One of the most fascinating studies for this writer has been examining the writings of Dr. Luke.  His gospel and the Acts of the Apostles give us much insight into the skilled and analytical mind of this Gentile author.  Probably converted under the preaching of the Apostle Paul, Luke presents Christ in his gospel with the mindset of a Greek – the perfect Man.  That was in keeping with the Greek culture in which mankind was deified with beautiful statutes of Apollo, Venus, Athena and Diana as opposed to the ugly representation of gods and goddesses in the Egyptian and Asian religions.  However, it was impossible to present any form of man made sculpture in a state of perfection. Only the humanity of Christ could fulfill the demand of perfection. Though the Greeks considered themselves superior to other peoples in matters of intellect, philosophy and art, Paul reminds us that when Truth is rejected, that of  the Person and work of Christ on the Cross to pay the sin debt of mankind to a righteous God, man always gravitates to manufacturing his own deities … “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (Rom 1:22-23 NIV).  Thus Dr. Luke sets before his readers all the facts, authenticating his message after a thorough examination. He will use medical terms such as “auto opsomai” [as in autopsy] and “huperatai” [an intern of the Great Physician]. “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:1-4 NASB). Thus, Luke gives us the most detailed explanation of the virgin birth of Christ, and is the only gospel writer to mention eighteen of the twenty-three recorded miracles of Christ. He reaches a pinnacle with his account of the resurrected Christ speaking to the discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus. In recording the Magnificat from the perspective of his medical training, he gives us insight into the mental and emotional state of Mary upon the announcement that she is pregnant of the Holy Spirit to bring the Messiah into the world.  "My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, for He has had regard for the humble state of His bond slave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name” (Luke 1:46-49).  Skilled no doubt in obstetrics and pediatrics, the doctor illumines us to the present and prophetic happenings upon the birth of Jesus.  “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths [burial cloths], and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 NKJV). Luke medical records reveal that Jesus was circumcised on the eight day, that “the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40) and that at age twelve, He was discovered missing from the family caravan returning home from Jerusalem. “And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.  And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers” (Luke 2:46-47 NASB).   

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