Crossroads: Being a Witness

Luke 24:44-53

Your Story

Talk about a time when you witnessed something important. Did it change you?

My Story and the Bible Story

My grandmother calls herself a “scrap baby.” She was born in 1928, on the cusp of the Great Depression. Because she was the baby of her family, she always received the scraps—the leftovers or hand-me-downs. Although she was young during the Great Depression, it forever changed her. She learned how to make things last. She learned the value of money and the importance of not spending more than you have. As an adult, she has a lot more than she did as a child, but she is still careful with her money. I’m fortunate that she passed many of those lessons on to me. Over her ninety years of life, the world has changed dramatically. But no matter how much changes, for the better or for the worse, she has always trusted that God is with her. She hasn’t allowed any of the things she has witnessed to take away her faith.

Read Luke 24:44-53.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion. They knew that Jesus was dead. And Jesus’ death changed them forever. But so did the Resurrection. And then, when they witnessed Jesus’ ascension to heaven, they knew that everything had changed. And they praised God for what He had done. But that’s not the end of the story. Afterwards, they got to work, sharing with everyone they saw about Jesus. They told others what they had witnessed, and they told them about God’s amazing love. When we witness something, we don’t keep it to ourselves. We tell others about it. My grandmother told me stories about her childhood so that I would understand. She taught me (and continues to teach me) the lessons she learned so that I can be better. The disciples taught everyone what they had witnessed, and their witness changed the world. They shared God’s love with others, and those who accepted were changed. It is because the disciples shared what they witnessed that we, 2000 years later, believe in Jesus. When you witness something God does, share it with others! You may just help change their lives.

Discussion

  1. Talk about something God has done in your life. Have your children share what God has done in their lives.
  2. How can you share with others what God has done for you?
  3. Choose someone this week to tell what God has done for you.
  4. Pray, thanking God for the disciples who shared the story of Jesus with everyone they met. Ask for courage in sharing what we have witnessed with others.

Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.

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