Luke 24:46-48 “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.”
Mark it well, saints; we are saved by grace and are called to be witnesses of the gospel. Luke declares that Christ suffered and rose from the dead on the third day. Thus, repentance and remission of sins is to be preached in His Name among all nations. These are our marching orders, beloved. The gospel is the only message that can transform lives and nations.
Before our Lord Jesus ascended back to heaven, He declared, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) In order to witness with power, we all need that unction from on high.
Jesus does not call us to be His attorneys. He certainly doesn’t call us to be His bodyguards. He calls us to be witnesses. Meditate on that for a moment, saints. Your life is meant to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Being a witness is not a call given to a select few. It is the call of God given to all of us.
Peter exhorts us: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” (1 Peter 3:15,16) May our lives be bold, loving witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a hurting and angry world.