Luke begins his biography of Jesus, explaining why he’s undertaken the writing of his account. He desires to put down an orderly record so that people won’t be fuzzy about something so important as the life of Jesus. If we’d heard the story of Jesus’ read from scripture, it’s most likely been read from the book of Luke, so it is quite familiar to us. However, the stories of Mary and John the Baptist’s parents aren’t talked about as much as many other elements of the Christmas story. From them, we learn the difference between believing in God and not believing God. It’s a subtle difference, but we struggle with these two matters of belief on a daily basis in our own lives. Luke’s account helps us learn how we’re able to grow in our belief in God and believing what God says.
Passage: Luke 1