Passage: Acts 5:27-32
Sunday, April 24, 2022
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Rev. Will White preached on “We Are Witnesses" from the new series “We Are Witnesses” based on Acts 5:27-32 and John 20:19-31.
And everything changed in that moment. Moment? Event, perhaps. Everything changed with that event. Easter is a new start, a new creation. We didn’t go back to Eden, but the way to the kin-dom of God was opened on that day.
April 24, 2022 is the Second Sunday of Easter.
A piece of the story, that’s all we get here in Acts 5:27-32. A slice of life it is sometimes called. We skipped over Ananias and Sapphira—probably just as well, what a mess that one is. We stopped before we get to Gamaliel, good old Gamaliel, a politician’s politician. Maybe he was trying to do the right thing, or maybe he didn’t want to get his hands dirty. Who knows, but he isn’t in our story this week. We don’t even get the whole trial, or the arrest, or the complaint. It’s just a piece, just a slice of the story.
We Are Witnesses
The season after Easter is where we consider what it means to walk with Jesus into eternity. But it is not about life after death, or rather not only about life after death. It is very much about life before death, life in the face of death. It is about life and about bearing witness to a life that resembles a kin-dom existence right here and right now. It is this life, this justice and righteousness, this hope and this glory to which we can say with confidence, “We are witnesses.”