The Seven “Witnesses” in the Gospel of John

The Seven “Witnesses” in the Gospel of John

As we read through the book of John, there are at least seven witnesses that testify about who Jesus is that I think it would be good for us hear from, and spend some time processing what they have said.  Then answer this about yourself, “Who do I say Jesus is?”

First, we have the testimony of John the Baptist. In John 1:29-34, John sees Jesus coming toward him and proclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” He was the sacrifice made for us, given by God the Father to pay for our sins.

The second testimony come from Nathaniel in John 1:43-51.  Here, we have Jesus calling Philip to come follow him.  Philip then goes to find his brother Nathaniel, but he is unsure. So, Jesus comes and talks to him, and Nathaniel’s eyes are open and he proclaims “… you are the Son of God!” So not only is Jesus given as our sacrifice but he is also the only Son of God.

The third witness that tells of who Jesus is, is Peter. In John 6:66-69, we have a large number of disciples turning back from following Jesus. Jesus turns to the twelve and asks, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter responds and says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Peter’s testimony is that Jesus is the only one with the words needed for eternal life and is the Holy One of God, which means he alone was sent by God.

The fourth witness is Jesus’ testimony of himself. In John 10:22-30 we see the Jews confronting Jesus and asking him to speak plainly concerning his identity. They have already been told the truth and Jesus knows it. He responds by saying, “I and the Father are one.” Jesus tells us that he is not just a great man or teacher but is God in the flesh (Immanuel).

The fifth witness to the deity of Jesus is found in John 11:27. Mary and Martha are grieving their dead brother and wondering why Jesus waited so long to come. Knowing they are hurting Jesus says to Martha, “your brother will rise again” and Martha quickly retorts, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” To which Jesus reply’s, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Martha, upon hearing this, makes her great testimony of Jesus. She says, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” Martha testifies to us that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one of God.

The sixth witness is Thomas. After Jesus has risen from the grave, Jesus appears to Thomas. He challenges him to touch him, put his finger in the wounds and believe. In response to this new evidence, Thomas in John 20:28 says, “My Lord and my God.”

The seventh and final witness in John’s gospel is John himself. In John 1, he begins by telling of Jesus deity and eternal nature and even how he became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Then again, in John 20:30-31, John tells us that he wrote his gospel account to cause belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. He even tells us that this faith will result in life in his name.

Each of these witnesses tells us something important about Jesus and helps us to truly believe in him so that we can walk confidently in our faith! Jesus, the Lamb of God, who came to take away our sins. He is the only Son of God and is equal in all aspects of deity. He is the Lord, and we are put that faith in him into practice, so that we can receive life.

What a wonderful savior is Jesus my Lord!