope to be updating these each week. Enjoy.
I am writing to you to inform you of what has happened thus far among us. This account is exactly what happened for I have confirmed it before many different people. It all started with a priest named, Zacharias, and his wife Elizabeth now they did everything that the Lord had commanded them and were righteous in the sight of the Lord. Elizabeth was barren and had no children of her own. But one day that all changed when by “chance” Zacharias was randomly chosen to burn incense to the Lord in the temple. Upon arriving into the temple Zacharias was met by the angel, Gabriel. Zacharias was greatly troubled and afraid when he saw Gabriel, but Gabriel told Zacharias, “not to fear for I have come to tell you news that your wife, Elizabeth, will have a child. And you will name him John. John will be great in the sight of the Lord. And the Lord will use him to turn many people back to the Lord their God. This child will prepare the way for the Lord.” But Zacharias doubted Gabriel’s word, considering how old he and his wife were. But Gabriel reaffirmed to Zacharias that his wife will have a child. And from that moment on Zacharias was unable to speak for he had doubted Gabriel’s message. When he left the temple many were amazed knowing that Zacharias had seen a vision yet was unable to tell of it because he could not speak.
Sometime later Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth. There we find Joseph and his fiancee Mary, who is a virgin. Gabriel came to Mary and said to her, “You have found favor in the sight of the Lord, and behold you shall have a son, whom you will name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will make him King over everything. And He will reign forever.” Mary then asked, “How can this be since I am only a virgin?” But Gabriel comforted Mary saying, “Don’t you worry about that, with man nothing is possible, but with God all things are possible.” And Marry, who was not concerned about her status or reputation knowing that she was not married and still claimed to be a virgin, responded with faith saying, “May it be done to me according to the Lord’s will.”
So both Elizabeth and Mary became pregnant and they would spend several months together. Until it was time for Elizabeth to give birth to her son. When here son was born there was much quarreling about what to name him. Many said that he should named after Zacharias, after all the Jews usually named their sons after their fathers. But when they looked to Zacharias and asked him he wrote on a sheet of paper, “John”, and it was then that Zacharias was able to speak and he went on to prophesy about his son, John, who will prepare the way for the coming Messiah. And so John would begin to grow and he became strong in the Lord, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.