Wednesday: 28th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 21:12-19
Luke 21:12-13 But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
Standing trial when there is a very clear chance of being found guilty is nothing to write home about. In fact, it isn’t anything to consider making a joke out of because on all fronts, the experience isn’t a pleasant one. Simply put, it really doesn’t sound like a good time to tell someone on trial to put on a happy face.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples of what is likely to happen because they believe in his name. The message version paints this picture in an even grimmer sense: ‘they’ll arrest you, hunt you down, and drag you to court and jail. It will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name.’
Regardless, for Jesus, even that scenario presented another opportunity to bear witness. These words today don’t come from an inexperienced novice, they proceeded from a man who withstood rapid fire question and answer rounds, together with persecution from the Jews. A man even unafraid to tell Pilate, who had ‘power’ to set him free, the truth to his face before he was sentenced to be crucified.
The reality is, on many occasions, witnessing is the very last thing on our minds when we find ourselves in difficult situations. It is almost a normal feeling to say something in response to Jesus along the lines of ‘Like seriously? you expect me to think of witnessing when my life hangs in the balance?’ Clearly, that is not an easy task, but most certainly, it is also not impossible.
Remember # through it all, we can still tell others about the God we serve and the saviour who saved us.