Bible Devotions

If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true

on June 8, 2009

Read John 5:31-40.

In Biblical times, it was custom to have two or three witnesses to establish the truth.  Well, Jesus gave us four witnesses.  Jesus never ran around saying, “Hey everyone I am the Savior of the world.”  He didn’t say, “I am God so you’d better listen to me.”  Instead, He relied on four other witnesses — the word of God, God the Father, what others said of Him, and His life.

Jesus told the Jews the scriptures testified of Him.  He went so far as explaining, if they had believed Moses then they would believe Him because the word of God was written about Him.  Think about this.  All the writing of Moses, the first five books of the Bible, testified of Jesus.  Contained in those five books are the account of creation, sin, sacrifice, the Ten Commandments, disobedience by children of God, inheritance and the promises of God.  All those things were pictures of Jesus and His purpose.   Then there are the prophetic books indicating the Messiah coming from a virgin birth and other references of the Messiah’s work when He arrived here (Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah 53).  Scripture speaks of Jesus.

Jesus explained the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me.  Remember, when John the Baptist, baptized Jesus?  A voice from heaven said, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  At the transfiguration, Peter, James and John, witnessed the Father speaking from heaven again saying, “This is My Son, listen to Him.”  God the Father testified of Jesus.

Jesus let others say who He was.  In both Matthew 26:62-64 and Mark 15:2 when the priests and Pilot asked him if he was the son of God, king of the Jews, Jesus answered, “It is as you say.”  He didn’t rub their noses in it.  He didn’t fight His way out of the circumstance He was in.  He didn’t monologue all the proof points of His deity.  He simply let other’s speak of Him.  In John 1:29, John 1:32-35, John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus to be the Lamb of God and the Son of God.  Peter confessed Him as “the Christ”.  Philip told his brother we’ve found the Messiah, come and see.  Even Simeon an elderly priest upon seeing the 8 day old Jesus, said  he could die in peace for he had seen the promised One.

As if all these witnesses were not enough, Jesus also let His life and His works demonstrate who He was.  No mere human could have done all the things Jesus did.  His works pointed to His deity and power.  He healed a man who was born blind.  Never before had that happened.  He cast out demons from a little girl, the little boy, and the man at the tombs.  He healed lepers which was incurable in those days.  He even raised the dead multiple times.  There was a young man, a little girl, Lazarus and of course Himself, all were raised from the dead.

Following Jesus example, we don’t need to tell people we are Christians.  Our very life should be testimony enough.  Proverbs 27:2 says “Let another man praise you; and not your own mouth; a stranger and not your own lips.”   As we take Jesus’ commands to heart and begin living them out, our lives become the very “light of the world” Jesus called us to be.  Jesus told us to love one another for in doing so the world will know we are His disciples.

Would others know you’re a Christian by your behavior, words, or works?  What does your life say about Jesus?

Lord thank you for your example, your word and your spirit to lead us into all truth.  Guide us this day that your word may abide in us.  Let your love shine through us so the world may see you, believe you are real and be saved for all eternity.  In your precious name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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