Whereas Matthew begins with genealogy and Mark begins with a declaration harkening back to the Genesis 1, Luke begins in the historians way: “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us…” Luke, commonly thought to be a doctor, looks at the story of Jesus from the view of history and he makes it a history. But not just any history. Luke shares with us the history of the true LORD of all.
Kyrie, the Greek word for Lord, has an important religious history that plays itself out in the Gospel of Luke. In the Hebrew Scriptures, there are of names for God, but the most important by far is referred to in Hebrew as Hashem (or the word) and in Greek as the Tetragrammaton: YHWH. Some people pronounce the name but this is deeply offensive to Jews so I try to avoid it.
Alright, hopefully you are staying with me. In worship, when reading the name, in Hebrew it is referred to as Adonai, which means Lord, and Kyrie in Greek. In all of the Gospels, Jesus is referred to as Adonai, but this takes place most especially in the Gospel of Luke.
Here in this Gospel, we have a deep connection to God the Father. Much of the time, this can be missed if you go into the Gospel thinking Luke is a historian and thinking that Lord is a secular term instead of a deeply religious one.
Luke is also full of songs. The first chapter with the annunciation of Mary and Benedict contain two of the most beautiful songs in human history (fight me!). The parables throughout Luke are deeply rich, including the Prodigal Son.
Luke is also the same author of Acts and we see in that book a continuation of many of the themes in this Gospel. It is an exciting practice to read Luke-Acts together, seeing the ways that the words of Jesus carry into the life of the early church. And for us today, we can look back to see how the words of Jesus, the reality that Jesus is Lord and God, can effect and impact us today.