Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 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, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.
This passage points towards the historicity of the Bible. Scholars and archaeologists continually find evidence to prove that the places described in the Bible are actually true. One example is that of the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus heals the crippled man which is vividly described with five walkways that lead to it. Scholars didn’t think the pool existed, until archaeologists found it forty feet below ground, complete with the five walkways. This is just one of the many times science has upheld scripture as true history. Luke makes it a point to open up his gospel with the historicity of the bible in mind. It is both a validating statement and a challenge to future generations: If the places that the Bible describes are shockingly true, then that can lead us to also trust in the events that happened there.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to REJOICE in God’s goodness: Read a Bible passage or listen to a song that helps you to connect with God.