Hope is Gone:
During the time period between the end of the Old Testament and the coming of Jesus, many of the people in the nation of Israel began to lose hope. They began to give up. The waiting was too long. The people of Israel were carried away into captivity. They were no longer a people. They lost their identity. They were captives in foreign lands. “Where are you God? You said you were going to send a Messiah to deliver us and set us free.” One hundred years. Two hundred years. Three hundred years. Four hundred years went by. No Messiah. No fulfillment of the promise. People began to lose their faith and walk away from this God who had promised all of these wonderful things. But not everyone.
In the Gospel of Luke chapter one, we encounter two people who were found faithfully waiting, even though there were no external signs that what God’s promises would ever come to pass. Maybe there have been times where you feel like God has been silent or inactive. It seems like He hasn’t been doing anything in your life, and you wonder, “God, what’s going on? Where are you? Why aren’t you answering my prayers? Why aren’t you fulfilling the things that you had promised to me?” If that’s you, then this story will offer you hope.
The Author: Luke:
Luke was a physician who accompanied the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys. After becoming a follower of Jesus, Luke began an investigation of the details surrounding the life of Jesus. He wrote, “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled a 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.” (Luke 1:1-4). The Gospel of Luke is the first part of a two-part volume (along with Acts) that was written by Luke.
The thing I love about the Gospel of Luke is how this intelligent and educated man included a lot of historical, political and geographical information in his story. Because of this, we can place the Bible alongside of secular history to make comparisons and see how it fits into the timeline of history. We can see that there are no inconsistencies or errors with the history or geography of the Bible, and if we can trust what it says about the past, then we can also trust what it says about the future.
Pastor Chris Jordan