Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria…

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8

We started to look yesterday at this verse, which Jesus gave to the disciples immediately before He ascended to Heaven, leaving them to continue His earthly ministry.  These were their “marching orders.”  They are still today our “marching orders.”  Yesterday we looked at what it meant to be a witness.  Today we will look at where we are to be a witness.

“…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  It is interesting to note the progression in which these locations are given.

First is Jerusalem.  That is where the disciples were.  It was their “home city.”  We each have a “home city,” in which we are supposed to be “witnessing unto Him.”

Next is Judaea.  That would have been the “state” or localized area they were in.  We are to be witnessing to those in our state or our “area.”

Next is Samaria.  That was a neighboring area, and an area that many Jews did not like and even looked down on.  But they were still to be witnesses there.  We all have neighboring areas, whether they be neighboring states or even neighboring countries in which we should be witnessing.

The last location takes it all in: “unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  That would include everywhere.  We are to witnessing everywhere.  There is no wrong place to tell someone what the Lord Jesus has done for you.  There is no wrong person to tell how Jesus saved your soul.

We are to be witnesses everywhere, to everyone.  How are we doing?

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