Acts 3:1-16 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame FROM HIS MOTHER’S WOMB was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle BONES received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
And as the lame man which was healed HELD Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people. Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, AS THOUGH BY OUR OWN POWER OR HOLINESS WE HAD MADE THIS MAN TO WALK? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was DETERMINED to let him go. But ye DENIED the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; WHEREOF WE ARE WITNESSES. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know; yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
1) Hour of prayer, ninth hour, 3pm.
2) Lame from his mother’s womb was carried to the gate called beautiful.
3) Laid at the gate daily, Asked alms.
4) In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
5) The healed lame man HELD Peter and John.
6) NOT BY OUR POWER OR HOLINESS have we made this man to walk.
7) God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, GLORIFIED HIS SON.
8) God raised up Christ WHEREOF WE ARE WITNESSES.
It was said that man would never go to the moon: but the men who have been there, the very foot prints that they left behind, and the millions who saw its happening on Television, are all witnesses to their historical accomplishment.
Atomic submarines with their long range nuclear tipped ballistic missiles were but the dream of defense ministers. But their deterrent to the threat of war have made all nations witnesses of their existence.
This crucified Christ whose bodily functions should have ceased, whose heart, lungs, liver, and brain, should have been damaged beyond any possible hope of repair, whose limbs should have been stiff and deteriorating; but no sooner had He been declared dead and gone, He rose up from the dead and the disciples beheld him. They heard his voice, walked and talked with him, and THEY STOOD UP AND TOOK THE WITNESS STAND. The record OF THE EVENT and of THEIR TESTIMONY is in the following text:
Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, WHEREOF WE ALL ARE WITNESSES.
If I were to play the skeptic; I might stand before you and say:
There is no God!
I have never seen him with my NAKED eye and neither have you!
Your bible is a pack of contradictions!
There never was a miracle!
The water was never turned to wine!
Lazarus was not raised from the dead!
Christ certainly wasn’t raised from the dead and isn’t coming again. Your religion is an imposition on the credibility of this age or any other age.
And again I say, «THERE IS NO GOD!»
If I were to stand before you and make that statement: You would see strong, angry, red faced men standing to their feet proclaiming, «I was redeemed from a life of sin and shame when I met the master. Don’t tell me, I will tell you FOR I AM A WITNESS.»
The young mother would say, «I raised my children with the help of the Lord and had it not been for Him they would not have had a chance. I TOO AM A WITNESS.»
The aged man and woman would proclaim, «I have served Him for many years and He has never failed me one time. We aren’t impressed, FOR WE ARE WITNESSES OF HIS MERCY AND GRACE.»
Together they would cry out, «WE ARE WITNESSES! For we all know Him.»
Luke 19:29-40 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, BLESSED BE THE KING THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD: PEACE IN HEAVEN, AND GLORY IN THE HIGHEST. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, THE STONES WOULD IMMEDIATELY CRY OUT.
NATURE ITSELF IS A WITNESS AND CRIES OUT.
Pick up an acorn, the seed of the great oak, cut it open and look and you see virtually nothing; but put it into the ground and the mighty oak emerges, reaching its branches into the heaven. The small acorn is a witness to the existence of God.
The fertile egg, a union of a sperm and egg, holds within its boundaries the encoded map that produces the human being, the most complex of all organisms, which no man even begins to completely understand. This microscopic egg has all the intelligence of a completely formed person. The egg cries out as a witness.
This earth is but a speck of dust in the vastness of the universe and yet there is an incredible number of variables balancing just perfectly for our accommodation of which without any single one we could not exist. The earth is a witness.
The sun is being consumed at a rate of MILLIONS OF TONS OF MASS EVERY SECOND. Tomorrow the sun will be smaller than it is today. As we go back in time the sun would get larger. It would only be possible to go back some 10,000 years where the sun would be so big its heat would scorch the surface of the earth preventing any form of life as we know it. Go back 100,000 years, the sun would be so large; earth would be drawn into the sun’s gravitational force and would be totally consumed. Going back as far as the evolutionists claim, the sun would take up a space that would consume our galaxy and eventually the entire universe. The sun is a witness to God’s created universe.
Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
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Comparing ourselves to the apostle Paul we have done little.
II Corinthians 11:16-30 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also, For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffer, If a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren: In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak: who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.»
Again, comparing ourselves to Paul, we haven’t done much.
1) Are they Hebrews? so am I.
2) Are they Israelites? so am I.
3) Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
4) Are they ministers of Christ? I am more.
5) In labours more abundant.
6) In stripes above measure.
7) In prisons more frequent.
8) In deaths oft.
9) Five times received 39 stripes of the Jews.
10) Beaten with rods 3 times.
11) Stoned 1 time.
12) Suffered shipwreck 3 times.
13) Been in the deep, a night and a day.
14) In journeyings often.
15) In perils of waters, robbers, own countrymen, the heathen, in the city, in the wilderness, sea, and among false brethren.
16) In weariness and painfulness, in watchings, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness
17) In addition: the charge of «The care of the Churches.»
Comparing ourselves to man we can always find someone sorrier than we are and say, «I’m not that bad, I’ve done pretty well for the Lord.» Â
But comparing ourselves to God’s standard:
Romans 12:1-3 I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove WHAT is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, NOT TO THINK OF HIMSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
You say you attend church,
You say you teach,
You say you pass out tracts,
You say you preach the gospel,
You say you serve,
You say you give,
You say you help in the kitchen,
You say you drive a bus,
You say you sing in the choir,
You stand and brag on your accomplishments as a common fool, while millions are lost and going to hell.
The lost and dying sinner cries out!
«So What! BE YE WITNESSES UNTO HIM»
The Christian martyrs of ages gone by, cry out!
«So What! BE YE WITNESSES UNTO HIM»
The legions of angels cry back!
«So What! BE YE WITNESSES UNTO HIM»
And nature itself would say!
«So What! BE YE WITNESSES UNTO HIM»
Together they say, «THAT IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE, BE YE WITNESSES UNTO HIM.»
Jesus himself would cry out, «So What! BE YE WITNESSES UNTO ME.»
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
So Christ declares, «BE YE WITNESSES UNTO ME.»
Again they say, «Not by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk. But God hath glorified his son Jesus Christ.
If people aren’t being saved its because THERE ARE NO WITNESSES or THE WITNESSES ARE BEING SILENT, they have given to their own glory and not the glory of Jesus Christ the risen saviour. Where are the witnesses?
In a court of law two witnesses establish a fact.
There are millions who can witness that Christ can:
Convert a soul, and change a life;
Give comfort in time of trouble;
Afford composure in the last hour.
As the song writer so rightly put it and I along with many millions of others can say, «I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.»
Thanks to a witness I began going to church and found Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.