You Have an Appointment
There is one appointment none of us will miss. In fact none of us will even be able to be late for this appointment. "It is appointed unto man once to die and after this to face judgement." Hebrews 9:27. There is nothing more certain than death and nothing as uncertain as the time of dying. We should therefore be ready at all times for that which may come at any time.
Beware of Greed
Someone in the crowd urged the Lord Jesus to help him obtain from his brother a better share of the inheritance. The Lord responded with a warning: "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:13
Life is More Than Possessions
And He told them this parable: There was a rich man - a productive man who had plenty. He had power and prosperity and possessions and could live for pleasure - "Take life easy, eat, drink and be merry."
But God said to him: "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get, what you have prepared for yourself?"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God.
"That you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed." Luke 1:4
Who Was Luke?
Dr. Luke was the "beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14), a close friend and traveling companion of the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:11). Paul describes Luke as: "my fellow labourer" (Philemon 24). Luke was a scholarly and well-read Gentile author. He has proved to be a meticulous historian, often giving details that helped identify the historic context of the events he described (1:5; 2:1-2; 3:1-2; 13:1-4). Luke is clearly observant, analytical and careful in his records, and one of the finest historians of his day. Luke is the only history writer in the New Testament. He writes in a polished high standard of Greek and shows particular interest in medical phenomena, giving high profile to Jesus' healing ministry.
Church historians Eusebius and Jerome identified Luke as a citizen of Antioch, one of the largest cities in the world at that time. It was at Antioch that the first Gentile church was established and where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. It is also from Antioch that the first Mission, that of Paul and Barnabas, was launched. Luke was part of Paul's missionary journeys from the time of the Macedonian call through to his awaiting trial in Rome (Acts 16:10; 20:6; 27:1; 28:16).
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45
Who was Mark?
John Mark was born in Cyrene in Africa, of the tribe of Levi. While John (Johanna) is a Hebrew name meaning The Lord has shown grace, Mark comes from the Latin Marcus. John Mark was a cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10) and of the apostle Peter. His mother, Mary, played an active role in the early days of the Church in Jerusalem. John Mark received an excellent education and was fluent in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. He had the privilege of growing up in a God-fearing home and surrounded by the leaders of the early Church.
"…And on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
Who Was Matthew?
Matthew (meaning gift of the Lord) was from the tribe of Levi (9:9), a tax collector who left everything to follow Christ (Luke 5:27-28). Matthew describes himself as a tax collector (10:3) who became one of the Twelve Apostles.
A Manual for Discipleship
The Gospel of Matthew is the fullest, most comprehensive, systematic and orderly account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Matthew is a Manual for Discipleship.