He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. – Luke 24:46-48 NIV
A couple of years ago I was driving my car when I saw an accident. I was leaving my office with my own day and schedule dominating my thinking. But as I turned a corner and began heading down the street, I saw an accident right in front of me. A car was driving down the road, and another vehicle came out of a driveway, and inexplicably just drove right into the first car. It didn’t really make a lot of sense. One care clearly had the right of way and was moving down the street, and the second car simply pulled onto the road and broadsided the first.
Thankfully, no one was really hurt, but the driver of the first car was understandably upset and a bit frightened by what had happened. After seeing that everyone was okay and law enforcement was coming on the scene, I left. But I shared my phone number with the driver, and let her know that I had seen everything.
Sure enough, in the next day or two I received a phone call from the highway patrol. The officer asked me to give a description of what I had seen, so that he would be able to write an accurate report. It’s important to know the truth of what happened when an accident occurs, especially if there are injuries, or even worse, loss of life.
It’s even more important to know the truth about what Jesus has done. It’s far more important because what Jesus has done restores life. Christ is risen! Jesus has been raised from the dead! All who trust in Him have eternal life!
There is no more important truth than this, precisely because there are automobile accidents, diseases, and heart attacks. There is violence and aging, and death comes for us all. But Jesus has been raised from the dead! He is victorious over death, and He shares that victory with His people!
Every follower of Jesus is a witness of this.
If you have been attending worship at our congregation, you have probably heard and read these words of Jesus – you are a witness.
If you worship somewhere else but have been exposed to the Word of God and have been given faith in the Son of God, you are a witness.
If you have attended Easter worship and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you are a witness.
Tell people what you know! Share the hope you have with people who are grieving! Pray for those who are in the midst of sorrow and suffering! Be a witness!