June 16 (Acts 1:21)
So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus. (NLT)
When our son was at an exploratory day for the university he was considering, we had lunch with other families and students from the school that offered the program he was interested in. We asked one of the students from that school, but not from his program, what she could tell us about the program. She had some vague knowledge, and none of it was encouraging. Later, our son and I met with a young man who had graduated from that same university with a degree in that program, and his story was completely different. He could not have been more enthusiastic about it, had lots of good information to share, and was more than happy to be an ongoing support for our son. What was the difference? He actually knew what he was talking about because he had experienced it.
When the disciples needed to pick a replacement for Judas, they knew that it had to be someone who had spent time with Jesus. It would not be enough for someone to know about Him. Whoever the replacement would be would have to have deep, authentic, personal knowledge, the kind that could only come from knowing Jesus directly.
After two thousand years nothing has changed. There are many scholars who can tell you about Jesus, and you certainly do not need to be a Christian to teach someone about the ancient Roman empire or the Hebrew culture in which Jesus lived. But if you want to know Jesus, you need to get around people who actually know Him, people who have walked with Him and heard His voice. And if you are one of those people who know Him personally, then you are desperately needed to share what you know. We live in the Information Age, and it has never been easier to find facts about anything and everything. What the world truly needs is for those like the first disciples, people who have walked and talked with Jesus, to share with enthusiasm what it means to live with Him.
Lord Jesus, open my lips that my mouth may not only declare Your praise but proclaim the truth about You to those who do not know You. Open my eyes to opportunities to share what it is like to live with You, my loving and matchless Lord. Amen.
Special Feature: Here is a clip from the classic sermon by Dr. S. M. Lockridge, “Do You Know Him?”