I’m still amazed at how much I’m learning by doing these blogs. I’ve traveled the landscape of His word many times, yet I’ve dashed right past so many wonderful views. Views that reach into my heart, my mind, my soul; views that cry the Name of the One who loves me, the name of the one on whom I call. How can one miss so much testimony?
How can one not hear the overpowering voices of the witnesses?
I don’t know how… but I know its possible. Both my own life and the Scriptures guarantee to me that it’s possible. From verse 31 on to the end of the chapter, John 5 tells us about witnesses for Jesus. Not just one witness, and none of them small or insignificant…
Jesus- He testified about Himself (though He states that this is not His only testimony). If a man does not state the truth about himself, it may be hard for another to understand who the man is.
John- The people were willing to listen to John, and he was a man like them. Jesus was a man like them too, but His testimony as a man would not be valid by itself. Jesus uses this lesser (only a man’s) testimony of John to help convince the people. He uses one of their own, a man and a kin, to reach them.
Jesus’ Works- One can look to the things that Jesus did (which were all given to Him to do) to see the truth of who He is. And He did these works in a manner that greatly benefited the people. The works declared that the Father sent Jesus.
The Father- Jesus was declared to all by the Father Himself. People didn’t hear because they didn’t embrace the Father’s Word as they ought to have, but He was declared to them by the Father none the less. Jesus calls to the authority that they claim to submit to.
Scripture- The Old Testament (and now also the New) testifies about Jesus. The words told that life is in Christ, and the words were the hope of the people.
All around them the greatest of witnesses poured fourth speech. The rocks would have cried out too had none of people heard these witnesses.
The voices are overwhelming. And each one has it’s own unique way of reaching people.
Jesus, John, Jesus’ Works, The Father and the Scriptures all cry out who Jesus is. If we listen, then we can hear the Holy One they cry out about… we hear Him in our humanity, and in our desire for good works in the world. We hear Him from He whom we ought to submit to, and we hear Him in that which the people of God hope will bring them salvation.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear…
He who has eyes to see, let him see…
I like the idea of God’s word being a landscape and the different things it in being different views. Some of them are beautiful views, views that make you awed and amazed at the beauty, and others seem to be mirrors, showing a view that at times I don’t want to see… showing me what I really look like in the landscape.
Still others are like a glimpse of how the view can be better, if I do my part. All of the views tho, point to the source of true beauty, true awe-someness and someone truly amazing.
Thanks for pointing that out. And showing what can be used as witnesses for Christ.
Would creation be a witness too? Or the effect in the people’s lives that Jesus touched?
Those things certainly cry out. Do we listen… well, that’s the real question.