“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)
The introduction of Jesus as the son of Abraham, the man God blessed to father His chosen people, and David, the king after God's own heart, immediately draw up prophecies and promises made to Hebrews or followers of Judaism. However, all of this is only pertinent and meaningful information to a Jewish audience who would have been well versed in the Old Testament salvation history, its prophesies of a redeeming Messiah, and its promise of the restoration of David's kingdom.
1. “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him” (John 1:10-11).
2. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
There only two responses to Christ as He walked the earth, are the same two responses to Christ we have today.
“...it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4).
In his prologue, Luke, like any good academic writer, states the purpose for all the time he spent researching and producing the longest surviving account of Christ's life and death: to under-gird the assurance of believers (specifically Theophilus) in the truthfulness of the traditions of Jesus that he has been taught with a full account of the life of Jesus (Howell, vii-viii).
What are Luke’s sources & his stated method of production for Luke-Acts?
Luke clarifies his method of production utilizing a collection of sources for his two-volume work (Howell, vii-viii):