October 18, 2006 - St. Luke the Evangelist

[Jesus said,] “Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves…And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” (St. Luke 10:3, 9)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. Thank the Lord for St. Luke! For by the Gospel he has written, the Kingdom of God has come near you. St. Luke was determined to write an accurate history of the things Jesus said and did in His earthly ministry, as well as what the Holy Spirit did through the preaching of the Apostles to the ends of the earth. He did this so that those who had been taught the Gospel of Christ might have a faithful written record, which reinforced what they had heard in preaching and teaching.

Thank the Lord for St. Luke! He is one of the men that the Holy Spirit used to publish the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth. St. Luke carefully listens to the eyewitnesses of Jesus birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. St. Luke is used by the Holy Spirit to write down for us the Good News of Jesus' life and death in our place. He records Jesus' words and work, which the Lord spoke and did for our salvation. St. Luke, in the Gospel that bears his name, has given us a record of the salvation accomplished by Jesus for us.

Thank the Lord for St. Luke! He didn't just stop at the cross or grave. He didn't end his writing with salvation accomplished. He also recorded salvation delivered! St. Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. In this book, he records the preaching of Jesus by the apostles, the conversions of Jews and Gentiles, and the ministry of St. Paul, who brought the Gospel of Christ to the very heart of the Roman Empire. In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit, through the writing of St. Luke, teaches us God's grace in saving us through the preaching of the Holy Gospel, through Holy Baptism, and through the Lord's Supper. The Holy Spirit teaches us what the church is and how He has founded it: upon the preaching and teaching of Christ by the apostles.

Thank the Lord for St. Luke! The Gospel that bears his name and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles are the Lord's gifts to us so that we may hear the Good News of salvation in Jesus and be pointed to where that salvation is given to us in His holy, Christian Church. Thank the Lord for St. Luke! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 17:1-20; St. Matthew 14:1-21
Festival Readings: St. Luke 10:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:5-15

Pastor Mark Buetow (Buetowmt@gmail.com) served Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Orleans for almost 6 years until Hurricane Katrina forced the congregation to release him. He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky and is awaiting another Call.