There is another who testifies on my behalf ...

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. -John 5:30-32 NRSV

The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is so subtle. The workings of the Spirit seems different than in our lives. Probably because the connection is so strong in Christ. I love how Jesus describes this connection as one of hearing and doing. Hearing and judging. Of doing the will of the one who sent him.

Interesting that Jesus does not speak about how he has studied the scriptures and bases his judgment on what is written there. Perhaps in doing this he is giving his hearers an admonition to listen to the testimony of their heart rather than leaning on the understandings of their head? And maybe that is the testimony that is essential to be saved?

Help us Lord to hear the testimony that rings clear in our hearts.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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