Monday, October 7, 2019
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19
In John chapter 5, Jesus calls six witnesses to the stand to prove His messiahship.
The first witness is His own testimony. However, in verse 31 He admits, “If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true.” This is in agreement with Jewish law that a man’s word about himself is not sufficient evidence.
So the second witness He calls to the stand is John the Baptizer. He says in verse 33, “You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.”
In John 1:29, John the Baptizer publically declares of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” The rabbis taught that only God can forgive sins. John effectively says, “Here is God, in the flesh!”
The third witness Jesus calls to the stand is His miraculous work. The Prophet Isaiah repeatedly declared that when the Messiah comes, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the lame will leap for joy. Jesus performed these signs on numerous occasions.
The fourth witness Jesus calls to the stand is God the Father. He says in verses 37: “And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form.” Jesus is most likely pointing back to His baptism by John (Mark 1), and the Mount of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17); and pointing ahead to His crucifixion (John 19), and His resurrection (Romans 1). The fifth witness Jesus calls to the stand is the Old Testament. He says in verses 39-40:
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
The Jewish scribes and leaders studied the Scriptures every day. They poured over the text so thoroughly that they knew exactly how many consonants were in each line. Sadly, they memorized the grammar of Scripture but they missed the God of Scripture.
The sixth and final witness, undoubtedly a surprise to these Jewish leaders, is Moses. Jesus says in verse 45: “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.”
Paul tells us in Romans 1 that men “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Jesus’ audience could clearly see all the evidence; they just chose to ignore it.
Our culture is doing the same thing today, isn’t it? After 2,000 years, Jesus is still on trial. He is still being maligned and questioned in universities, media outlets, and even churches, by those who suppress the truth.
Thankfully, God gave us these six witnesses to continually guide our way. And, more miraculously, He gave us His Holy Spirit, who is the most precious witness of all. As Paul reminds us in Romans 8:16,“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”
So cling to these evidences today. Submit yourself to the witnesses of Scripture as you ask God to guide you deeper in your relationship with Him.