So That You May Know
Read Luke 1:1–4
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 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, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Reading this passage, we get a sense of Luke’s confidence in who Jesus was and what He came to do. Luke has no hesitation; his intent in writing this account was to convince others of the certainty of what they’d been taught about Jesus. He wrote what we now call the Gospel of Luke after carefully investigating everything about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. And his account begins with the story many of us have become so familiar with—the story of Jesus’ birth. It is a story that combines awe and the ordinary: ordinary people experience the extraordinary.
- What questions do you have about the birth of Jesus? Write them down and see what God might show you as you study the first two chapters of Luke in the next few weeks.
- What are some of your deepest desires for this Advent and Christmas season? Spend two or three minutes contemplating this question, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.
Father, thank You for the opportunity to know You more through the Bible and to enter into the story of Jesus’ birth in this way. Open my mind and heart in this season to connect to You more and grow in my faith and trust. Fill me with awe as I soak in the truth of the incarnation. Amen.