The English have the 12 days of Christmas in song. The high churches have the 24 (ish) days of advent. Here at Crave Something More, I’ll be writing a series called the “21 Days of CSM Christmas.” Starting December 5 and finishing on Christmas Day, I will write once a day about all things Christmas, in the hopes that we will all continue to see Jesus as the greatest satisfaction to our soul’s deepest cravings.
Day 9: Thank God for Theophilus
Thank God for Theophilus. Without Theophilus, and without his friendship with Luke, we might not have known this Christmas, among many other things:
- God’s answer to the long-suffering prayer of Zechariah and Elizabeth
- The fascinating similarities, and the differing results, between Zechariah’s and Mary’s questions to Gabriel
- John the Baptist being moved by the Spirit in the womb
- Mary’s gentle, faith-filled, God-glorifying prayer
- The classic lines from every Christmas play, childrens’ voices echoing the beauty of Scripture (“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus…”)
- The creative hand of God in bringing Jesus’ parents to the city of David
- The inspiring account of the angel’s proclamation of the birth of Jesus to shepherds
- The sweet prophecies of Simeon and Anna, whose hearts longed to see the day of the coming of their salvation
- The jaw-dropping, heart-aching picture of the Son of God lying in a manger
Of course, the gospel of Luke is the revelation of God, by God, through Luke, so that we might “have certainty concerning the things [we] have been taught.” And God could have told us these things another way. But He saw fit to give us this great gospel, these marvelous stories, and for that, I am grateful.
As we thank God this Christmas for Jesus, and family, and friends, and blessings, and comfort, and peace, let’s also thank Him for giving us His word, the word that shows us what our great God is like, and points us to the Reason we celebrate this season.
For the rest of the 21 Days of Crave Something More Christmas, go here.