I. An Amazing Book “Herod the Tetrarch” 1. Historical Precision
Luke as Historian We can have certainty about the things in the Scripture. (1:1-4) 32 countries, 54 cities, 9 islands government titles “politarchs” of Thessalonica (Acts 17:6) “temple wardens” of Ephesus “procouncil” of Cyprus "first man of the island" in Malta Lysanius tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3)
Politarchs “they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities [Gk: politarchs]” (Acts 17:6) 1865 – inscription on Roman period arch (c. 150 AD) in Thessalonica identifying 6-7 “politarchs”
“The present writer takes the view that Luke's history is unsurpassed in respect of its trustworthiness. At this point we are describing what reasons and arguments changed the mind of one who began under the impression that the history was written long after the events and that it was untrustworthy as a whole.” Sir William Ramsay, Prof. of Classical Archaeology at Oxford
“1.5 minas of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch [Jer. 39:3], which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple] Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of …Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.”
I. An Amazing Book “Herod the Tetrarch” 1. Historical Precision 2. Our lives and destinies have turned on actual redemptive history. That history is precisely recorded (and preserved) in the Old testament, the four gospels and Acts.
II. An Amazing Prophet “John I Beheaded” • Faithful Preaching (Luke 3) • Courageous Confrontation "It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife." (Mark 6:18)
III. An Amazing Savior “who is this about whom I hear such things?” Herod “heard about the fame of Jesus” (Matt. 14:1) Jesus is compelling
Luke 9:7-9 An amazing book records the Savior. An amazing prophet foretold the Savior. An amazing Savior compels a response.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell.”
“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C. S. Lewis
The Gospel According to Luke “All flesh will see the salvation of God”