Testimony


Don’t you just love people who talk about themselves in the third person, like they aren’t even there?! It’s one of the strangest behaviours we know, and it doesn’t build a person’s credibility.  Jesus knows this too, and so when he spoke, he backed it up with action…

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
John 5:31-40

Jesus knew that people don’t listen to self-glorification.  We’ve all heard people talk about themselves in the third person.  Marc is a Prophet.  Marc is trying to share with the world so that it can be a better place and reflect the goodness in Marc.  Except if it’s Marc speaking.  Then he is a pompous goof for speaking about himself in third person.

Jesus testifies about himself and knows that in the eyes of the world that doesn’t cut it.  So he points to John, who came before Jesus and testified about Jesus for all to hear.  John told us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  John said Jesus must increase and John himself decrease.  

Furthermore, Jesus told the religious leaders that in addition to John’s word, Jesus has a weightier testimony.  Jesus’ works – his miracles, healings, and teaching, are all testimony that the Father sent him. And back to the core issue, Jesus confronted that the religious leaders don’t believe the Father.

He says they have studied the Scriptures and yet still the word of God does not dwell within them…

Holy Wow…

We study the Scriptures today.  Does the word of God dwell within us?  We certainly hope so, and if so, we will hear the Father’s voice and believe him. Believe him about the Son…

The test is that those who believe the Father come to Jesus to have life (verse 40).

Have you done that?  If not, what is holding you back from eternal life through Jesus?  He wants to be the basis of your relationship with God…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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