The Greatest Text Message | Luke 1:1-4 | Devotional
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Luke was a fact-finder. Good thing! As a doctor, he needed to know one’s medical history and symptoms before making a diagnosis. As a historian (Luke traveled with Paul and wrote the book of Acts), he had to get his facts straight. As a writer of Scripture, Luke was intent on carefully investigating “everything from the beginning.”
Luke used written eyewitness accounts, but he did his own research and study. He, no doubt, interviewed those who had been with Jesus. He asked probing questions. He mined for details. Luke did his research. Inspiration does not negate careful study.
Luke leaves us an inspired, well-written and organized account of Jesus. He also leaves us a model. We are to be those who carefully investigate the Scriptures. We need to study God’s word. We need to compare Scripture with Scripture. We need to be like the Bereans who “were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).
Reading God’s word? Great! Now don’t forget to study it.