Witnesses of His Resurrection

May 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

Someone once called Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 “the first recorded faith crisis of the Early Church.”  How to deal with the Judas embarrassment?  It draws a picture of a group of Jesus followers gathering in the Upper Room who are suddenly dumped in a situation of discernment.  Their leader ascended into heaven and they now have to learn what it means to wait on his return.  It is time to discern how to take up their responsibility of continuous leadership (1:20).  It is important to notice how this moment of discernment happens in an environment of constant prayer – “They all joined together constantly in prayer…” (1:14).  Within this posture of prayer, the criteria became clear:  someone has to continue the apostolic ministry through witnessing of Jesus’ resurrection (1:22-25).  With the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), this became the ministry of all of us.  Let us spend time in prayer today so that the Lord can also show to me and you how He wants us to witness to others today about his living reality among us.

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