Saturday, 3 April 2021
“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” -Acts 3:15
The first recorded miracle of the healing of a lame man through the disciples of Jesus Christ becomes the vehicle for the proclamation of the good news for Peter and John after the Pentecost event. Apostle Peter took this opportunity to speak to the gathered people about what led to the event. They became witnesses of the Risen Christ!
In our key verse, the gospel is recorded in a very compact sentence. Three aspects are stated in the key verse: Jesus’ death, resurrection and witnessing by His disciples. In God’s perfect plan and time, According to the Jesus’ death and His resurrection took place, once for all mankind. The third part -Witnessing, is our responsibility which is also ordained in God’s master plan. Jesus assigned His disciples to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Imagine the Heavenly Father the Creator of all heavens and earth wants us to be the witness of His great salvation plan to all mankind! We can only stand in awe of Him and praise Him in allowing His children to become the partakers of His mighty plan- For we are co-workers in God's service...(1Cor.3:9).
Looking at witnessing based on today’s reading we can learn to be Christ’s good witnesses:
Receive strength: As Jesus said (Acts 1:8), we need His strength and direction to move forward. The Holy Spirit is available to help in every step we take and the Word of God instructs that - For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Rom.8:14) not everyone. Wait for His promise, receive it –it’s not an option- it’s His commandment. Remember this too: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph.4:30)
Be available: Acts 2 records the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first church. The apostles could have remained in midst of the newly added believers exercising their leadership. But they just went up to the temple as usual (Acts 3:1). The lame beggar was a regular person sitting outside and Peter and John may have seen him earlier also. But this time there is a great difference— they are walking in God’s plan and they see the lame man in a different perspective. God is looking for people who are ready to listen and be available for Him even this day—through them He will do His work and they will be mightily used for His Kingdom.
Give what you have: Then Peter said… but what I do have I give you… (V.6). To give Christ to others you must have Him in you and you must have a good relationship with Him always! The boy who gave the bread and fish (Luke 9) is a good example drawn before us of giving what he had which was used to bless many!
Witness Jesus: The manifestation of God in Jesus Christ is displayed in the power, healing, miracles and all these confirm His deity. The power of Jesus’ name works even at present for those who believe. We can never boast in ourselves; instead, give Him alone all the glory!
Whenever we bear His witness, the power of Jesus’ name will work in many lives and attract them to Him. As a child of God, we experience its power in our daily lives in different ways. Let us witness Him - Glory to the Lord alone!
Dear Father help us to witness and glorify Your name through each day according to Your plan, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.