Another View of the Christmas Story

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We’ve looked at the Christmas Story from an unconventional angle by seeing through the lens of Father Abraham, and now we come in this final week leading up to Christmas, to the more traditional story from the Gospel of Luke. I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve never posted through Luke’s Gospel before now, so not only will this be a ride through the Christmas Story; it is the beginning of a new adventure through the entire book.

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. 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,  so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Luke 1:1-4

Luke opens with a formal introduction in the best ancient Greek style, and certainly along with Acts, Luke is written in the most elegant formal Greek, standing out from all other New Testament writings. As he says in his introduction, it is organized along the formal lines of a Greek historian, and in that sense compares favorably to any of the ancient Greek historical texts.

The most important thing for us to take from the introduction is the reason Luke is writing this book; it was so the reader would be certain about the things they were taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, and in this there is a bit of apologetic in Luke’s writing that differs somewhat from the other Gospel authors.  The idea of being “certain” about the things of God is not really a modern idea for in our times we prefer to say that one cannot ever be entirely certain about anything other than science. Of course science has found certainty in a great many things which were wrong, although we don’t like to talk about that. If we were to be entirely honest with ourselves, we would have to acknowledge that science sometimes continues to be certain about things which aren’t quite right today, especially when politics enters the picture.

In any case, Luke wants his readers to be certain, we will be reading, and I hope that our level of certainty will have increased greatly by the time we are finished.

We’ll get started in earnest on Monday, see you then!

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Another View of the Christmas Story

  1. Pingback: Another View of the Christmas Story | The Life Project | franciscansonthemountains

  2. This, to me, has a bit of Shakespeare’s feel to it. A respectful letter to a sponsor in hopes of getting a good read. Not that Theophilus is Luke’s sponsor, but it shows a good witness; humility and gentleness that we’re told to put on to open doors and hearts, showing/transmitting God’s love to the world.

  3. Thank you, Jesus for your rock solid- certainty in this shaky world. Amen

  4. pipermac5 says:

    Luke seems to have taken on the role of historian/biographer, and he left no stone unturned as he compiled his account. He may have been an “outsider”, maybe even a non-Jew, but he was clearly moved by the life and ministry of Christ and wanted to share that with a wider audience.

    Blessings!

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