Luke 1:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Luke 1:1, NIV: "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,"

Luke 1:1, ESV: "Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us,"

Luke 1:1, KJV: "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,"

Luke 1:1, NASB: "Since many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,"

Luke 1:1, NLT: "Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us."

Luke 1:1, CSB: "Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us,"

What does Luke 1:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Contrary to criticism and myth, Christianity has never been a matter of "blind faith." Even in the early days after Jesus' resurrection, facts and information were key in leading others to accept the gospel. Luke, for his part, recognizes those other efforts and feels that his perspective is valuable. Luke traveled with Paul (Acts 16:10), possibly serving as his doctor (Colossians 4:14). This account is Luke's personally-researched, carefully organized account of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:2–3).

Luke's motive for writing this historical research is to inspire confidence (Luke 1:4). That which Christians believe about Jesus is true: eyewitness accounts and facts confirm it. This is the perspective Luke wants to impress on those who read his work. They should see these records and be reassured that what they've been told about Jesus' life is true. While the book is directed to a specific person, Theophilus (Luke 1:3), a reasonable trust in truth is a universal need for all believers.