He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe.
His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth. -John 19:35 NRSV
Jesus died and John helplessly stood by watching his friend executed before his eyes. I cannot imagine how traumatic this was for him to witness. Time has passed since that day. Years later John is writing and remembering that life changing day. As he recounts the events of that sad day he pauses to insure his readers that his recounting is true.
John's words remind me that the gospels are filled with eyewitness accounts of the life, teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ. They were written by people like John who were simply testifying to the truth. They wrote so that people, who were not eyewitnesses, could have a reason to believe. They speak and witness to us yet today. And invite us to believe.
Lord, we pray for those who have never read the gospels. Give them opportunities to hear about Jesus. And believe.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.