Recently, the trial of Casey Anthony has captured the attention of many. Thanks to modern advancement,the mystique of courtroom drama is now broadcast live into our homes. I was thinking this morning about witnesses. You have to have witnesses no matter which side you’re on in a particular case.
Really, all a witness is is someone who testifies about what he or she knows. In a court room there are expert witnesses and there are just ordinary folks like us; but, they all perform the same function- the tell about what they know. Jesus said that we would be His witnesses when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us.
We are each called to tell what we know about Jesus. I like the story found in John 9, the time that Jesus healed the man who had been blind since birth. This miracle caused quite a commotion and resulted with the formerly blind man being brought up before the religious leaders of the Jews. Keep in mind, these leaders were hostile towards Jesus and the presence of this healed man really ticked them off.
They grilled him with questions about Jesus, claiming Jesus was a sinner and a nobody. I can imagine the man was probably frightened as well; but here is the beautiful part, he is still a witness: “I don’t know whether he[Jesus} is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”(Jn9:25) He didn’t know a lot, he just spoke of what he did know. And it could not be denied!
You don’t have to go to seminary, or be a “professional minister” to be a witness for Jesus- just tell what you know! Some folks have a dramatic testimony of deliverance, some have the testimony of Jesus’ continued faithfulness after coming to Him in their childhood, it doesn’t matter; tell what you know. Your life is a living “epistle”, proclaiming to others the reality of Jesus.
Be filled with he Spirit, and allow Him to use you as a witness who testifies to the things you have seen and heard from Jesus.
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It is interesting that our Lord didn’t say “you shall witness” but you sahll BE my witnesses. There’s a big difference. We were taught that witnessing was going out armed with our bibles but what is really powerful is “experiential” knowledge of the Lord. I know He heals is not witnessing…but He healed me, is.
Great article, Kyle. As human beings we love to complicate things, and to give an appearance of superiority and proficiency. Christ always maintained simplicity even in things of great depth.
It’s interesting that a lot of the words used in Koine were legal words used in the court. And the word used for witness was one such word that referred to a person who saw/heard or experienced something. Just like the blind man in John 9 admitted the things he didn’t know at the same time was a witness to what he experienced/saw and heard.
“… I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)
“I don’t know” is a good answer sometimes, if we are being genuine. 🙂