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Did you hear what Jesus did?

Have you ever heard something that seems so unreal to be true? If it happened long ago, they’d be considered myths because there is no evidence to support the story. That was the case for Theophilus, as word was spreading about Jesus and the miracles performed. He was intrigued and wanted to know if everything said really did happen or if it was just a tall tale told around campfires.

What do we know about our pal, Theo, well he is either a businessman or by his title, “Most Excellent Theophilus,” possibly held a prominent position in the Roman government. Either way, he was wealthy and could afford to fund an investigation. He was acquainted with Luke, perhaps Luke was his doctor, and inquired of him, something like…

“Hey, doc, so did this Jesus really heal leprosy? Is that even possible? You’re a smart guy, I’ll pay you to investigate and verify the stories.” – which was a risky venture to participate in while being a high-ranking official in Ceasar’s government.

Luke, being a Gentile himself, didn’t grow up with the faith, didn’t attend synagogue, didn’t know anyone personally that knew Jesus, and Jesus had already been crucified and supposedly ascended some years before. However, there were still eyewitnesses alive that could confirm the actual events. Both of them being skeptics, Luke agreed to conduct interviews and report his findings back to Theophilus.

Luke visited the same places Jesus did and found the eyewitnesses. He became a historian writing down all the events they described in an orderly fashion. Eventually, he composed a letter to Theo reporting his findings and confirmed, everything they had heard about Jesus was absolutely true.

After discovering the truth, Luke became a believer in Christ. At that time, the Apostle Paul was planting churches all over the world and Luke traveled with him as his personal physician, using his gifts of Doctor, investigator, reporter, and writer to assist his brothers in the body of Christ. Galatians refers to him as “The beloved physician of the apostle, Paul”

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