Believing and Bearing Witness

Scripture: John 19:35, ‘He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.’

 

Observations: The ‘it’ that this individual saw is Jesus’ crucifixion, in particular the fact that while the soldiers broken the other two men’s legs, they did not break Jesus’ because he was already dead, which they confirmed by thrusting a spear into his side (v32-34). So who is this individual? This gospel is attributed to the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee and the brother of James. John was known as the ‘beloved disciple,’ the one who sat next to Jesus at the last supper. He is also the one who cared for Jesus’ mother Mary after he died on the cross (v26-27). John writes his account of Jesus as a way of witnessing to the world that Jesus really was the Son of God. He affirms that what he has written ‘is true,’ and ‘that he is telling the truth.’ But then John gives the reason why he is writing all this, ‘that you also may believe.’ John’s purpose isn’t to relate history, or to communicate certain facts, it’s so that you will believe in Jesus, that you will believe that he is the Son of God, that you will believe that he died on the cross that you might be reconciled with God.

 

Application: Firstly, do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus is who John says he is, that he is the Son of God, that he is God in the flesh (see 1:1-18)? Do you believe that he died on the cross in your place, so that the penalty for your sins has been paid in full, and you have been reconciled with God and received eternal life? If you don’t then John would suggest you read his account again. Secondly, like John are you bearing witness to Jesus, are you giving your testimony? Are you telling other people about what you know to be true, about what you have read in God’s word and experienced in your own life? Today look for an opportunity to share your faith. If you don’t have an opportunity to meet someone, give someone a phone call, send an email, or text, or post something on Facebook that will bear witness to God’s grace and love in Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that You sent Your own Son into our world in the person of Jesus Christ, and that in Him You lived amongst us. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for all of my sin, and that through His precious blood I have been forgiven, and that I now belong to You for all eternity. Lord, You have poured out Your love and grace into my life and I pray that it will overflow into the lives of others. Lord, may I not be timid in proclaiming the truth, the gospel about Jesus Christ. Fill me with Your Spirit today, that I might not just be holy as You are holy, but that I might tell others about how excellent You are. In Jesus’ name and for Your glory I pray. Amen.

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