April 25th, 2012
RG AUDIO 042512Luke 24:36-53
A witness knows something from firsthand experience. The knowledge gained is not hearsay or secondhand. It was lived.
On February 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM, a car drove through the wall of an auto repair shop in Muncie, Indiana. John was working there at the time, and two of his colleagues narrowly escaped being killed. One of them had a number of tools and parts fly past his face. Another was pinned under a mound of debris. He was injured, but lived to work again. They were witnesses to a frightening, very unusual event.
Jesus said that his disciples were witnesses. The Scriptures declared that the Messiah “will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day” (Luke 24:46). The disciples knew, firsthand, both his death and his resurrection. They had watched him die. They had seen him, heard him, and held him after he rose. They knew something.
Believers know something; they are dead to sin and alive to God. They must say so.