"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:1-4)
"In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:1-3)
The obvious begs the curious mind (yours and mine) "who is Theophilus?" His name means "loved of God." Suffice to say that Theophilus loved God.
As the Bible says of God, "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me...granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries." (Proverbs 8:17 and 21)
It is also obvious that God loved him and raised up a brilliant physician named Luke to write down everything Jesus said and did; after thorough investigation.
Doctor Luke declares Jesus' origin from the beginning by tracing his human ancestry. "Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat...the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God." (Luke 3:23-38)
In Luke's thorough investigation, none was a more reliable source of Jesus' origin than his mother. The information Mary pondered in her heart for decades, Luke was faithful to record. "And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
Though Joseph and his bride (Mary) were of royal descent, they were tucked out of the limelight (through divine providence) into the peasant villiage of Nazareth.
As Nathanael exclaimed when Philip invited him to meet the Messiah from Nazareth, "...Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:46) A leader among the religious fraternity, Nicodemus, rises in veiled defense of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, " The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” (Johm 7:45-52)
Though Dr. Luke's testament is based on interviews; John's testimony is up close and personal. It is said that you never really get to know someone until you get close and personal. John refers to himself in his narrative as "the beloved disciple" but his purpose for writing of his personal encounter with Jesus Christ is obvious as stated in John 16:27, "...for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God."
On a hill outside of Jerusalem Jesus returned from whence He came; after appearing to over 500 eye witnesses of His resurrection. (see Acts 1:1-11 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
Pontius Pilate asked the compelling question, "...“Where are you from?”..." (John 19:9)
Jesus volunteered the answer before Pilate asked the above question, "Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”" (John 18:36)
The Pharisees and religious leaders must have had themselves a horse laugh when Jesus claimed to have personally met Abraham. (see John 8:54-59) Jesus referring to his pre-existence incited the religious elite to murderous behavior when he said. "...Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)
Jesus gives a hint of His pre-existance in His prayer to His Father, "...Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed." (John 17:5)
Jesus stated not a few times where He came from, the purpose for His advent and His returning from whence He came. "I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” (John16:28)
Jesus was adamant also about His return after ascention. When Jesus returns, there will be a different purpose; as King of kings and Lord of lords. When Jesus returns, His return will not be like his infancy. He will have the company of His faithful servants. (See Revelation 19)
Dr. Luke's interview with Jesus' mother yielded the following testimony.
"And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God."