Jesus didn’t leave behind a program, list of instructions or a government.
On the night He was betrayed every one of His disciples was asking, “What now?”
And He took bread, broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying, “This is my body.”
And He took a cup, saying, “This is my blood… for the forgiveness of sins.”
And then He said, “Eat it. Drink it.” Forty days later He said, “Be my Witnesses.”
Our faith does not create the Atonement.
But the Atonement creates our faith and turns us into witnesses.
In Revelation 10, the Word of God and Angel of Yahweh, hands a scroll to John and says, “Eat it. It will be bitter in your stomach and sweet on your lips.”
In Revelation 11, we meet the witnesses.
They are one body with one mouth that breaths fire which consumes their foes.
They battle the Beast, who is the Antichrist, under the dominion of the Dragon.
You are those witnesses. What keeps you from witnessing?
Some think, “I don’t know what to say.”
But only you, and Jesus in you, know what to say—you’re a witness.
Some say, “I don’t like selling stuff.”
But if you think you’re selling stuff, it’s not the Gospel—the Gospel is free.
Some admit, “The Gospel doesn’t feel like Good News.”
Then, maybe the Gospel you’re sharing isn’t good, isn’t news, and isn’t the Gospel.
Some think, “It’s too much responsibility.”
If you think it’s your responsibility to save people, you’re not testifying to Christ, but to the imitation Christ—the antichrist.
Some say, “It’s unkind . . . The witnesses in Revelation 11, breathe fire.”
John once asked permission to call down fire on the Samaritans.
But Jesus turned and spoke words of Fire to John.
The Fire burned the beast and conquered the throne in the temple of John’s soul.
The Fire transformed the Son of Thunder into the Apostle of Love.
The Word was bitter in John’s stomach and then, sweet on his lips.
A few years later, John baptized Samaria in the Holy Spirit—that’s sweet and that’s Fire.
God is Love. God is Fire. God is One. True Love is Fire.
If you ingest the Word and Digest the Word, the Fire on your lips will be kind.
It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance.
Some say, “I’ll fail.”
Yes. The Beast kills the witnesses and that’s the best witness.
They don’t testify to their own ego—that’s the imitation Christ.
They testify to “God is Salvation”—that’s Jesus Christ.
Some say, “It won’t work.”
It’s the only thing that will work.
Legislation, armies, principalities, and powers won’t work, but this will work.
“We conquer by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.”
The Word of our testimony is Jesus.
*Sermon discussion questions are available here: 4.22.2018 Discussion Questions