Jesus Christ is the place where you can “touch bottom” and not lose your balance in the shifting tides of life.

When I was a kid, my family used to go to the lake every weekend. One of the rituals we developed was a swimming race. We would drive the boat out from the shore, dive in and swim as fast as we could to be the first one on the shore. I can still remember the comfort of hitting the lake bottom with my hands, for then I knew I was getting close to the shore.

“Touching bottom” meant you were going to be safe. Even now as an adult, when we are at the lake we still want to know if a person can “touch bottom.” At the beach, when we are walking in the waves, we want to be sure we can “touch bottom.” And we want to know if the market has “bottomed out” or if the recession has finally “hit bottom.”

We are all looking for a place we can finally find a sure place to stand so we can get our lives reformed and redirected. This is why I find it curious that of all the words Luke could have used in describing his purposes to Theophilus he chose the word “certainty: (Luke 1:1-4, HCSB) “Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, (2) just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. (3) It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, (4) so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.”

Certainty literally means to start strong, to be firmly balanced. Luke is writing to give Theophilus and us a sure place to gain our footing. Luke tells us that here—in Jesus Christ—is a place where you can “touch bottom,” and not lose your balance in the shifting tides of life.


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