Witnesses


 
Imagine yourself lying on your bed about to breathe your last breath. Your family is gathered around. What would you tell them? It wouldn’t be anything petty that’s for sure. No, you would tell them the most important words you could think of.

Jesus had last words for His disciples, too. “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:8-9).

These were Jesus’ final words to His disciples; think about that. If you are leaving the kids with a sitter, you will make sure that the important instructions are the last words that the sitter hears. Jesus was leaving His ministry in the hands of His disciples; His last words of instruction? “And you will be my witnesses.”

What is it to be a witness? You can’t witness a sunset without seeing it. You can’t witness an earthquake without feeling the ground shake under your feet. You can’t be a witness of anything through someone else’s eyes or ears or touch. Jesus told His disciples, “You will be my witnesses.” They saw Him heal the sick; they heard His voice; they saw Him raise the dead. They were shoulder to shoulder with Him through jostling crowds and through storms in their boats. They saw His crucifixion; they watched Him die; and, they heard the voice and touched the flesh of the risen Lord of Glory. The disciples were wonderfully qualified to be His witnesses!

This call is for us, too. Of all of our faith related activities, our personal testimony stands at the top. But, how can we experience Him as his disciples did? We can be His disciples! He is still Emmanuel–God with us. We can pray for the sick and watch Him heal them. We can quiet ourselves in His presence and hear His voice. We can feel Him shoulder to shoulder with us through the storm.

We, too, can be wonderfully qualified to be His witnesses. But, you cannot witness what you do not know, what you have not experienced. You cannot witness without relationship. Men, walk with Him, talk with Him, listen for Him, experience Him.

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