I’m a self-confessed bookworm, and I love books so much. I even starve myself just to save money to buy a good read. What then is a good book? For me, it is a book that I can relate – a book that when I read, I could say, “This is for me.” Another factor that I would consider is the author, is he/she credible? How many books he/she have written? What are the readers review says about his/her books? So before I would buy a book, I really make sure that it is worth a place in my shelf.
I finally have my personal Bible last year (August 2011), but I can somehow say that I was able to read some parts of it and memorized some verses since my Bible camps when I was a kid and up until my Theology classes in College.
Currently, I’m about to read the book of Luke. I know a lot of good verses from this book, but I never knew the author. Who is Luke?
Here’s some of my researched facts about Luke,
- He is a Greek and the only Gentile Christian writer of the New Testament.
- Luke was a faithful friend and travel companion of Paul.
- He wrote the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke.
- Some discredit Luke’s Gospel because he was not one of the 12 disciples. However, Luke had access to historical records.
- He carefully researched and interviewed the disciples and others who were eyewitnesses to the life of Christ.
- He is not only a historian but also a medical doctor.
What is this book all about? How different it is from the rest?
Here’s my researched answer:
The Gospel of Luke gives emphasis on the humanity of Jesus Christ and his perfection as a human. Jesus was the perfect man who gave the perfect sacrifice for sin, therefore, providing the perfect Savior for humankind.*
I’m also into Joshua Harris’ Dug Down Deep, a book based on the verses from the book of Luke. Just like the author, I’m so used with the verse that says, build your house in a rock, and just like Mr. Harris as I try to dig down deep, I find myself unearthing what I believe and why it matters.
Now is the time for me to dig into the word, stop researching, see and experience it myself. Time to appreciate and live with the investigations of Luke. I can even say now that this book is indeed for me, so that I may know the certainty of the things I have been taught. It is written,
“3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” – Luke 1:3-4
August 1, 2012, our first day of class for Training for Victory, a ten-week program that will eventually help believers deepen the relationship with God and be equipped and empowered disciples of Christ. In this training, we are encourage to read a chapter in the Bible a day and to write our insights about the words of God. For a writer and a self-proclaimed bookworm in me, this is an easy task, BUT I believe this is not a task or a habit. Knowing God and seeking Him is a lifestyle, a privilege, and a devotion.
And as I dig down deep to experience the best foundation – the life of Christ, through His words – the Bible, I know I will surely love to read and write some notes. As a nurse, I believe this will be the greatest nurse’s notes I could ever write. This time, I will start taking notes from the doctor in the Bible – Dr. Luke.