Summary: Introducing Luke's gospel, considering the background and purpose, as well as the first four verses.
What is significant about the date 9-11-01?
Do you remember where you were when it happened? What kind of impact did that event have on the world? What changed because of it?
It’s safe to say that the terrorist attack that destroyed the WTC on 9-11 was a world-changing event, right? Maybe not to EVERYONE in the world...but in terms of the shape of the world’s larger civilizations and superpowers,...everything has been shaken.
The way we travel, the privacy we’ve lost, or sense of security... the whole world economy has all been impacted to some degree or another by the events of that day. Governmental policies changed, wars ignited…multitudes have lost their lives or way of life. And since that day, there have been countless books and articles and documentaries and movies made to investigate what happened, why it happened, what the results have been. Partly because its important for us to try and understand it...partly because we want it remembered so that future generations can learn from it...partly because we’re STILL experiencing the effects of that day.
When something like that happens...we FEEL the weight of it’s importance...and we also feel the sense of obligation to record it...because people under the age of NINE did not live through it…yet their world is SHAPED by it. So a book or documentary which recounts the events and ramifications of that day are pretty important documents, wouldn’t you say?
There was another event, which occurred about 2,000 years ago…
It was an event that took place over the span of 33 years, and was even more world impacting than the events of 9-11.The thing that is amazing about that event is the seeming insignificance of it at the time it happened...the incredibly understated way in which it all occurred…yet it is something that has shaped the very world we live in now...the world prior to this event was a completely different world.
This event changed the standard for world rulers and governments...it revolutionized the human race’s understanding of the importance of equality and freedom….of human dignity and human rights.
It is the direct root of all modern charities and relief organizations, of all hospitals and rehabilitation and recovery groups, like Goodwill or AA…The emphasis to educate our children and the advancement of arts and literature and music are all directly related to this event, as well as the advancement of civil liberties.
A lot of wars and horrible things have happened that have their origins in this event as well...things that have shaped the world in very undesirable ways…
but whether it’s the intended application or the twisted use and abuse of it...one thing is constant…and that is, this event is the ground zero of all those changes.
What event are we talking about? It’s incredible...it strains at the edges of what we could consider believable….but the news that comes to us from 2,000 years ago is that God appeared to the human race as ONE of us!