Intro: Having the ability to know the Truth is precious to me. In Scripture, we can read about how the Truth is what makes humanity holy, because God’s Word is Truth (John 17:17). God’s plan and purpose for the Old Testament is revealed and fulfilled in the Truth found in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, we read about humanity’s sinful nature and desperate need for a Savior; so, God promises to send the Messiah. In the New Testament gospels, we are told about the arrival of Jesus—the long awaited Messiah—whom God has sent to save the world. We are then invited to have a relationship with Jesus; Truth is a person. So, to know the Truth, one must acknowledge and desire God. To reject the Truth is to live a lie.
In our passage today, Luke endeavors to present an accurate historical account of the life and death of Jesus. Although Luke has been inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this gospel, he also wants to acknowledge the work of others who have been involved with or experienced the salvation of Jesus—being restored to the Truth. Luke—a Gentile believer in Messiah—was a disciple of the Apostle Paul, as well as a physician.
Although many things in Luke’s gospel may be in chronological order, not everything is presented that way. Luke relied on eyewitnesses—many times the apostles themselves—in order to share his narrative account; he conducted interviews with the people who saw and heard Jesus, as well as those who had been physically touched and healed by him. Luke was a healer himself, so he knew when a person was gravely ill with some physical affliction and when they had experienced a miracle. Reading Luke’s gospel is always a great joy for me. I will be spending time with Luke during our Advent season.
Luke 1:1-4 NLT
1 Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. 2 They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. 3 Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus [meaning loved by God], 4 so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us as your creation and children. I am certain of the Truth of your nature, love, and goodness. I am also certain of the Truth of my sinful nature apart from you. I am so grateful to know the Truth! In Jesus’ name. Amen.