Christmas – Eye-witnesses
Powerpoint Pictures: Criminal Lineup; Sporting Event; Nativity Scene
Can anyone tell me what an eyewitness is?
An eyewitness is someone who sees something happen. Someone who is present during an event and can testify to what they saw.
Often we think of eyewitnesses are to do with a crime. Someone may go down to the police station and pick out a criminal from a line-up, or stand up in court and give evidence about what took place.
Or someone might be an eyewitness at a sporting event. They saw the goal with their own eyes. Maybe a reporter writes an article on what they saw for a newspaper.
This morning you are all going to be eyewitnesses to what happened during this talk (unless you fall asleep).
Imagine that I went over to someone (could be the Headmaster if assembly or someone in congregation) and cut their tie in two (this obviously is previously arranged). You would be an eyewitness to the event. You saw it happen and could tell people what you saw.
At the start of Luke’s gospel, his book on the life of Jesus, he tells us how he has written the book: “…I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you…so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
Luke is saying that he has carefully looked at all the evidence about Jesus, he’s checked out the facts.
Luke has spoken to the eyewitnesses. Things that have been written about Jesus Luke has checked to see whether they are true. Things people have said about him Luke has checked to see whether they are true. Once Luke was certain that he had got the truth about Jesus he wrote it down in a book for us.
Why? So we can know the real truth about Jesus!
Some people say there is no way of knowing where Jesus was born. Those people are wrong because Luke has carefully investigated the facts and found out from eyewitnesses who saw it happen that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Maybe he spoke to Mary, or the shepherds. One thing’s for sure, we can be certain that Jesus really was born in Bethlehem.
The same goes for the miracles Jesus did; the things Jesus said; His death and resurrection. We can be sure that these things are true.
And when Luke tells us that Jesus is the Saviour of the World, we can be sure of that too!!!
We can be certain that what Luke writes about Jesus is the real truth.
(Photo: © Nevit Dilmen)