To be a Witness

“To be a witness is to simply tell what you know.” This was part of Pastor’s sermon last night that really stuck out in my mind, bringing me to reflect upon what that means for us individually. Down through time there have been different types of witnesses. In the book of Joshua we find that the stone upon which the Word of God was written became a witness to the children of Israel, a reminder of what God had done in their lives and that He would always be their God.

“And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.” Joshua 24:26-27

In Isaiah we read of the witnesses called to give testament of God, to tell of the only one with the power to save His people. Throughout all of time He was and is God, the only true God.

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord ; and beside me there is no saviour.” Isaiah 43:10-11

Again in John, we read of a witness that was sent to share the message of the Light that had been sent into a lost and dying world. The Light that would guide man out of darkness. “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.” John 1:6-7

Through this Light man can see. Those who have come to the Light have a witness within, the Spirit of God that gives testimony that they have become a child of God. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8:16

As children of God that have come to the Light, we are to be a witness to all we meet of the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:22-23

To be a witness is simply to tell what we know, to share the wonderful news of what Jesus has done for us.We all have different stories to tell of our experience coming to know Him, but our witness is all the same. The same witness down through time, we all came as a sinner seeking forgiveness, to a Savior who died to pay the penalty of our sins; a Savior that was buried and rose again so that He might give us Eternal Life. To be a witness is to simply tell what we know, it’s not complicated at all, it’s our story to tell about how we came to know to Jesus.

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