The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,…
The mists of gathering ages wrap in slowly-thickening folds of forgetfulness all other men and events in history, and make them ghostlike and shadowy; but no distance has yet dimmed or will ever dim that human form Divine. Other names are like those stars that blaze out for a while, and then smoulder down into almost complete invisibility; but Christ is the very Light itself, that burns and is not consumed. Other landmarks sink below the horizon as the tribes of men pursue their solemn march through the centuries, but the cross on Calvary "shall stand for an ensign of the people, and to it shall the Gentiles seek."
(A. Maclaren, D. D)
Parallel VersesKJV: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,