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2162 What is a witness?

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 ESV

As followers of Jesus we act as his “witnesses” all over the earth. Let’s consider this for a while, starting with the fundamental question: what is a witness? We can understand this matter best when we observe the role of witnesses in any court of law. When a case is heard, “witnesses” are called. They are those who were involved with the matter in some or other way. They can reliably tell exactly what happened, who said what, what happened next, etcetera. It’s important to the court that the witness merely relays his personal experience of the events in a trustworthy manner. His focus is just on WHAT happened, not on guessing WHY it happened, or on interpreting or explaining the events. He also needn’t convince the court of anything. Do you see? A witness of Jesus merely tells what his own experience of Jesus is. It’s just his own story! He needn’t be a specialist on the Bible or theology. He isn’t an evangelist – he’s a WITNESS! That’s all.

Lord, I do have a story to tell. I do have a testimony! Make me wise – and bold – in telling about it! Amen.

Only tell what you know!

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