Q: Who is Doctor Luke in the Bible? A: He was Paul's Best Friend
God created each of us to join with Him in the good work He does. There is a special job that he has for each person who loves the Lord Jesus.
“For we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10
Luke Had Many Special Jobs
The missionary, Paul, had a friend named Luke. Because Luke believed in and loved the Lord Jesus Christ, God gave Luke a special job to do. Luke was a doctor. As a doctor, one of Luke’s jobs was to help sick people.
But God had something even more important for Dr. Luke to do. God chose Dr. Luke to be Paul’s special friend and to go with him on his trips to far away places. God wanted Paul to have a special friend; someone to keep him company and to help him. Dr Luke was happy to do the work God had planned for him.
Luke traveled with Paul to preach the gospel in Macedonia. At the time Paul lived, there were no hospitals or ambulances. Paul made long trips as a missionary – far from home to tell people about Jesus Christ. There are many stories about the times Paul was beaten, whipped, and stoned by angry people. Paul probably needed the help of a good doctor many times to take care of his wounds. What a help Dr Luke was to our missionary Paul!
Being a doctor and a traveling companion to Paul were not the only jobs God had for Dr Luke. God wanted Luke to write down exactly what happened as Paul taught the people and the churches grew. Paul and Dr Luke traveled to many towns together; Luke watched and listened, and he helped his friend Paul. God helped Luke remember the names of people, the places they visited and the words that Paul spoke. Then Luke wrote it all down on a scroll. Luke’s words are in our Bibles today in the book called Acts. The word “acts” means the actions that were done or the events that happened.
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Luke Recorded Many Important Events
It is because Luke did the work God planned for Him that he was able to write about Paul being put in prison. Luke wrote about the time they went to the temple and healed a lame man at the front door.
Luke was with Paul in Philippi when, down by the river, they found a small group of women. A woman named Lydia made beautiful fabrics. And when Lydia heard Paul speak about Jesus, she believed. She asked Paul and his friends to come to her house and baptize her whole family. Then they had a big dinner. Lydia was very special, so Luke wrote her name in the book of Acts.
Dr. Luke also was there when a young man named Eutychus fell asleep while Paul preached and when Eutychus fell from the third story window down to the ground, Dr. Luke was there to pronounce Eutychus dead. Luke was also the doctor who claimed Eutychus alive after God used Paul to bring him back to life.
In the book of Acts, there is also a very exciting story that I would like to share with you… Paul and Luke were on a ship, traveling a very far distance. The ship was a great big ship, carrying merchandise to be sold for money.
At first, sailing was slow because the wind was blowing the wrong way and they had to make many stops. At one point in the voyage, Paul told the captain “I can see that this will be a dangerous voyage. The cargo will all be lost, and so may our lives.” But no one listened to him.
The ship continued sailing. Soon, a violent wind gushed and drove them very far out into sea. They could no longer see the shore or the cities, but only sea and sky. A storm rose up and became very violent.
To help prevent the ship from sinking, the crew tossed overboard their tools, equipment and all the merchandise to be sold for money. They were scared that they may not make it through the storm. The storm was so fierce, the sun did not shine for a long time – daytime looked like nighttime.
Paul then spoke to everyone “last night an angel from God stood by me. The angel said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You will arrive in Rome. God has granted safety to all the men sailing with you.’ So, I say to you, men, keep your courage. I have faith in God. It will be just as I have been told.”
For 2 whole weeks the ship was caught in a storm. Finally, the sailors saw land. Unfortunately, they did not see the land in time and the ship ran into large rocks and busted all apart! All 276 men aboard the ship were shipwrecked on a little island called Malta. The danger did not end once they stepped on shore – a poisonous snake bit Paul! Good thing Paul’s friend Dr Luke was there to help him!
It's all about Jesus
Paul and Luke finally reached Rome after being shipwrecked on Malta for 3 months! While Paul was a prisoner in Rome, Luke was a faithful friend and stayed with him. While Paul was in prison he wrote many letters to the new churches – both Paul and Luke were doing the work God had planned for them – writing parts of our Bibles!
During his travels with Paul, Dr Luke talked to everyone who walked with Jesus and people who were healed by Jesus. Luke carefully wrote down everything they told him. God planned for Luke to be the one to hear and write about Jesus.
Dr Luke wrote an account of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is called the Book of Luke. It is because of Luke’s obedience to God in writing for the Bible that we know that Jesus’ first night was spent in a manger. Nowhere else in the Bible does it say “And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
God gave very important jobs to Paul and Luke, and they did their jobs just the way God planned. We have parts of our Bible today because Paul and Luke did the work God gave them to do.