Read Acts 1:1–9
NOT PROPHETS BUT WITNESSES
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up. —Acts 1:9
Ponder our Lord’s last earthly words—“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up.” What were the words just spoken? They comprised an earnest admonition that the disciples become witnesses rather than prophets. Note what precedes: “They asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power”—I’m not needing prophets; it’s not best for you to know times and seasons—“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
Last words are usually important. Surely the last words of our Lord must be. The people were interested in times and seasons. In other words, they wanted the prophet’s role. Our Lord wanted “witnesses.”
Are you witnessing for Him? Do you tell the world what He means to you? This testimony on your part will intensify His meaning in your own life, and as you testify you grow a better testimony. Not prophets but witnesses—this was His last plea.
LORD, help us to witness for Thee, always and everywhere; and grant that our witness may turn men and women to Thee and to eternal life. Amen.
L. N. D. WELLS
East Dallas Christian Church, Dallas, Tex.