Bible Heroes—Luke

What do you know about this writer of one of the four Gospels? What about the book of Luke itself? If your answer is “not much,” then dive into your Bible by going to the book of Luke to read his account of Jesus’ life for yourself!

  •  Luke (the book) is the forty-second book of the Bible.

  • There are 24 chapters, 1,151 verses, and 19,482 words in it.

  • Luke was a doctor.

  • You may have always thought that Luke was one of the 12 apostles, but he wasn’t.

  • The name “Luke” is Greek in origin, and it appears only three times in the New Testament (Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:11; and Philemon 24).

  • According to Bible scholars, Luke never married, and he died at the age of 84.

  • Luke was a Gentile, which means he wasn’t born Jewish.

  • He was the only gospel writer who did not meet Jesus personally.

  • He was one of Paul’s traveling companions. Read about their experiences in Acts 16-21.

  • Luke remained with Paul until Paul died, which wasn’t the case with most of Paul’s companions. Read 2 Timothy 4.

  • The book of Luke is unique in that it gives the most complete report of Jesus’ ancestry, His birth, and His growing-up years.

  • Speaking of Jesus’ ancestry, Luke’s account of that traces it all the way back to Adam! That’s pretty fascinating!

  • Of the four Gospels that talk directly about the life of Christ, Luke is the longest.

  • Could you sum up 30 years of Jesus’ life in one verse? Well, Luke did—read Luke 2:52!

  • Some key terms in the book of Luke occur frequently: (1) Son of man—26 times, (2) Son of God—seven times, (3) kingdom of God—32 times.