Jesus reminded His disciples, ” and ye are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:48 We understand the concept of a witness as a legal term. Whenever you’re called to testify in court, you can only talk about what you what you actually experience first hand. You can’t talk about what you heard someone else say. That’s”heresy”, and it’s inadmissible in the court room.
Jesus sent the disciples out to proclaim the gospel, but He would not send them out alone. “I send you the promise of my Father upon you.” Luke 24:49. On the night He was arrested, Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit would come. “And I will pray my Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may abide with you forever” John 14:16. In the calling of the Spirit a Comforter, He used the word that literally means someone who walks alongside another. The Holy Spirit would comfort the disciples, explain the teachings of Jesus and lead the disciples in their ministries.
The privilege of proclaiming Jesus Christ was not just for the earliest disciples, nor was the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are not alone , His Spirit indwells all believers and we are called to be witnesses of what Christ has done in our lives just as the disciples did. They proclaimed Jesus in the streets and led Bible studies in homes and in rolling chariots, sharing God’s great salvation story.
What we proclaim comes out of the overflow of our own relationship with Jesus Christ. We live in a time when it seems like everyone is hustling for something. If our witness isn’t genuine, then no one will listen. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are genuine witnesses of the resurrection of Christ. We preach and teach what we know and have experienced in our own lives.
Remember, the gospel is good news. Over the years, I’ve discovered that, people who sit on the pews around us in church, live down the street in our neighborhood, goes to class with us and work where we do, have things in their past that they can’t forgive or forget, People they have trusted let them down or worse, or even have failures they can’t get over.
Some people who seem to have it all together and figured out, are walking around in terrible pain. They are desperate for the good news Jesus brings. Some of them may think they know about Jesus, but in fact, they don’t. At least they don’t know the full story of His grace and salvation.
That’s where you and I as witnesses of Jesus Christ come in. Under the able leadership of the Holy Spirit, we are brought into people’s lives at just the right moment. As we listen to their stories, and we begin to share about the victory provided through Christ. So let’s share Jesus and let others experience victory too.
Even when martyrdom became more commonplace as these early witnesses of Jesus’ life were killed for what they saw and proclaimed. They knew for certain that Jesus was alive, and they refused to change their stories, not even when threatened with prison, torture and death.
Originally Authored by Bible Studies for Life