Day 30 – Why Jesus’ friends wrote about him
Bible reading: Luke 1:1–4
A disciple called Luke wrote these words at the start of his account of Jesus’ words and actions.
We do not know who Theophilus was. His name means ‘friend of God’.
Luke writes the facts about Jesus
Bible reading: John 20:30–31
A disciple called John wrote these words at the end of his account of Jesus’ words and actions.
The purpose of this book
If you have read these accounts about what Jesus did, what he said and who he was, there may be two final questions in your mind. ‘Is this true?’ and ‘Why does it matter?’ Luke was not an eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry, but lots of his friends were. He was a respected writer about history. He tells us of the careful research he did in order to give a clear, reliable account of Jesus’ ministry. This was so that Theophilus, a senior Roman official and possible publisher, could know the truth of the stories he had heard.
Modern research has shown how reliable Luke was wherever his accounts can be tested. Yes, the Jesus story is true.
But why does it matter? John, who was an eyewitness, gives us his answer. Thomas, you remember, has just confessed Jesus as his Lord and God. John wants his readers to do the same. So he tells them that the information he selected for his book intends to bring the reader to the same conclusion as John himself, along with Thomas and the others. That is, to be convinced that Jesus was indeed the long-awaited Saviour who had brought God into human history. But that conclusion was not enough.
A call for personal trust
John wanted them to have a personal trust in this risen Jesus which would start them on completely new quality of life.
It still does! Can I suggest that you consider the evidence, and then put your trust in Jesus? To start, it is enough to say, as Thomas did, ‘You are my Lord and my God.’ It’s a demanding and exciting step into a new quality of life.
If you’d like to consider it for yourself, continue reading to find out more.