Making Him Known

​Acts 1:7-8 (ESV)
[Jesus] said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

I can remember being asked to serve as a character witness for a friend who had broken the terms of his “conditional sentence” in what he confessed to be a “moment of weakness.” In fact, his “indiscretion” proved to be a foolish action based on poor judgement. Let’s face it; isn’t that always the case?  It certainly is in my life.

It was quite a weighty responsibility to act as a witness before the Provincial Court.  As I reflected on the responsibility, two questions begged to be answered: What was I a witness to? And who was I a witness for?

The fact is, I was not so much a witness for a defendant, who happened to be a friend (who was guilty as charged); rather, I was a witness to the truth.  

I was so, not because I was bound by oath to speak the truth and nothing but the truth, but because I am bound to the Spirit of Truth.  

I am a witness to the Truth, regardless of whether I am summoned to an earthly court, and so are you.  

The fact is, all of us who are in Christ have been summoned to witness to the dynamic and ongoing salvific work of God in this world.  

I am convinced that in Christ, we do this best TOGETHER.  

I’m reminded of how Luke bridges his gospel account (volume one) with the book of Acts (gospel account volume two).

“1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen” (Ac 1:1–2).

Implicit in the transitional statement “began to do and teach,” is the Truth that Jesus continued “to do and teach” throughout the book of Acts.  Of course He did so by the Holy Spirit through the Church.  

Some would argue that The Acts of the Apostles should be re-titled the “Acts of the Holy Spirit.” Later on in that same chapter, Luke records Jesus saying that the band of Christ followers would be witnesses.  

Not unlike my situation as a character witness in the Ontario Provincial Court, two questions beg answering with regard to Jesus’ statement: What were they a witness to? And who were they a witness for?  Acts 1:8 says,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

The band of Christ followers TOGETHER were charged with the task of witnessing to the Truth by both declaring and evidencing the character of the King and His Kingdom.
This is still our charge today! 

At Calvary “Together we Tell” the good news that Jesus is still at work in our world.  The beautiful thing about it is, the same power that was available to the disciples for the task of “witnessing” and “demonstrating“ is available to us.  God makes Himself available to us, in the person of the Holy Spirit, to be good witnesses!

Together we Tell. Yes a weighty responsibility, but something He empowers us to do.

Today our witnessing together is in fact “Acts of the Holy Spirit.”

Just think, we are called upon by God to be character witnesses.

I think back to my experience in court.  It was one thing to be the only character witness on behalf of a friend.  It’s quite another to be counted as one of many witnesses to the truth.

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