Today we begin a three week journey through the gospel of Luke. Luke will include some details that are not found in the other gospel accounts. The first chapter is full of details surrounding the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus. It had been 4 hundred years since the last prophet had come to Israel. Heaven had been silent for 4 centuries until suddenly an angel is dispatched from heaven to the temple in Jerusalem with great news. A child was about to be conceived that would be the forerunner of The Messiah.
Six months later, that same angel was sent to Nazareth to tell a young virgin that she was about to conceive and bring forth the Messiah that had been promised for thousands of years. This first chapter records the birth of John and the prophesies of Zacharias and Mary. Luke sets the stage for the birth of Jesus, His ministry, death and resurrection. May this gospel account speak to our hearts these next three weeks.