Our new sermon series on Luke’s Gospel begins this Sunday with an introduction to the story of Jesus, the man born to be king. We have titled this series, “The Coming of the King.” We will discover anew how Luke (as well as John, Mark and Matthew) is a master storyteller. Luke begins his story by promising his reader, Theophilus, an orderly account of certain events based on the testimony of witnesses.
We will find that Luke’s account describes a “promised king” and a “hidden king” who becomes a “servant king” and a “glorious king.” Luke and Matthew are the two Gospel writers that offer us infancy narratives about the Coming King. Luke’s Advent story features shepherds and angels, no room in the inn and a baby laid in a manger. Our knowledge of this story may be informed more by Christmas carols than the biblical text. So it is good to read and study again the account Luke has made for us. Listen again this season to the narrative that has been called, “The Greatest Story Ever Told."
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Luke 1: 1-4
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 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.