1Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.–Luke 1:1 – 4 (ESV)
Christmas Eve, the beginning of the beginning. Mary and Joseph are coming up on Bethlehem, they know they are running our of time. They are trying to get there early enough to find some food, water, and shelter. Mary is going to need it soon. I am reminded of Luke’s Gospel where he begins with a note to his publisher. It may seem superfluous to us if, after reading the Gospel’s in order, we come to Luke after reading Mark who got right to the point. But important things happen just before the ‘beginning’ that need to be told. Otherwise, we would have missed this important piece what may seem like trivia. Luke writes to Theophilus so that he would have certainty concerning the things he was taught. And I think it’s a note to us as well. The Gospels are for our certainty too. They are letters to the whole church concerning the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Luke tells us they were eyewitnesses from the beginning. They followed Jesus and ate with him and watched him die on a cross…then saw him again, resurrected and glorious.
So here we sit not seeing yet believing because we’ve heard the Gospel and the Holy Spirit opened our eyes to see and our ears to hear. We have the Bible and the Spirits witness and that’s about it.
But that’s enough isn’t it? Our assurance, our hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus and all he did that we need to know written down in these few books. Our ‘certainty’ as Luke tells us ‘concerning the things we have been taught.’
The Word of God is not bound…