Chapter One Sunday, November 28, 2010 The First Sunday of Advent
“It seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:3b-4
I am grateful that Luke helps set the stage for his account of the life of Jesus the Christ. As it turns out, Luke is a skilled historian. We will also discover that he is a physician. In addition, he is an evangelist, a fellow traveler in the faith with the Apostle Paul. His first identity is in Christ but his profession is in the medical arts.
Luke also gives us a clue as to his audience. We are blessed to listen in on his conversation as he describes an ‘orderly account’ of the life and teachings of Jesus. He is writing to someone who is addressed as the ‘most excellent Theophilus.’ Don’t you wish someone would address you in that same way? Wouldn’t you like to be ‘most excellent’ in a category of faith?
It is a title that implies great honor, deep respect, and a personal relationship. But it is the name that really draws our attention. Have you known any one named Theophilus? Are you considering that name for your first born or as a suggestion for your grandchildren?
But if we take a minute to break it down, the name has deep value and meaning for us. It literally means ‘lover of God.’ Wouldn’t you like to be known as a ‘lover of God?’ When you think about it, that is not a bad name!
Now, Theophilus (I know it is not the name engraved on your birth certificate…but may I call you that as we approach the birth of Jesus?)…Now Theophilus, read the chapter and whatever you do, don’t miss the opportunity to sing a song or two. The birth of Jesus is fortold, the angel Gabriel makes and appearance, Mary sings, and Zachariah follows with his song.
Ask yourself, “Am I singing a song that would announce to the world that my name (in the heart of God) is Theophilus?”
By the way, it is a right and good thing that we should begin our journey with Luke by gathering for worship on this day! Thanks for being a part of the Wilson Family!