Luke provided window into Jesus’ early life

Beloved doctors … we all have had them or we all know of them.

Any one my age who grew up in Clovis remembers Dr. George Prothro as a beloved doctor. When my sister and I were sick, Dr. Prothro would even make house calls. My mother would feel better about us just knowing Dr. Prothro was there.

Takeshi Kanno a physician at Shizugawa hospital in Minami Sanriku, Japan, could be considered a beloved doctor. When the tsunami warning came in for the coast of Japan some weeks back, 31-year-old Dr. Kanno took courageous measures to save what patients he could from the great water wave coming. With only minutes to work, he moved patients in imminent danger from the first floor to the third floor of the hospital. He tended to the patients on the third floor the next 72 hours until helicopters arrived to evacuate survivors. Dr. Kanno refused to leave until all patients were airlifted out.

We all respect physicians who are highly skilled, have wisdom, understanding and compassion. He or she may be a long time family doctor or one in an emergency situation but we admire and respect them. Such is the case with Dr. Luke who the Apostle Paul refers to as the Beloved Physician. Dr. Luke did not necessarily perform a heroic feat and he did not have the resources of Dr. Prothro. Yet Dr. Luke’s contribution to the record of Jesus is highly prized.

Luke’s account of the young boy Jesus is the most thorough that we have in the Bible. Luke wanted to give an accurate account in all the things. In his own words he wrote: “I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account… so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. “(Luke 1: 1-4)

As a result of Luke’s thoroughness, we have the most extensive account of the birth of Jesus. Naturally a doctor would be interested in this event – a virgin conceiving, having a child, and giving birth in a stable stall.

Dr. Luke also gives a sweet story into the family life of Jesus when He was 12. The family had travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover. After the three days of festivities were over and they started home, Mary and Joseph thought Jesus was in the crowd of the children of other travelers and they were just playing all along the way. They thought He was with friends or cousins. But when Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not in the group, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days, they found Jesus in the temple, talking to the teachers of the Jewish law. Luke records that the teachers were amazed at the boy Jesus’ insights and answers.

Mary thought Jesus was lost. She said in essence, when they found him, “Don’t you know that we’ve been worried sick?” Jesus answered, “I was about my Father’s business.” Yet Jesus willingly obeyed and left with Mary and Joseph. (Luke 2:41-48)

No other book in the Bible gives us such an account of Jesus as a growing child. In Luke 2: 52, he wrote: “Jesus increased in wisdom, and stature and in favor with God and man.” From Luke’s account we know that Jesus as a boy grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. Luke’s description of the boy Jesus covered all the matters of interest in regard to a growing child.

Today we can be thankful for Luke, the Beloved Physician, and this extraordinary window on the Savior’s early life.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

cbrandon@plateautel.net