THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
Today’s reading: Acts 10:34-43
Lord is risen!
Jesus “all the prophets bear witness” (v.43a).
Peter said of the apostles, “We are witnesses”
(v.39a). Like them all, we too today are called. We are “witnesses
chosen by God in advance” (v.41b). Though we are not
among those “who ate and drank with him after he rose
from the dead” (v.41c), our task is the same, “to
preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed
by God as judge of the living and the dead.” (v.42b).
This is the Great Commission, and Jesus has “commissioned
are commissioned to be witnesses, and in this we are empowered
to witness. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the
holy Spirit and power.” (v.38). Now Jesus said that
as the Father had sent him, so he sends us. Thus he empowers
us with his Spirit. As the Holy Spirit has come down to us,
we received power to be witnesses to the ends of the earth
has finished his earthly ministry. He has died for us and
has risen from the dead. He has won salvation for all, and
“everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness
of sins through his name.” (v.43b). Go and proclaim
that good news.
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!