Luke was a doctor who, from time to time, accompanied Paul on his "missionary journeys". His accounts of these events appear in his second book which we call "Acts". He was writing specifically for a Roman official called Theophilus.
Theo wanted to know all about this revolutionary new revolutionary, Jesus. So Doctor Luke sets about to do the necessary research:-
Many people have done their best to write a report of the things that have taken place among us. They wrote what we have been told by those who saw these things from the beginning and who proclaimed the message. And so, Your Excellency, because I have carefully studied all these matters from their beginning, I thought it would be good to write an orderly account for you. I do this so that you will know the full truth about everything which you have been taught.
Historical accuracy is measured by how close to the actual events the words were written. In the case of the good Doc, he penned his well-researched account about 40 years after Jesus died. His work is therefore heaps more accurate and reliable than almost any other piece of history from that time.
We can trust Luke! Because he was a "people person" and writing for Theophilus, a non-Jew and by culture a worshipper of many Roman Gods, we can easily understand the simple but profound message of Christmas.
It's a story that, in its fulfillment, is still changing lives today. And it is something that calls for real celebration; and something more than just "tinsel and turkey."
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