This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Franklin Garcia.
Jesus told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations... You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24:46-48
Jesus appeared to his disciples in his resurrected body. They were frightened, and so Jesus asked them, “Why are your hearts filled with doubt”? The disciples did not expect that Jesus would rise from the dead. He explained to the disciples that everything that had happened was announced by him. He reminds them that he spoke to them all those things that were written of Him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Jesus told them that the Scriptures should be fulfilled: The Messiah should suffer, die, and rise on the third day and they should proclaim in the name of Jesus the repentance for the forgiveness of sins. God’s plan was coming to pass. He announced these events long time ago through his prophets.
Now that the Scriptures had been fulfilled with Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, the message of repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to others by his followers.
A witness is one who personally witnesses something; he has a first-hand encounter and then testifies of what he has seen. We might not be able to preach but we can bear a living testimony of the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, and ascended Christ.