Over the next twelve days, leading up to Christmas Day, I want to give you some inspirational thoughts from Matthew's and Luke's gospel stories. These are the two of the four gospel authors to record the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.
"I myself have carefully investigated everything [about Jesus] from the beginning... so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught." Luke 1:3-4
Luke begins by explaining that his story has come from careful investigation and eyewitness accounts about the events of Jesus's life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Luke's intention was to inform his readers that he was not inventing some fictional tale, no matter how outlandish the accounts may have seemed. Instead, he was giving his readers validation, beyond himself, for the proposition that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior, the One the Hebrews had been waiting to see.