HISTORY AFFIRMS A KEY EVENT IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY
Luke’s Gospel is a great wealth of historical information. In his opening words, he states:
Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us… it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you might know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (Luke 1:1;3-4)
Luke’s concern is ORDER and ACCURACY so that the recipient of the document (Theophilus), “might know the certainty of those things in which he was instructed (v. 3).”
Not only is Luke’s account orderly, it is an accurate record of what truly happened two thousand years ago.