We were reading the book of Luke from Chapter One particularly verses 1 to 4. These verses authenticates and says a lot about the genuineness and truthfulness of the personality, life, Word and works of Jesus. Why you may ask? The writer was unbiased in his account and fact of Jesus’s life. How? He starts first by identifying that many have done what he is about to do…Verse One….Luke 1:1 “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,”
This settles the fact that the story is not new, it is not strange and so cannot be altered. It is a story well known to everyone and so he cannot change the facts. If he changes any fact, then he knew his story will be discredited and he would probably be disregarded as a writer; his reputation was important and based on his reputation he was contracted to do a study and write up on the life of Jesus.
Secondly in Verse two he acknowledges that there were “eyewitnesses” and “servants” of Jesus. These says two things to me; that the story of Jesus had physical and living humans who can attest to it and not just a fairy tale whose origin is unknown and untraceable and this “Jesus” had people who walked with him still around that could be spoken with and questioned and so the information garnered was not second hand but first hand.. Also Luke never said he was a eyewitness to the life of Jesus nor a servant of Jesus and so had no cause to be biased in his perspective to the story….Luke 1:2 “just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.”
Thirdly verse 3 makes two beautiful facts known; The first is how he got his story and the second is for whom he got his story which both underlines his unbiased version of the story of Jesus. He makes it clear that it was not a casual observation or mere random question and answer sessions, it was an “INVESTIGATION”, a question-probing, document scrutinizing, evidence gathering and time consuming event. It was a tedious and financially tasking expedition, something taken with all and every seriousness and not with levity. Secondly it was not for the glory of God nor the glory of Jesus nor the glory of the Jews but for just one man; THEOPHILUS and there is no record that this “theophilus” was a believer (rather an inquirer) in Jesus and in fact if he was, he would not be seeking to know about Jesus…Luke 1:3 “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,:
Lastly verse Four, reveals the true reason for the expedition and investigation by Luke into the life of Jesus…”SKEPTICISM”…THEOPHILUS has been taught something’s about Jesus but he did not believe, he wanted an independent and unbiased view and information about the matter, hence he commissioned Luke to do it. He did not take what he was been told about Jesus without doubts. He had doubts, he had questions, he disbelieve something’s and probably confused about many and to put his mind at rest over this, he sought the help of someone unconnected to the Christian movement to write and give him an objective and true position and facts about the life of Jesus…Luke 1:4 “so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
So if you are in doubts, disbelieve or confused about Jesus, DON’T BE.
Jesus is indeed the Son of God and the only way to the father. Give your life to Jesus, yield to the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into every truth of the Word of God…Remember James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.