Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Luke 1:1-4 KJV
Luke clearly states why he’s writing this book:
“…that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”
We can have certainty in the things we have been instructed in, because we have the scriptures.
Not only has there been scientific and archeological evidence for the Bible*, but the life of Jesus Christ is proof.
His birth and death were written about long before He was born.
His life was the fulfillment of those prophecies.
These things are for our encouragement and we can rest in the knowledge that Jesus wanted us to know Him and His purpose.
Jesus prayed specifically for those who would believe through the words of the disciples.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:20 KJV
Because His people are a testimony.
that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:21-23 KJV
Because the world needs to know who Jesus is, who sent Him as a baby in a manger, and the reason for it all: love.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the assurance we can have in Your truth. Thank You for the love so immeasurable that You came to save us from sin. Thank You for Christmas and the opportunity it affords to proclaim the truth of Your life, death, and resurrection. Thank You for the blessed gift of eternal life through You. Lord, please help me to be a reflection of You to those around me. Help me to speak truth in my heart, to know Your Word, and to be transparent about the things You have done for me. Lord, help me to be compassionate, encouraging, selfless, and full of Your love. Please help me to be a blessing. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
* There are many places to learn more about the evidence which proves the Bible, these are my personal favorites:
A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Evidence for the Bible: 10 Reasons You Can Trust the Scriptures (DVD) https://alwaysbeready.com/
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