…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…
Most of us have an interesting story about how we came to be a follower of Jesus Christ. With a few exceptions, most of these accounts, have at their core, individuals who influenced us. There are grandmothers who taught us to pray, Sunday school teachers who taught us Bible stories, and parents who dragged us to church in spite of our resistance. They make up our cloud of witnesses - people who faithfully pointed to the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.
It is important to remember our witnesses. They represent stories of others who influenced them; thus carrying on the legacy of faith. Our life of faith today is, or should be, a reflection of those who influenced us. For some the impact was as small as a grain of sand and for others the significance of how they helped shape us, lives with us daily. No matter the weight of influence, they made a difference in our lives.
When Jesus appears at the river Jordan he, too, has a cloud of witnesses behind him. For thousands of years faithful individuals pointed to the promises of God and Jesus was the embodiment. He increases the cloud's depth by pointing the way to God.
While we may think fondly of our “witnesses” it is important to also think of ourselves as “witnesses.” Every day is yet another opportunity to faithfully point to the faithfulness of Jesus. It is how the legacy of faith continues and the cloud of witnesses multiplies.
Jesus, thank you for each witness that you have brought into my life.
Help me to carry on their legacy of faith
by being a faithful witness to others.