“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, 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 1:1-4)
I know of an incident where a man is serving a life-sentence for murder; yet a body was never found. The tragedy occurred in a town where I used to work and for weeks the details of the suspected murder was on the front page of almost every edition of the local newspaper. Dogs were used to search for the body on land and scuba divers were used to search the rivers and lakes. It was even reported that at one point, even some freshly poured concrete floors were X-rayed. Yet after months of searching, the body was never recovered. Did the prosecutor have a case? Many believed that he didn’t. Yet he meticulously presented various pieces of circumstantial evidence and in the end, the jury turned in a verdict of “guilty.”
Think how much more powerful the prosecutor’s case would have been if he had been able to produce even one witness to the crime. Or suppose he found a dozen witnesses, or two dozen, or even several hundred! Who could have possibly denied the truth if there had been that many eyewitnesses?
Both the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts were written by a physician whose primary goal was to give a detailed account of the life and ministry of Jesus. Luke tells us that many of these details came directly from the testimonies of eyewitnesses. Concerning the resurrection alone, Paul tells us that there were over 500 individuals who in one single setting saw the risen Savior. (see 1 Corinthians 15:6) At the time Paul wrote these words, many of these witnesses were still living and therefore could be cross examined.
The Bible is not a bunch of fanciful stories written by men hundreds of years after the events occurred. Much of what we read, both in the Old and New Testament, are accurate accounts recorded by eyewitnesses. It is for that reason that we can trust the validity of God’s Word. In closing, I leave you with this testimony from the book of Psalms:
Psalm 12:6 And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.