April 19

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

John 20:19-31

A witness speaks out of personal experience, not hearsay. A witness testifies not only by words, but by body language and by actions as well. Without the appropriate demeanor, words fall flat. They sound hollow. Since Christians are called to be witnesses of Christ’s resurrection, how can we be effective witnesses? It’s not enough to relay what others have told us or to simply repeat church doctrine.  It’s not a matter of theological or biblical knowledge.  It has to come out of our own personal experience. But we haven’t had the visual experience that Christ’s followers had in the period soon after his death. However, that does not mean that we have not had an experience of Christ – alive, impacting our lives, challenging us, leading us and encouraging us. How has Christ impacted your life? Called you to a conscious and deliberate commitment to live under his authority, influenced the direction your life has taken, involved you in service for God and for other people, expanded your vision to give you a bigger view of life than once you had, healed you, released you from a heavy burden? Let’s not keep such experiences to ourselves. Here is something to share from the heart with anyone willing to listen. But remember, we witness to the resurrection not only by what we say, but by the way we live, the attitudes we exhibit, the way we relate to others. Let’s live the resurrection, not just believe in it. Let’s be the Easter people, not just those who celebrate it, even if, at this time we celebrate it in isolation.

  • How has Christ impacted your life?
  • How can we be effective witnesses to Christ’s resurrection?
  • If our witness is not just repeating church teaching or quoting biblical passages, what is the relationship between doctrine and witness?
  • How do Easter people live?