1. It’s a known fact that so many have tried their hand at telling this amazing story from their own perspective. Because those who have been transformed by the potency of it wanted to be a part of the propagation of it, they have undertaken to draw up an official account…a story of record…of the things which have been fulfilled among us.
2. And these who have added their own voices to the narrative have honored the oral tradition of the eyewitnesses of Jesus’ earth-ministry…of those who were actually there, and who ministered alongside Him…embracing what those followers remember about it from its inception. And they have told their version of the story as a confirmation to the truth of it.
3. But it seemed desirable to me, also, to write an account of it through my own paradigm, while being careful to maintain the integrity of what has already been said concerning what happened from the beginning…and my motivation was to write it for you, most excellent Theophilus, friend of God.
4. I personally took on this responsibility, doing the research and investigation myself, because it was important to me that you know the full truth, beyond any shadow of doubt, of the things you have been taught. In other words, I wanted to be sure that you knew these things really happened.