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THAT THOU MIGHTEST KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF THOSE THINGS, WHEREIN THOU HAST BEEN INSTRUCTED. - LUKE 1:41
 

Are you CERTAIN? Are you absolutely, without a shadow of doubt, CERTAIN about what you have witnessed, what you believe, what you have been taught? Daily an enormous amount of information is disseminated. After all is this not the information age? Yet could it be you only have one side of the story or a part of the total picture? Be careful. For as Paul Harvey says you may need to hear "the Rest of the Story."
 

Please take just a moment to read the following found in the Bible, Luke chapter one and verses one through four:
1. Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2. Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4. That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Charles Spurgeon wrote: "Say some, 'Tell us how to discern truth.' You may judge it by three things: by God, by Christ, and by man; that is, the truth which honors God, the truth which glorifies Christ, and the truth which humbles man."
 

Yes, our report, speech, and testimony should honor God. Truth should honor God. Why occupy your, time and waste the time of others with something that does not honor God? Then certainly all we say and do should glorify Christ. Truth should glorify Christ. Then Mr. Spurgeon says, "truth which humbles man." Possibly the motive is to humiliate, shame or even destroy. Is that speaking the truth in love?
 

The Gospel of my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ is True! Absolutely, without a shadow of doubt as Dr. Luke writes "thou mightest know the certainty of those things,, where in thou hast been instructed." I read where one prominent archaeologist carefully examined Luke's references to 32 countries, 54 cities, and 9 islands, and he did not find a single mistake. Herein read with confidence and know the truth "the certainty of those things!"
 

Ponder just a moment the confidence, THE CERTAINTY you can have in God's Word. Some place confidence in "Science," medicine, government, man, and even themselves. Yet did you know... Men once said the earth was flat, BUT the BIBLE says in Isaiah 40:22, "It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth..." and now men agree with the BIBLE that the earth is a sphere, not flat. Stargazers once said there were 1,100 stars. Have you ever read Jeremiah 33:22? The Bible says, "As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured..." And some of those poor ignorant people thought all those stars were the same, that light was fixed in one place, and that the Earth sat on a large animal. I guess they never read the BIBLE! "There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differeth from another star in glory" (I Cor. 15:41). Then Job 38:19, 20 states: "Where is the way where light dwelleth? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof, that thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?" Then "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing" is found in Job 26:7. Isn't it amazing that scientist have finally caught up on a few things. If they had just read the BIBLE they would have known the stars are different, light does indeed move and, no, the earth does not sit on some big animal. Can you believe scientist thought air had no weight (but Job 28:25 says - "to make the weight for the winds") and "Science" once said winds blew in a straight line ("The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits" - records Ecci. 1:6). Okay, so scientists don't know everything. Now that is true! ror tne iongest time these brilliant minds did not know things were made of things man could not see - like atoms. But the BIBLE did. "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3). And get this! It was once thought that the ocean floor was flat and only fed by rivers and rain. But wait just one minute. The Bible says, "And the channels of the sea appeared" (I Samuel 22:16) and when Jonah was in the midst of the sea, he said, "The waters compassed me about,... I went down to the bottoms of the mountains;..." (Jonah 2:5,6). Wow - did you know that doctors would bleed sick people and wash their hands in still water all to the harm of those they intended to help? Yet again, if these doctors had only consulted the Book written by the GREAT PHYSICIAN. Leviticus 17:11 says "For the life of the flesh is in the blood:" Leviticus 15:13 states "And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue, then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean."
 

Now, go back to Luke chapter one.. It is here that we are given the most detailed account of events proceeding that divine event - "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Read Luke chapters one and two. Here my heart and soul and mind are lifted to the heights. Listen to these words:


"... thou shalt have joy and gladness..."
"... many shall rejoice at His birth.."
"He shall be called the Son of the Highest.."
"...the power of the Highest..."
"...with God nothing shall be impossible..."
"My soul doth magnify the Lord..."
"...my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour..."
"...the glory of the Lord shone 'round about them...'
"...good tidings of great joy..."
"Glory to God in the highest.."
"...peace, good will toward men..."
"...glorifying and praising God..."
"His name shall be called Jesus..."
"...mine eyes have seen thy salvation..."

 


Some stay in the Slough of Despond and never see the steps of promise. Some are shut up in Doubting Castle and do not know with God nothing is impossible.


Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
The Prince of Peace
Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty
God, the Everlasting Father
They that sat in darkness hath
Seen a Great LIGHT
Glory to God in the Highest!


Remember Simeon's words "mine eyes have seen thy salvation." Try standing and staring up to the heaven. Look, Look, and Look some more. Soon your neck will hurt, your eyes will blur and you will become weak and dizzy. Continue to Look for God when He has come to us - Emmanuel, God with us. Mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Glory to God in the Highest!
Of these things I am CERTAIN!

 

(A Christmas Sermon by Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson, Evangelist)