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The Gospel of John – Testimonies about Jesus

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Jesus continues his response to His critics in Jerusalem. Up to now, Jesus has healed a crippled man on the Sabbath and He has claimed to be equal with God in works, love, judgment and honour. Now, Jesus speaks about the evidence to His claims. Jesus does not just say: “Have faith” or “believe it because I said so” , He offers reasons and testimony as to why He should be believed. This evidence is given in the form of human testimony, His miracles and the Word of God.

This passage of scripture is extremely important for biblical faith based purely on that Jesus makes no attempt to ask the people to trust Him blindly – “blind faith”. Jesus fulfills the requirements man needs for evidence by giving three separate lines of evidence to prove His claims.

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Testimonies About Jesus

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.

41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” John 5:31-47

In keeping with Jewish customs, Jesus knew He could not testify or bare witness to Himself, He needed witnesses or evidence to testify about Him. The need for human testimony is not something that Jesus requires, but Jesus understood that in order for the Pharisees to “believe”, they needed some sort of natural testimony.

The first testimony

Jesus specifically refers to John the Baptist, who bore witness to Jesus and proclaimed His anointing by the Holy Spirit. When the Pharisees came to investigate John the Baptist, he immediately pointed them away from himself and towards the Promised One – Jesus (John 1:25-28).

The second testimony

The next form of evidence Jesus provides is His miracle working abilities, which points directly to His divine nature – He has Godly power. These miracles were seen by others, including critics, first-hand and so Jesus can give this evidence as being far greater than the witness John the Baptist bore for Jesus.

This, is a major part to the Gospel of John – he specifically focuses on Jesus’ miracles, calling them “signs” . The purpose of choosing these miracles is to prove that Jesus is, in fact, God. Miracles are used by God sparingly as a way to prove His message (Hebrews 2:3–4). The fact that Jesus is wielding the power of God should inspire faith in those who see His works.

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The third testimony

In His final testimony, Jesus offers what should be the most powerful testimony of all – the written Word of God. But, unfortunately, these men were too focused on the law and the words in Scriptures that they had never heard God’s voice. Even so, if they knew the laws and scriptures so well, how is that they do not recognise Jesus? Simply put, knowledge is not the same as faith. They were filled with pride and arrogance and this blinded them to recognising that the Scriptures they knew so well were being fulfilled.

We can know the scriptures well, but still lack in faith. It is not enough to know about God as it is to have saving faith in God. Those who refuse to believe will not believe, with or without evidence.

This is a problem many people, many Christian denominations, face today. Their focus rests more on laws and traditions, power and prestige, rather than having faith in the truth. We, as Christians, are call to be believe by faith!

The Pharisees are not rejecting Jesus because they don’t have enough evidence. They are rejecting the evidence because they refuse to believe in Jesus.

Jesus is known for His love and kindness. But He was also willing to be confrontational and powerful when needed. In this passage of Scripture we see Jesus be confrontational. He gets personal with the Pharisees. Jesus has provided more than enough evidence and yet the very law the Pharisees are experts in condemns their actions and supports His claims. For Jesus to point to Moses—the cornerstone of Pharisaical traditions—as the very evidence that they were sinners is an intensely personal, direct challenge to their very identity.

Don’t be like a Pharisee!

There are many who profess to believe the Gospel. They are even good Bible teachers and go on to earn a Ph.D. in Theology. But when reading their written works or observing their way of life, we could seriously question whether they truly know Jesus in a saving way. Like these Jews, they have studied the Scriptures, but they missed coming to Christ so that they may have life.

Don’t be like that! The testimony of the witnesses to Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, is solid. Jesus spoke these words so that you may be saved.

Come to Him so that you may have eternal life.


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The Gospel of John – Living Water

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Prayers of Gratitude (part 3)

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God’s New Mercies

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

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16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

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Heavenly Father, today we want to thank You for new beginnings. Your mercies are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness to us even when we are not always faithful to You. Sometimes we walk away from You deliberately, through sin, in our lives. But many times, the distance between You and us is a slow fade, where we gradually spend less and less time with You and we can feel the difference. 

When we spend quality time with You every day, the same way Your Son did, we sense Your presence in our lives and Your love, joy and peace. As we get busy and don’t intentionally take time to be with You, we can feel a darkness settle over us. It may come in the form of worry, anxiety, self-pity, a complaining spirit or even sin. 

Abba Father, forgive us for the times we have ignored You. You are walking with us each day and yet many times we do not acknowledge Your presence. Empower us to change through Your Holy Spirit so that we can offer You the best part of our day, every day. Show us how important our time with You is each day and allow us to make You a priority in our lives, like we never have before.

Jesus, You knew how important time with Your Father was and often withdrew to a place so that You could be alone with Him. Many times this was early in the morning. Give us the willingness to make sacrifices to spend time with You, even if it means sacrificing sleep or giving up watching our favourite TV show or time on the internet.

We love You, Lord, and thank You for this fresh start today where we can make our relationship with You the biggest priority in our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Prayers of Gratitude (part 2)

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Daily Prayer – 22 June

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Spur one another on

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How do you spur someone to love and good works? These two things are the mark of true and intimate Christianity. Christians should never be judged by the confessions they make, or the faith they hold dear; it is always by their deeds. Have you manifested practical love in others? How far will you go to help someone crying out for help, someone who is destitute or disappointed, someone who needs an encouraging word or a helping hand or a generous check-in? This is the ultimate test.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:19-25

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How do you achieve this? I suggest two ways – First, never neglect meeting together, that is very important. Not giving up meeting together, but encouraging one another. If meeting up together, everyone feels loved and encouraged, the character of the meeting is sound. They are not to be discouraging meetings, they are to be encouraging meetings. They are to be meetings where you can hear again the tremendous, radical principles of Christian faith and to see again in human lives the mighty power of the Father whom we worship and serve; and where you can understand how God works through human society, how He is transforming and changing men everywhere. To meet together is to encourage one another in these things. That is what Christian services should be like: To hear the Word of God so that it comes home with power to the heart, and to share with one another the results of our convictions. If our services were more like this, we would not have difficulty in getting people to come.

The second way is a watchful awareness of the time. All the more as you see the Day approaching. The Day is the certain return of Jesus Christ. As evil becomes more subtle, as it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between truth and error, good and bad, right and wrong; as the insistent voices of our age pour out deceitful lies, and we find the whole of society permeated and infiltrated with false concepts that deny the truth of the Word of God, we need all the more to gather together and encourage one another by sharing the secrets of life in Christ Jesus.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You that we can the have confidence to enter the holy place through the blood of Jesus, which has washed us clean of our sins and cleansed our hearts.. by faith. Thank You that Jesus is our great High Priest and that we have access to God through the new and living way.. which He Himself gave for us through His flesh. I pray that we may draw nearer to You with every passing day so that our hearts may continue to be sprinkled clean from an evil conscience – so that we may walk in the newness of life in Christ.. to His praise and glory. thank You for giving Your only Begotten Son to tear down the wall of separation between Your perfection and our  sinfulness. Thank You that by His death we have been proclaimed righteous and dressed in His eternal righteousness, to Whom be all honour and glory we praise and thank You Father for the wonderful assurance of faith we have in Jesus. Thank You Father that we have been washed in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb and covered in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. Keep our ears open to Your voice and our hearts ready to follow Your guidance Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that while we were still dead in our trespasses and sins, Christ completed His finished work on the cross.. so that by grace through faith in Him, we might have forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. Thank You for those who taught us about the Lord Jesus and who demonstrated the love of Christ in their own lives – provoking me to love and good works in our own lives. Help us to be so in tune with You that others may be provoked unto love and good works through our witness thank You that we are part of the body of Christ and thank You for the opportunities we have to meet regularly with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we may actively seek out opportunities to meet together with other Christians.. so that together we may give mutual encouragement and motivate one another towards godly love and good works. And Lord, as the world becomes increasingly dark, I pray that none of us may fall into the trap of becoming isolated in our Christian walk, but may we grow in grace and wisdom and in a knowledge of You – enjoying godly fellowship and sound teaching – to Your praise and glory.

In Jesus Name, Amen

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