Although, all of the gospel writers narrate the story of Jesus’ birth, I want to use Luke’s narrative as the nucleus for my blog posts leading up to Christmas. My reasons are two-fold. First—Luke paid special attention to the women, which I appreciate, as a woman. Secondly, Luke is telling the story to one person in particular; a man known as Theophilus, whose name means “lover of God” in Greek. Although Theophilus is a man, and historians know very little about him, I can relate to him, because I too, am a lover of God.
Therefore, as I unfold the history leading up to Christmas, I am going to look upon myself as a female Theophilus, whom Luke thought was important enough, to investigate everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:3-4, New American Standard Bible NASB).
No, I am not that important, but I do want to know the exact truth about the things I have been taught, and I want to share these things with you, because it’s important for me to explain how much Jesus is the reason for the season.
First, can you imagine actually being there? No, Luke wasn’t actually there at Jesus’ birth, but he was an early member of the Christian community, and his narration of the birth of Jesus was his contribution to the historical facts surrounding the event. Furthermore, he served as a beloved companion and physician to the Apostle, Paul. His additional contribution to historical facts comes in the book of Acts, in which Luke narrates the Acts of the Apostles, again written to Theophilus.
Thus, my choice of using Luke’s gospel for my blog postings about the birth of Jesus comes also from his participation in and knowledge of the subsequent events in history — the birth and growth of the church, as it pertains to the birth, ministry, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For the birth of Jesus is just the beginning, is it not?