December 24th 2009

The Eyewitnesses To The Gospel

“You are My witnesses, says Jehovah, and My servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me no God was formed, nor shall there be after Me.”

Isaiah 43:10 (NKJV) 

One night while sitting in the garden I heard an owl in the field behind our house. This reminded me of all the creatures nearby: bats flying around my neighbour’s house, chickens, quails, a dog, a cat and a baby ferret at another neighbour. At our house we have the occasional chicken, baby ferret (from next door), and a bullock. 

That’s right, a bullock. 

I didn’t see the bullock myself, but my neighbour did. The look of amazement on her face told me that she had seen something out of the ordinary. As she was telling me about it, another neighbour came along and asked if we had seen the cow that was running up and down the road. 

Two witnesses to the animal being discussed were now in front of me. I didn’t disbelieve them, as I had no reason to. So I went to make sure that the bullock wasn’t still there — and found hoof prints deep in the lawn all the way to the bottom of the garden. Now I had definite proof of what my neighbours had seen. 

1 John 1:1 speaks of, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life.”  Matthew, Mark and John saw the death and resurrection of Jesus for themselves. Luke wrote down a history of these same events from eyewitnesses — providing proof of the events surrounding Jesus’ life. The “Gospels” are eyewitnesses to the things that happened to Jesus even though we were not there – so do we believe them? 

In John 17:20 Jesus states “And I do not pray for these alone, but for those also who shall believe in Me through their word.” Jesus declares that His disciples are trustworthy eyewitnesses, so we should believe what they say. Looking for proof, however, is not wrong. In fact, it confirms the truth for us. 

Prayer

Father, thank you for the eyewitness accounts of our Lord’s life, death and resurrection. Stir up our hearts to believe what is recorded, enabling us to trust in your Son as the way to eternal life.

Amen 

Study by Rosemary Gent 

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