I hope you began the journey yesterday through a new testament gospel one chapter per day. After our dinner, we read Luke 1. I was particularly blessed by the introduction to the letter. Luke was obviously a smart person and a scholar as well as a medical doctor. He was a Gentile and was forced to interview eyewitnesses to confirm the truth of the historic facts in the life of Jesus.
NIV Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
The word certainty in 1:4 suggests truth you can lay as a foundation for your life! This truth is certain and will give you security in life and eternity. For a brief moment this truth took my breath away. I was transfixed on it. We are safe in any season because Jesus truly came to earth on the greatest rescue mission of all time! He did live. He did die. He did rise again. He continually loves us. And because of His finished work, we are safe and sound forever by simply trusting in Him.
Some years ago, Amy Carmichael the courageous British missionary to India wrote this poem. It seems to me it could be a great introduction to Advent!
“Love through me, Love of God;
There is love in me.
O Fire of love, light Thou the love
That burns perpetually.
Flow through me, Peace of God;
Calm River, flow until
No wind can blow; no current stir
A ripple of self-will.
Shine through me, Joy of God;
Make me like thy clear air
That Thou dost pour thy colors through,
As though it were not there.
O Blessed Love of God,
That all may taste and see
How good Thou art, once more I pray:
Love through me – even me.