Connect As Witnesses

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

Luke 24:45-48

We are called to be witnesses of the story of Jesus. Some define witnessing as giving a testimony or sharing about something you have seen. This is part of the meaning, but the witnessing the early disciples did eventually cost many of them their lives. The word in the Greek for witness is similar to our modern word of “martyr.” A martyr, according to Wikipedia, is a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion or a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause.  We give thanks to those who have gone before us who have suffered because of their faith in this incredible story.

We are blessed that we can often witness to our faith without the extreme prejudice that is experienced in some parts of the world. We are called to share the good news of the story of Jesus who offers hope and not condemnation. Jesus offers empowerment and not imprisonment. The message of Jesus, when shared in word and deed, gives life and not death. Be a true witness to the love of God in the world this week.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn