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).
Today’s Morsel: The Greek word for Theophilus means friend of God; or Christian. Is Luke writing to the church? Is he trying to inform us of what took place with Jesus? The church needs to be educated in truth so that it can preach and teach the truth. Thomas became wiser after he had seen (John 20:29). Peter became wiser after his denial of Him (John 18:27). Paul became wiser after he met Him on the road to Emmaus, and the woman at the well became wiser when she came to draw water. John said, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30-31). As a friend of God and a Christian, you should know Him. If Christmas has come and gone and others are not made wiser to its meaning, the church has missed the mark.
Sing: Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story more precious, sweetest that ever was heard; tell how the angels, in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.
Thought For Today: It’s after Christmas that the church must follow up with clarity!