Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (
There was a man sitting in the midnight of paganism. He had tried visiting the altars, offering sacrifices, bowing to images of gods and goddesses—yet, none of this brought satisfaction. The shadow of guilt in his soul grew deeper, and the stain darker. He was well-educated, but had no knowledge of the True God. He had money and status but was morally bankrupt and had no right standing with Holy God. He was according to
Ephesians 2:11 a man, “having no hope and without God in the
Then he heard a little Jew preach about Christ, and a shaft of Gospel
light pierced his heathen heart—joyfully
the hope of heaven dawned in his soul as he received Christ.
The Jewish missionary was the Apostle Paul and the man was a Gentile physician named Luke. That same hope which transformed Luke’s life became his message and mission to share. So, he writes two books, Luke and Acts. In the first four verses, we have an introduction to his Gospel. That same message of hope for the world is the one we proclaim.