Daily Thoughts : August 23rd
Jn 5:32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.
There are foolish people who question whether Jesus was who he said he was – the Son of God. When we apply for a passport we have to have some other well known or established person in the community to vouch for us, to say that the photos being presented truly represent the person we say we are. The Jews questioned Jesus and the question of who he was arose. He starts, in the previous verse, to say that he won't testify to himself but has another who will testify on his behalf. Later he refers to John the Baptist who testifies on his behalf, but John isn't the main one he has in mind. No, it is clear that he is subtly referring to his Father in heaven who testifies on his behalf.
How did the Father affirm His Son? Well He did it audibly at Jesus' baptism (Mt 3:17), but Peter, inspired by the Spirit on the day of Pentecost declared, “Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him.” (Acts 2:22 ). When Jesus wanted John's disciples to believe on John's behalf, we find, “Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” (Mt 11:4,5)
It is only a blind man who refuses to see the works of Jesus that affirm who he is. Worship him.
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