This passage made me think of a scenario where several people are trying to accomplish something, but nobody seems to be able to do it. Then they get back together and one person says, “last night I got it.” Then all the others immediately question that because there is nobody to verify that it actually happened.
Many people, even you, may say that Jesus is not God and what he said is not true. But Jesus is telling us here that there is another that can back up his claims. At first it may look like John the Baptist is the one that Jesus is referring too, which would not have been a bad choice. Remember, he baptized Jesus and was a very godly man. Jesus takes it to the next level though. In verse 36, Jesus reveals that the witness he is referring to is God Himself, the Father. The whole reason that John the Baptist was who he was and had the testimony he had was because of the Father. This was huge in this time because John was viewed so highly.
Have you really considered the validity of the claims of Christ?
I ask this because believing and trusting what Jesus has claimed is crucial to our faith. Jesus talks about how not trusting in what He says and what the Father has given witness to concerning him means that the Word does not abide in you. He says that the scriptures which are God-breathed bear witness to all that he has said.
Do you search the scriptures for answers? For all answers concerning all things.
Jesus’ next few statements make it clear that sin will keep people from believing and trusting in Him. Even when there are the greatest and most credible witnesses and accounts, people will still choose the latter because they are clouded by their sin. It takes God giving man clarity to see the offer of repentance through the true claims and actions of Jesus.
When you as a believer are trying to win someone to Jesus, remember that it is the Holy Spirit that draws their heart. You can have the best presentation and the clearest words but people may still choose not to believe. It is imperative to remember that it isn’t eloquent speech or confidence that will win someone to Jesus, which is why we are pointed to the scriptures and to God himself as a witness to Jesus.
Do you rely on yourself or God when sharing His story with others? Remember that His testimony is the most powerful evidence.
By: Dakota Gragg