You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
It was September 9, 1983. I had started my senior year of high school. After I got out of school, my dad took my brother and I (as I remember) to a Chicago White Sox game.
They were playing the California Angels towards the end of what would be a pretty special season, especially for this young (at the time) White Sox fan.
We got to the park a little early to watch batting practice and it was a good thing that we did. Because the first inning was one for the history books!
The White Sox entered the game with a 15 game lead in the American League Western Division and were just about to clinch the division pennant and a ticket to the American League Championship Game (they would clinch the following week).
Part of what made it special was that this would be the first time the White Sox made the post-season since losing the 1959 World Series.
But what made it historical was that for the first time ever, the Chicago White Sox hit three home runs in a row.
Tommy John (yes, the guy famous for the elbow surgery) was pitching for the Angels. In the first inning my favorite player, Carlton “Pudge” Fisk, strode to the plate and hit a bomb over the left field fence.
Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek was the next batter and he, too, hit a bomb over the fence.
Finally, Greg “The Bull” Luzinski made history by hitting the ball off the facing of the upper deck of left field.
I’ll never forget that day as long as I live. What an incredible game! In addition to the back-to-back-to-back historical homeruns, pitcher Britt Burns threw a 1-hit shutout and the White Sox crushed the Angels 11-0.
And I was there to witness it (along with 36,000 other witnesses).
Witnessing something amazing like that prompts a person to tell others about it. And I certainly did. I called my friends that weekend to tell them about it and I told all the guys at school about it Monday morning (this was before the internet so I couldn’t tweet it, check-in on Facebook, or post a picture on Instagram).
Being a witness means that you saw something and/or heard something and then you tell others about it.
That’s exactly what the disciples of Jesus did.
They witnessed Jesus. They saw and heard the things Jesus said and did for about three years. They witnessed his teaching, miracles, his suffering and death. And they witnessed his gloriously resurrection.
Well, they didn’t actually see Jesus rise from the dead. No one saw that. But they did see Jesus after he rose from the dead. Some of them even touched the places the nails and spear pierced him.
They witnessed Jesus and so now they will tell others. That’s what witnesses do.
You and I are also witnesses. We haven’t seen Jesus like those original disciples did. But we do have their eye-witness accounts! The four Gospels, the Book of Acts, and the New Testament Epistles.
We also have experiences of Jesus to witness to. Jesus comes to us in, with, and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins, life and salvation.
We have blessings from God through Jesus Christ – children, spouses, families, material blessings, health, etc.
And we are to be witnesses of Christ for all of this. Jesus has done all this for us because he loves us!
As witnesses of Jesus we love God and love our neighbors, even our enemies. As Jesus promised, the power of the Holy Spirit is upon us through the Means of Grace (God’s Word and Sacraments).
That power makes us powerful witnesses of Jesus so that others may know Jesus and enjoy his blessings and love!
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