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John's Birth Announced - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 2 of 94
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Luke 1:5-25
Jan 13, 2002 am - Today, with the Lord's blessing, we'll continue our study of the Third Gospel. Last time, we looked at the Preface and learned that Luke's story is a studied and accurate history of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he got it from the men who knew Him best, and that he wrote it so that everyone who believes in Christ would "Know the certainty of those things in which he was instructed". The Christian faith is not built on hopes and wishes, superstitions and fairy tales. It is built on Truth-the things we believe really happened. Luke wrote his Gospel so we would know that. That was the introduction to the story; now we move on the story itself-and what a story it is! THE TIME It begins "in the days of Herod, king of Judea". This is Herod the Great, who ruled from 40 to 4 B.C. He was a puppet of the Roman Empire and one of the bloodiest and most hated men of his age. He was the man who ordered the killing of the little boys in and around Bethlehem. He was such a scoundrel that no one mourned his death-not even his family! ZACHARIAS AND ELISABETH The story, though, is not about Herod or the other public men of the time, but of an obscure couple who lived in the hills of Judea. The man was ... More >>>


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