The risen Lord Jesus had told his followers to meet him in Galillee following his resurrection. Forty days later he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

So they left the mountain called Olives and returned to Jerusalem. It was a little over half a mile. They went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place,

Peter,

John,

 James,

 Andrew,

 Philip,

 Thomas,

 Bartholomew,

 Matthew,

 James, son of Alphaeus,

 Simon the Zealot,

  Judas, son of James.

Acts 1:12-13 (The Message)

Take a look at the remaining eleven disciples. A motley crew of fishermen, tax collectors, political activists, and other odd bods. Not the group you would choose to begin a world wide movement for a radical spiritual faith. On their track record in the gospels you wouldn’t gamble on their staying the course. History, however, proves otherwise. Nearly all the early disciples went from their homes and spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the Roman empire and beyond. All but one met a painful martyr’s death for their sedition against Rome and their offence against religion.

But what about us. We may be said to be unlikely candidates for a world wide movement for a radical spiritual faith too. But if we were ever to face the charge of spreading the gospel, through our thoughts, our words, our actions, would there be enough evidence to convict us. Martyr literally means ‘witness’ and Jesus calls his followers to be his witnesses throughout ‘Jerusalem, Judea, and to the ends of the earth.’ Will we have courage to be his witnesses where we are, no matter the cost?

Lord, grant me the courage to be a witness to your good news today, in thought, in word, and in deed. Let me display your sacrifical love in my life that others will see how beautiful you are. Amen.

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