We continue receiving the Truth of the Lord that He revealed in His Word related to the birth of the Lord Jesus.
Luke tells us at the beginning of his gospel writing the purpose he/the Spirit had in mind…
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things
accomplished among us,
just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,
it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated 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.
- an investigation
- based on eyewitness accounts
- eyewitnesses were servants of the Word
- written so that we can know the exact truth about the things we have been taught.
Look where he begins…
In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
They were both righteous in the sight of God,
walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren,
and they were both advanced in years.
We meet Zacharias and Elizabeth.
Zacharias was a priest.
They were of the line of Aaron.
They were righteous in the sight of God.
They walked blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. (Wow!)
Yet, there was a problem.
They had no child.
Elizabeth was barren.
They were advanced in years, the inference being that they were beyond child-bearing age.
So, what does this have to do with the birth of Jesus.
We will see.
For now, may we be as they.
Though things were not “perfect” in their lives (barrenness), they pursued the Lord.
Blameless as to commandments and requirements of the Lord.
May we do likewise in the power of the Spirit.