Then he [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”Luke 24:45-48
Serving as a jurist rather than as a witness requires a different perspective. A witness has firsthand knowledge. A juror is without foreknowledge of the situation, and judges the evidence spoken by the witness.
Most of us are easily convinced jurists when it comes to life. We are led by the witness of the media or loud voices around us to believe many things that have no truth in them. When we want to believe something is true, we hesitate to even check the facts.
Isn’t it strange then, that most people are unconvinced jurists when it comes to Jesus? He has the witness of a book written about Him, passed down from one generation to the next, with many prophesies fulfilled, including the testimony of thousands who saw Him teach, heal, and restore. Today there are thousands who have personal stories of His love, His forgiveness, His healing, and His presence. Jesus has more witnesses validating who He is than any court requires. Even so, most of the world refuses to hear or believe the testimony of the Bible, of history, and of His followers today.
In the last days of Jesus’ life, He gave His followers a commission. He said, “You are witnesses of these things.” From that time until today, Jesus’ followers are fulfilling the commission He left us. This makes Christmas a sweet experience for His witnesses who celebrate with joy the good news of Jesus. We who know Him are His witnesses.