(From: LUKE #1 - l:1-25)
LUKE SUMMARY: A TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE SON OF MAN - JESUS
I. 1:1-4 THE HISTORY OF JESUS BY AN ACCURATE RESEARCHER
E-peiDEper polLOI e-peCHEIre-sana-naTAxas-thai diEge-sin 
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative
peRI ton pe-ple-ro-pho-reMEnon en heMIN pragMAton,
concerning the matters which have been established among us,
kaTHOS paREdo-san heMIN, hoi ap' arCHES
2even as they delivered them to us, who from thebeginning
auTOPtai  kai hu-peREtai geNOme-noi tou LOgou, Edo-xe ka' 'MOI,
were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3it seemed good to me also,
pa-re-ko-lou-theKOti Ano-then PAsin a-kriBOS ,
having traced the course of all thingsaccurately from above,
ka-theXES soi GRApsai, KRAtis-te TheOphi-le;
to write to you in order, excellent Theophilus;
HIna e-pigNOS peRI hon ka-teCHEthes LOgon ten asPHAlei-an .
4that you might know the certainty concerning thewords in which you were instructed.
II. 1:5-80 PREPARATION FOR JESUS THROUGH JOHN
A. 1:5-25 MIRACULOUS BACKGROUND OF BIRTH OF JOHN
1. 1:5-7 HISTORY OF JOHN'S PARENTS
a. 1:5 ZACHARIAS AND ELISABETH SET FORTH
E-GEne-to en tais heMErais HeROdou, ba-siLEos tes IouDAIas,
Therewas in the days of Herod, king of :Judea,
hi-eREUS tis, oNOma-ti Za-chaRIas, ex e-phe-meRIas A-biA:
a certain priest, Zacharias by name, of thecourse of Abijah:
kai guNEauTO ek ton thu-gaTEron AaRON, kai to Ono-ma auTES E-leiSAbet.
and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her :name wasElisabeth.
b. 1:6 THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
Esan de DIkai-oi amPHOte-roi e-nanTIon tou TheOU,
And both were righteous before :God,
po-reuOme-noi en PAsais tais en-toLAIS  kai di-kaiOma-sin tou KuRIou Amemp-toi .
walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
c. 1:7 THEIR FAMILY PROBLEM
kai ouk en auTOIS TEKnon, kaTHOti en he E-leiSAbet STEIra ,
And they had no child, because that :Elisabeth was barren,
kai amPHOte-roi pro-be-beKOtes en tais heMErais auTON Esan.
and both were now advanced in their :days.
2. 1:8-23 GABRIEL PROPHESIES JOHN'S BIRTH AND MINISTRY
a. 1:8-9 ZACHARIAS AT HIS MINISTRY
E-GEne-to de, en tohi-e-raTEUein auTON
Now it came to pass, while he ministered,
en teTAxei tes e-phe-meRIas auTOU Enan-ti tou TheOU,
as priest before :God in the order of his:course,
kaTA to Ethos  tes hi-e-raTIas ,
9according to the custom of the priesthood,
Ela-che  tou thu-miAsai  ei-selTHON eis ton naON tou KuRIou.
his lot was to enter into the sanctuary of the Lord andburn :incense.
b. 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying without at the hour :incense.
kai pan to PLEthos en tou laOU pro-seuCHOme-non Exote HOra tou thu-miAma-tos .
c. 1:11 And thereappeared to him an angel of theLord standing on the right of the altar of :incense.
OPHthede auTO AGge-los KuRIou heSTOS ek de-xiON tou thu-si-a-steRIou tou thu-miAma-tos.
d. 1:12 And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
kai e-taRACHtheZa-chaRIas iDON, kai PHObos ePEpe-sen ep' auTON.
e. 1:13 THE ANGEL'S GOOD NEWS
EIpen de pros auTON ho AGge-los, Me phoBOU, Za-chaRIa: di' HOti ei-seKOUSthehe DEeSIS sou,
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because your :supplication is heard,
kai heguNE sou E-leiSAbet genNEsei huiON soi, kai kaLEseis to Ono-ma auTOU IoAnen.
and your :wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his :name John.
f. 1:14 And you shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his :birth.
kai EStai chaRA soi kai a-galLIa-sis ; kai polLOI ePI te geNEsei auTOU chaREson-tai .
g. 1:15 THE UNUSUAL MINISTRY OF JOHN FORETOLD
EStai gar MEgas eNOpi-on KuRIou, kai OInon kai SIke-ra ou me PIe;
For he shall be great before the Lord, and shall drink no wine nor strong drink;
kai PNEUma-tos HaGIou plesTHEse-tai , Eti ek koiLIas meTROS auTOU.
and shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's :womb.
h. 1:16 And many of the sons of Israel shall he turn unto theLord their :God.
kai polLOUS ton huiON Is-raEL e-piSTREpsei ePI KUri-on ton TheON auTON.
i. 1:17 A PREPARATION MINISTRY
kai auTOS pro-eLEUse-tai  eNOpi-on auTOU en PNEUma-ti kai duNAmei E-LEIa,
And HE shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah,
e-piSTREpsai  karDIas paTEron ePI TEKna, kai a-peiTHEIS en phroNEsei diKAIon ;
to turn the fathers' hearts to thechildren, and thedisobedient to walk in the wisdom of thejust;
he-toiMAsai  KuRIo laON ka-te-skeu-asMEnon .
to make ready for theLord a people prepared for him.
j. 1:18 THE DOUBT OF ZACHARIAS
kai EIpen Za-chaRIas pros ton AGge-lon, KaTA ti GNOso-mai TOUto?
And Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this?
eGOGAR ei-mi presBUtes , kai he guNEmou pro-be-beKUIa en tais heMErais auTES.
for I am an old man, and my :wife advanced in her :days.
k. 1:19 GABRIEL'S SELF-REVELATION
kai a-po-kriTHEIS ho AGge-los EIpen auTO,
And the angel answered and said to him,
E-GOei-mi Ga-briEL, ho pa-re-steKOS eNOpi-on tou TheOU;
I am Gabriel, that stand in :God's presence;
kai a-peSTAlen laLEsai PROS se, kai eu-ag-geLIsasTHAI soi TAUta.
and I was sent to speak unto you, and bring you these good tidings.
l. 1:20 GABRIEL'S JUDGMENT
kai iDOU, Esesi-oPON kai me duNAme-nos laLEsai , Achri hes heMEras GEne-tai TAUta,
And lo, you shall be silent and unable to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass,
anth' hon ouk ePIsteu-sas tois LOgois mou, HOti-nes ple-roTHEson-tai eis ton kaiRON auTON.
because you did not believe my :words, which shall be fulfilled in their :season.
m. 1:21 And the people were waiting for :Zacharias, and marveled while he tarried in the sanctuary.
kai en ho laOS pros-doKON ton Za-chaRIan, kai eTHAUma-zon en tochroNIzein en tonaO auTON.
n. 1:22 THE EFFECT OF ZACHARIAS' VISION
e-xelTHON de, ouk eDUna-to laLEsai auTOIS:
And when he came out, he could not speak to them:
kai ePEGno-san HOti op-taSIan heOra-ken en tonaO:
and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary:
kai auTOS en di-aNEUon auTOIS, kai diEme-nen koPHOS .
and HE continued making signs to them, and remained dumb.
o. 1:23 And it came to pass, when the days of his :ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his :house.
kai eGEne-to, hos ePLESthe-san hai heMErai tes lei-tourGIas  auTOU, aPELthen eis ton OIkon auTOU.
3. 1:24-25 ELISABETH CONCEIVES
MeTA de TAUtas tas heMEras suNEla-ben E-leiSAbet he guNEauTOU;
And after these :days Elisabeth his :wife conceived;
kai pe-riEkru-ben  he-auTEN MEnas PENte, LEgou-sa, [HOti] HOUtos moi pePOIe-ken KUri-os
and she hid herself five months, saying, 25[that] Thus has the Lord done to me
en heMErais hais ePEIden, a-pheLEIN OneiDOS mou en anTHROpois.
in the days in which he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among men.
NOTE: 1:1-4 Luke was probably a Greek doctor, converted to Judaism and Christianity. There are scholars who count him as the best writer in the Greek language of the 8 NT writers. The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Holy Spirit through the apostles - are two lengthy books that demonstrate this. Theophilus, another Greek convert, no doubt much appreciated these two accurate, historical treatises.
1:5-7 - Luke is so accurate in his setting forth of the lineage of John the Baptist through his two Levitical parents.
1:8-23 - As the end of our age approaches, we can expect more angelic manifestations to close this age, even as God sent angels forth in the beginning to usher in the church age. Not only did God send an angel to Zacharias to announce the supernatural birth to him and his wife as elderly parents - but he sent Gabriel, probably the closest of heavenly angels to the throne of God. He was sent by God to Daniel to answer his prayers, just as he was sent to answer the prayers of Zacharias. Later we will see the response of Mary to Gabriel's annunciation of the Messiah through her as a virgin - prior to coming together with Joseph to whom she was betrothed, but no more than that. Her reception of Gabriel's news we will soon consider, which was completely opposite to that of Zacharias. It seems the more we know theologically speaking, and the older we are - the less open we are to supernatural messages from the unseen world above. H.A. Baker points this out in his various books. Jesus and others note that children are closestto the Kingdom of God! This is certainly proven in “Visions Beyond the Veil.”
Gabriel came with remarkable power and authority from the throne of God. Judgment of dumbness upon Zacharias for his unbelief until the birth of John - is an example of this.
And what a revelation of the unusual and outstanding ministry of John the Baptist came through Gabriel! Could the great age of both Zacharias and Elisabeth have something to do with God's choice for them as his parents? Abraham and Sarah in great old age had similar difficulties as Zacharias. Sarah couldn't wait for God's timing, and Ishmael through Hagar complicated God's purposes even to this day - not for Hissake - but for ours! God's timing for His Isaac is most important!
The people awaiting Zacharias ministry after offering incense in the Temple - knew that a vision had come to him, explaining both his delay and the judgment of dumbness.
1:24-25 - Then, the miraculous word of Gabriel came to pass!
Look carefully at God's Bible Numeric Section, Paragraph and Subdivision structure in the sentences above. There is a clarity and progression flowing from this, that is unique above all other translations.
Turn to our Website <www.2rbetter.org>, under “Interlinear” - for postings for most of the rest of the NT after the format above. J.A.W.