Today’s Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Daily Lectionary: Numbers 11:24-29; 12:1-16; Luke 17:20-37
“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.” (Acts 1:8)
In the Name of Jesus. Amen. Witnesses are those who speak the truth about what they have seen. Luke says that he had questioned eyewitnesses before writing his Gospel and this book of the Acts of the Apostles. So also, Jesus sends His apostles as witnesses to the ends of the earth to speak what they have come to know about Him.
It is sometimes hard to get witnesses to agree, though. There are just enough differences amongst the Gospel records that some people doubt any of it is true. The same thing happens in everyday life. You’ve probably had two people tell you the same story in completely different ways, yet they both swore their versions were true.
What is consistent though, what never changes, is the content of what these witnesses speak to their hearers. The content can’t change, because it is the very living and active Word of God. It is the truth of the work of the salvation of all mankind through the life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God. You wouldn’t know about that, though, if the apostles had just stayed in Jerusalem or Galilee after Jesus’s ascension. They had to be sent. They had to go, teaching and baptizing along the way.
This is how the message of your salvation came to you. From lips to ears to heart, generation after generation, the Holy Spirit guided and gave power to His witnesses so that the number of the faithful would grow daily by the power of that same Word. Thanks be to God that He saw fit to deliver His Word and His Son and your salvation to you this way. Not only do you have a fleshly Jesus, you have a fleshly witness, given for you in your pastor to teach, comfort, and guide you in this life, until your risen and ascended Lord returns to gather you into His New Creation. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Duane Bamsch
To our lives of wanton wand’ring Send Your Spirit, promised guide; Through our lives of fear and failure With your pow’r and love abide; Welcome us, as You were welcomed, To an endless Eastertide. (Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels, LSB 491:3)