Traveling with Luke

I’m not even to Chapter 1, and Michael Card has already given me a lot to digest. This week I am reviewing Card’s newest book, Luke, the Gospel of Amazement. Don’t forget to leave your comments this week for your chance to win a copy of Card’s book.

Albeit perfunctory, I admit I was first amazed at Card’s knowledge of the Greek language. The book will appeal to a more educated audience than I expected.

We are still spending some time getting to know Luke as an author. Luke is believed to be the author of Acts, as well. There, he is Paul’s companion through myriad missionary adventures. Without stretching our imagination far beyond the information  we already possess, it is a safe assumption that Luke spent a good deal of time on the road. Indicated by use of the pronoun “we,” Luke joined Paul in Acts 16. From there we follow the pair on an attempted journey to Macedonia. Luke details their stops in Samothrace, Neapolis and Philippi.

This is getting a little confusing (as does the book here) but draw back with me again to the book of Luke. Beginning in Luke 9, fully 40% of his narrative tells of Jesus’ determined journey to Jerusalem. Perhaps Luke enjoyed travel? Luke gives us a sense of urgency not felt in the other gospels. We are going somewhere, and we are intent on our destination. Consider Christ’s purpose, His foreknowledge of His death and His unwavering decision to fulfill His Father’s will.

How will this trivia serve us as we journey through his story?

Card finishes his focus on the Major Themes of Luke by presenting the gospel as a bridge. Just as the imagination is the bridge between the heart and mind, Luke, he says, serves as a literary bridge. Thankfully, Card provides the information we need to make that mental leap. Without the external facts that Michael provides to his audience, it would be dangerous to use our imagination on the Bible.

Luke As A Bridge

1. A literary bridge – some believe that Luke’s gospel was origninally a cover document for a collection of Paul’s letters to be used at his trial

2. A generational bridge – spanning from the first generation of Christian believers (eyewitnesses) to the second generation (those who had only heard of this wonderful Jesus)

3. A bridge between leadership styles – the church being led by one perfect leader, Christ, into the church that is led by many decidedly imperfect leaders, under the direction of the Holy Spirit

4. A bridge between testaments – the Old Testament world in which faith meant waiting in expectation like Simeon, and the world in which having faith means following the Messiah who has come

Interesting, huh?


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