“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
The eleven men around the table plus Matthias and Paul would after Jesus’ resurrection bear such a profound witness to the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus that they would change the world. From this small crossroads land in the Roman Empire would rise the largest religion the world has ever known.
The road they took to proclaim Christ would not be easy. They were arrested, beaten, scorned and mocked. All but one would end up executed for preaching Christ crucified. They spent long periods in prison. They were driven out of towns. They went hungry. All this they did in obedience to Jesus’ command. They suffered these things to bring the Good News to the world.
That they did all they did and went to their deaths still proclaiming the Gospel is a testament to the truth of their message. People die for lies all the time, but they do not die for something they know is a lie. These men were with Jesus and they knew if He was resurrected or not. Now they might have gone out proclaiming the resurrected Jesus for their own benefit but when faced with the type of executions they were going to have all they needed to do was renounce Christ. Just say I made a mistake and they live. But they did not deny Christ. In fact they went to their deaths proclaiming Christ.
Today, we still have the same mission Jesus gave to His disciples, to bear witness to His life, death and resurrection. And to let the world see how Christ changed us. But so many of us keep quiet. We worry about being made fun of or that we might be embarrassed. We don’t want to make someone angry so we keep quiet. In the US we face none of the hardships that the early martyrs faced nor do we face the beatings and death the Christians face in the Middle East, India or China. Still we remain quiet.
Truth be told, here in the USA we are without excuse. Each of us in our own way using our own gifts need to be bearing witness to the truth that is Jesus. Yes someone may get mad at us and some may make fun of us while other call us intolerant or hateful but isn’t that a small price to pay to help one person see the truth that is Christ and save their immortal soul?
Have a blessed day,