Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)
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.
It’s a great thing to have certainty.
And it would appear Luke, the author of this Gospel account, has done everything in his power to help Theophilus (and us) to be as sure as we possibly can about the ‘things that have been fulfilled’.
Firstly, Luke tells us that others have done the same, writing down what they too have seen and heard, thus providing corroborating evidence (see Matthew, Mark & John).
Secondly, Luke points out that the information provided comes from first-hand ‘eyewitnesses’; people who can be trusted.
And finally, Luke himself has undertaken an exhaustive investigation: ‘carefully’ and ‘from the beginning’.
He has been most helpful in putting together such an ‘orderly account’.
And so we would do well to pay attention to what he says because it involves matters of life and death.
prayer : thank you Lord that we can have such certainty because of Luke’s work
action : point people to this and the other gospel stories, encouraging them to investigate the claims made by Christ for themselves