THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
WE ARE PROPHETIC WITNESSES
Today’s reading: Acts 2:14-32
Today is the day after the resurrection. “God raised
this Jesus” (Acts 2:32a). What now?
the day of Pentecost, Peter said, “of this we are all
witnesses.” (Acts 2:32b). We recall the final words
of Jesus before he ascended into heaven. “You are witnesses
of these things.” (Lk 24:48). The disciples were witnesses
to the resurrection and to everything Jesus said and did.
He would suffer, die and be raised. Then his disciples would
do their part. What was that? “Thus it is written that
the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third
day, and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would
be preached in his name to all the nations” (Lk 24:46-47).
disciples of Jesus were commissioned to preach repentance,
so that people would be brought back to God and thus experience
the salvation already won for them by Jesus on the cross.
They were being sent to proclaim this good news to the whole
Peter spoke of the prophet Joel and what “will come
to pass in the last days” (Acts 2:17a). We are already
in the last days. What Jesus spoke of as the signs of when
the end will come are already with us, especially the loss
of faith and the mounting persecution of Christians (Mt 24:9,12).
is God’s move? God “will pour out a portion of
(His) spirit upon all flesh.” (Acts 17b). It is God
who works in and through us. It is God who empowers us through
His Spirit. What is the effect on us? “Your sons and
your daughters shall prophesy, .... my servants and my handmaids
.... shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17c,18). To prophesy is
to act and speak in the name of God. It is to speak God’s
truth. We are God’s instruments, directly used by Him
to proclaim the truth of the gospel.
is the effect on those who hear? It is the very purpose of
evangelization. People hear the gospel, believe, and accept
Jesus as Savior and Lord. Thus, “it shall be that everyone
shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.” (Acts
Now Jesus worked “mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him” (Acts 2:22). God worked
through him, and if it is God who works, then such works will
be mighty and awesome. Now God also works in and through us.
We are His instruments. Thus Jesus says that we would also
do the works he does, and even greater ones than those (Jn
14:12). As God pours out a portion of His Spirit upon us,
He says, “I will work wonders in the heavens above and
signs on the earth below” (Acts 2:19a).
we BE.LI.EV.E, we too will see and experience that faith works
We are in the end times. We look to “the coming of the
great and splendid day of the Lord” (Acts 2:20b). Until
that time, like Peter let us stand up, raise our voices, and
proclaim to all (Acts 2:14a). Let the gospel be known to them,
as they listen to our words (Acts 2:14c).