Witness Stand

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Witness stand is a part of a court room. It is a section of the room set aside for witnesses to stand or sit in while giving the testimony of presenting evidence. The Gospel of John that symbolizes an eagle depicts the apostle as giving testimony from a witness stand of heaven. Just as a coin has two sides, both valid so Jesus Christ has two natures, both valid.  Luke presents Christ in His humanity but John portrays Him in His deity.

I purposely confined my thought on the seven miracles that John testifies. His testimony as from the witness stand on the seven miracles relates to the recreation of the human spirit  which was once dead and made alive in Christ. 

Due to John’s extensive use of symbolism, I would endeavor by God’s grace to give the spiritual insights of these miracles that pertains to the salvation of souls. The progressive work of salvation is identified from the first to the seventh miracle. 

Miracle 1– water into wine John 2:1-11

This miracle shows that Jesus came to take us from the stone cold and empty way of man’s religion into a living and joyful relationship with Him. 

Miracle 2– healing of the official’s son John 4:43-54

This miracle shows we are saved by grace through faith.

Miracle 3– healing at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-9

This miracle shows our own futile works are insufficient to save ourselves. We need Jesus to save us.

Miracle 4 – feeding of the 5,000 John 6:1-5

This miracle demonstrates Jesus’ supernatural care and provision for those who seek and found Him. 

Miracle 5– walking on the water John 6:16-25

This miracle shows that through Jesus’ supernatural power, we can easily accomplish things through Him that would seem impossible on our own.

Miracle 6– healing the blind man John 9:1-41

This miracle reveals that if one is willingly, Jesus can cause even the lowliest person born spiritually blind to see and believe.

Miracle 7– raising Lazarus from the dead John 11:1-44

This miracle declares the promise that all who believe in Jesus will live even though they die and those who live and believe will never die.

The apostle John has selected these seven miracles specifically to bear witness to the true believers of the Gospel of the water and Spirit that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. These selected miracles chronologically illustrates our spiritual re-birth from the beginning to eternity is achieved ONLY through God’s righteousness.

Near the end of his gospel account, John took to the witness stand once again and affirmed …30And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”  John 20:30-31

 

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