It could only be described as a whirlwind! What a crazy, surreal roller coaster of emotions the disciples were riding since their last night with Jesus in the garden! How could they even begin to wrap their minds around the events of the last few days, much less process and understand what it meant?
Jesus’ disciples were catapulted from the depths of despair at the death of their Lord, whom they abandoned in His darkest hour, to the heights of joy as they saw the Messiah standing before them alive and well! “How could it be? This is too good to be true,” they must have thought over and over again. But what they saw with their eyes and heard with their ears and touched with their hands was more real than anything they’d ever known: Jesus, Risen Savior!
And at once, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. What had once been so mysterious and confusing suddenly made perfect sense as Jesus showed them for the first time how it all fit together. Yahweh’s plan from the beginning of creation to rescue and redeem a people for Himself had been executed right in front of their very eyes. And these precious, imperfect, beloved souls had been carefully chosen to bear witness to these events. The message was finally made clear and the power to spread it was on it’s way like a freight train. An unstoppable and life-altering force: the Holy Spirit of God.
Two thousand years later, we have also been called to bear witness. Not to the earthly life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but to the power of His gospel to change lives. To preach to the world repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His name. For those who have also been brought from the depths of despair while lost in their sin to the heights of joy in His merciful arms, it is a privilege and joy that cannot be expressed. God has made known to us the riches of His Word and His kingdom and gifted us with divine wisdom the world cannot fathom. And, like the disciples, we receive the ability to carry out His mission through His Spirit which has come to live in us.
How, then, could we ever keep silent? Why would we ever hesitate to share this life-changing truth? This is the message and the mission for which we were made: Jesus, Risen Savior!
“Do you want arguments for soul winning? Look up to Heaven, and ask yourself how sinners can ever reach those harps of gold and learn their everlasting song, unless they have someone to tell them of Jesus, who is mighty to save. But the best argument of all is to be found in the wounds of Jesus. You want to honor Him, you desire to put many crowns upon His head, and this you can best do by winning souls for Him. These are the spoils that He covets, these are the trophies for which He fights, these are the jewels that shall be His best adornment.” Charles Spurgeon
May our words speak of His salvation and our actions demonstrate His love for the winning of souls to Jesus.
Held by Him,