Today we begin a new adventure as we embark together on a guided tour through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Our tour guide is highly qualified and has spent many years investigating and immersing himself into the universe of Christianity and authentic faith in Christ. Luke, an excellent historian and a well-loved physician will reveal things to us about our Savior that other writers have ignored. Read carefully his introduction to his glorious gospel…
The Gospel According to LUKE
Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. Luke 1:1-4 (NKJV)
Notice what Luke says his intention in writing this Gospel is in verse four – “…that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. “
A few other Bible translations put it this way…
so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. Luke 1:4 (NASB)
…so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught. Luke 1:4 (MSG)
[My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed. Luke 1:4 (AMPC)
Folks, know for certain that the Bible and particularly the Gospels are accurate and reliable historical records of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Over and over again critics and skeptics’ claims of unreliability and error have been silenced as archeology and careful forensic research continues to prove the Bible reliable after all. As we begin this adventure together, know that we are not following a cleverly devised fable or myth. We are studying actual history. And beyond that, the historical protagonist of this Gospel that we are studying is not just “history”. But He is alive today and working in the lives of those who have put their trust in Him. I pray that either now or along the way, everyone who joins us in this journey will experience a life changing encounter with the risen Christ and be changed forever by the One Who lives forever.