My testimony is true ... My judgment is true ...

So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

When I hear the word testimony I think of an eye witness testifying on the witness stand. They take the stand because of something that they have actually seen or experienced. Yet sometimes a witness testifies as an expert on a subject matter. And often the one accused testifies on their own behalf. Jesus testimony falls into all of these categories. He has seen what flesh has never seen. He testifies as an expert in all things spiritual. And he is the only one that can testify on his behalf of his life with the Father in heaven.

Yet there is a greater witness who takes the stand. Every time Jesus forgives the Father takes the stand. With each healing the Father witnesses for his Son. In the gospels we witness how God in Christ is both witness and judge. With each miracle the Son witnesses to the power of God. When Jesus teaches we witness the heart and wisdom of God. In the gospel accounts we understand that it is humanity, not God, who is on trial. To this day our response to his compassion, forgiveness, miracles and teachings are being judged.

I believe your testimony Lord. You are the Truth.

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