Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Witness to the Truth - December 17, 2014

Luke 1:1-4 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

How do we know what we believe in is true? How is the Christmas story and the events surrounding it still as new 2016 years later as it was on the night it occurred? We have Dr. Luke to thank for that. He had a front row seat to many of the occurrences in the book he authored, and those he did not witness, he had the benefit of interviewing those who were eye witnesses.

Imagine being able to have conversations with Mary the mother of Jesus and the rest of her family members. Wouldn't have been great to follow in the footsteps of John the Baptist, the apostles and Jesus. Many of these stories happened to important people, such as was the case with Zechariah, who as a temple priest had access to the "Holy of Holies", and was considered to be very righteous and trustworthy. So when he related the events surrounding the birth of his son, his word was accepted as being factual.

As a physician Luke was of the mindset that what he would detail for readers needed to be as accurate and truthful as possible. In an effort to do so, he must have spent many days and hours with those whose stories he chronicled. Being a Gentile, he sought to write what would appeal to both Gentiles and Jews, and wanted to be sure he dispelled much of the error about Jesus that were circulating during his time. Since he interviewed direct eyewitnesses, we can be sure that he wrote what was true.

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