A Sure Foundation

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4 ESV)

As we approach Advent, our attention is drawn to the Gospel of Luke. It is Luke who provides us with the earliest account of events surrounding the birth of the Messiah, beginning with the announcement of the impending birth of John the Baptist.  While those events will be our focus this week, we should take some time to consider the prologue that Luke provides in the first four verses of chapter 1. 

The introduction provided by Luke is unique amongst the four gospels. Matthew, Mark, and John get right into the narrative. Luke, however, provides us with an understanding of how, being led by the Spirit, he has compiled this narrative and of the purpose of his writing.  

We understand from verses 2-3 that Luke compiled his narrative from eyewitness accounts that he had closely examined.  Luke is writing his narrative in the infancy of the Church, and yet he is already focused on separating the facts from tradition and popular opinion. If that was important for Luke 30-35 years after the Resurrection, it should certainly be important to us today.

Having set forth this narrative, Luke addresses it to Theophilus, a Gentile convert, in order to establish his confidence in the things he has been taught concerning the Lord Jesus. The narrative itself would not build his confidence. It would be his study, his knowledge of that narrative, that would build his confidence in what he had been taught. We have a wealth of great teaching and resources available to us, but this remains true:

Personal time in His Word brings the assurance, the confidence, builds the firm foundation that anchors our soul when the darkness and the silence come.

By Jesse Smith

Jesse and his wife, Melanie, reside in Lexington, along with their son, Zak.






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