NOTE: I am thinking (right now!) I may follow a harmony of the gospels to provide some variety.
Luke opens up his gospel with a personal note to the recipient of his account, a man named Theophilus. What impresses me this morning is not the fact that others had made similar attempts (1:1-2) but the purpose why Luke was writing his gospel to him. John gives his purpose for his gospel at the end (20:31) but Luke gives his up front:
“So that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught”
God cares about truth and he has taken great care to make sure that what we “have been taught” is precise. This is because truth does matter in our lives, it is the food for our transformation. Real heart change is rooted in God’s word as Jesus himself declared, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). The gospels which we love, believe, and which contain the words and works of Jesus, are a reflection of a loving God. But if the word is not true, if it is not authoritative, what we are taught will be skewed. Our lives can’t possibly conform to God and no real transformation will take place. Luke felt it very important to do all he could to get the account of Christ correct, and God did all that was needed to insure what we have is what he desired us to have…and is life-changing.