Witnessing for Jesus

John 5: 31-47
Ex 32: 7-14 / Psa 106

For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.
(John 5:36)

When we share our life testimony
We give thanks to glorify God’s Name.
What we share in our humility
Is not for personal gain or fame.

(Jesus said), “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid. You sent emissaries to John and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light. I have testimony greater than John’s. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 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. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5: 31-47)

Reflection

Our Lord had to lay it out to His detractors (and to all Jews who cared to listen) that more than the testimony of John the Baptist, who pointed to Him as the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29), Jesus had other witnesses that were greater than John’s. The miracles that He performed clearly testified that He came from God; and in fact, the Father Himself testified in His behalf in the Jordan river when John baptized Him. Many Jews there heard the Father’s voice, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt.4:17). The prophets and patriarchs in Scriptures, which the religious leaders diligently studied, also testified about Jesus, but they were just too dull or blind to discern them. Before his death, Moses prophesied about Him when he said, “The Rock — how faultless are His deeds, how right all His ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is! Yet basely has He been treated by His degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race! Is the Lord to be thus repaid by you, O stupid and foolish people?” (Deut.32:4-5)

It is one of history’s greatest ironies that the Church of later generations have come to believe in Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, while the Jews, who regard themselves as God’s Chosen People, and from whom Jesus came, continue to reject His divinity and Godhead. Even as thousands of their race chose martyrdom to give witness to His miracles and Resurrection, and as the Savior of mankind. This great irony came about because the Jews, in their obsession with Judaic law, failed to see that Jesus has already supplanted that law with God’s commandment of love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins was clearly God’s message of love, and to this do all of us, His followers testify.

Father Almighty, grant us the grace to grow in Your love, so that our lives may serve as testimonies of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Help us to live by His Word always, and to abide by your will, through the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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