The Gospel of Luke: The Four Gospels as Social Media
The Gospel of Luke was penned by the Grecian physician of the same name. Luke was a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul on many of his missionary journeys. Paul’s companion was also the only non-Jewish (a Gentile) writer of a New Testament book. Dr. Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.
The Gospel of Luke was written for a Grecian of high standing, Theophilus. Luke states he wrote Theophilus this gospel “so that you may know the exact truth” of the life of Jesus Christ as the perfect savior of the world. He wrote to a Greek audience to present Jesus in His perfect manhood as the “Son of Man,” the Savior of all men.
This gospel is the longest gospel of the four. And for good reason.
First it is an exact account of Jesus’ life. Secondly, Luke was Greek. Thirdly, Luke wrote to a Greek audience.
Why does that matter?
Because Greece was the intellectual capitol of the world.
Grecian philosophy (Aristotle, Epicurus & Pythagorus) was and is still well known.
Grecian philosophers talked.
They read, studied, researched and dove deeper into all aspects of life more abundantly than any other society, as a whole, for many centuries. It was engrained in their culture. Their DNA had a philosopher molecule.
This was a normal part of Grecian society and since Luke was Greek and his audience was too, it makes sense that his gospel was the longest and most in depth of all the gospels.
This is why I call The Gospel of Luke the Youtube of The Four Gospels as Social Media. Youtube has an unbelievable amount of content. By the time you finish reading this article, over a few hundred hours of video will be posted on Youtube.
A few hundred hours in just a matter of minutes will be shared with the world. Youtube has over a trillion views each year.
A Trillion people served.
McDonalds wishes it could serve a trillion people each year.
When it comes to mobile views, over a billion a day.
A billion views on cell phones. Each Day!!
Did you know that every month, over 1 billion different people use Youtube.
Youtube, by far, has the most content of any of the other three social media platforms in this example.
That is why I call the Gospel of Luke, the Youtube of The Four Gospels as Social Media.
It’s got everything!
As missionaries, we need to utilize Social Media better so that more people can learn about the God that created them, loves them and sent his one and only Son to die for them, so that they can have eternal life because of their faith in Jesus.
The Four Gospels as Social Media: A Short Recap
Matthew: Written by Levi, who was also called Matthew, for a Jewish audience. The phrases and terminology used by Matthew in his gospel would have been easily understood by Jews who knew their religious history. Matthew proved that Jesus was from King David’s lineage and was the Messiah the nation of Israel was seeking. If one did not know anything about Judaism, one could still learn about Jesus and his kingship over Israel and the world. However, the better one knew about Judaism, the better one could (can) understand about The Gospel of Matthew.
The Gospel of Matthew is like Google+ as a social media example. Google+ is more difficult to understand and not many people use it, but once you learn it, most people enjoy it. Similar to Matthew’s Gospel. Not many people truly understand the phrases and layout found in Matthew. However, the better you understand Judaism, the more alive Matthew’s Gospel becomes. From a theological point of view, The Gospel of Matthew is more technical, but becomes extremely rich when you understand why Levi wrote the way he did. That is why I say the Gospel of Matthew is the Google+ of The Four Gospels as Social Media.
Mark: Written by John Mark, who went by his middle name. This is the first Gospel written. It’s also the shortest of the four Gospels. Mark probably wrote his Gospel at the request of the Apostle Peter while they were in Rome. This is important to know because of who Peter was and what Rome was like around 64 A.D. Peter was the impatient disciple. He wanted to do things immediately. Rome was the military center of the world in the first century. And everyone knows that military societies are about efficiency, speed and quickness.
Mark’s Gospel is not only the shortest of the four Gospels, but straight to the point. Jesus is Christ. Mark uses the word “immediately” 34 times in 16 chapters. The first century reader would understand his point: Accept Christ immediately and share his Gospel quickly, “time is a wasting”.
For this reason, I call the Gospel of Mark the Twitter of The Four Gospels as Social Media. When you send a message on Twitter (called a tweet), you only have 140 characters, not words, characters, to speak your mind. Do it now. Do it quickly.
John: Written by the disciple whom Jesus loved, the Apostle John. John was the only disciple to die a natural death. He died in the late 90’s A.D., possibly in 100 A.D., of old age, on the island of Patmos, which was his “prison”. When he wrote the Gospel of John, he was the last remaining disciple of Jesus Christ. And he wrote it about 30 years AFTER the last gospel was written.
So there was a gap of almost 30 years from Matthew, Mark & Luke’s Gospel’s to John’s Gospel. A lot can happen in 30 years…and a lot did happen. Most notably: Israel was completely destroyed and disbanded by the descendants of Ishmael who were soldiers in the Roman Empire. Israel, as a nation, was wiped off the face of the earth in 70 A.D. However, after World War II in 1948, which was 1, 878 years later, Israel was re-established as an independent nation.
Matthew’s Gospel was written for a Jewish audience. Mark’s Gospel was written for a Roman audience. Luke’s Gospel was written for a Greek audience. John’s Gospel, however, was different.
John, being the loving 90 something year-old man that he was, wrote his gospel, to the entire world. His book was penned for everyone on the face of the earth. Jew. Italian. Greek. Viking. Celtic. Thai. Chinese. African. Russian. Atheist. Satanist. Animist. Everyone. Everywhere. The Gospel of John is, hands down, the easiest and most beautifully written gospel.
He wrote, like I stated above, like your 90 year old grandfather would write to his children, grandchildren and great-great-great-great-grandhildren (I could keep going, but you get the point).
His book was like Facebook.
It was meant for the world. Everyone. Everywhere. Facebook is the most popular and easiest to use social media platform of them all. That is why I call The Gospel of John the Facebook of The Four Gospels of Social Media.
(Note: Please understand that I fully believe all the Gospels are meant for everyone, everywhere. This is just a simple analogy to help people learn the purpose of each Gospel in relation to four social media platforms.)