John 19:35 – June 11, 2021

An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may [come to] believe. John 19:35 NABRE            

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus dies on the preparation day for Passover which started along with the Sabbath at sundown. John’s gospel pushes the theme that Jesus is the Lamb of God, spoken first by John the Baptist (John 1:29.) It ties to the Passover in that an unblemished lamb is sacrificed and eaten by Jews in Egypt before the night God sent the tenth plague to convince Pharaoh to free the Jews from slavery. The blood of the lamb was painted on the door post by faithful Jews and they were saved. John the gospel writer sees Jesus as a type of sacrificial lamb who saves humanity. Jesus dies on the cross, which we read is true because an eyewitness has testified to it. We surmise this eyewitness is the Beloved Disciple who is at the foot of the cross watching Jesus’ crucifixion and we also think this disciple is the author of this gospel of John. 

Eyewitnesses are critical to our faith and belief today. The reality of the events and the testimony of eyewitnesses is all we have to know the story of Jesus, His crucifixion and in particular His resurrection. After all as Paul writes, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) We only have the words of eyewitnesses to testify to Jesus’ resurrection. So for faithful followers of Jesus we depend on testimony of those who bear witness to the Gospels, to John the Baptist, to Jesus’ works, the scriptures and the Father Himself. We trust what we hear from these eyewitnesses, which leads to our faith. 

Do you believe what you read in scripture? Why do you believe in the resurrection?

For faithful followers of Jesus we depend on testimony of those who bear witness to the Gospels, to John the Baptist, to Jesus' works, the scriptures and the Father Himself. We trust what we hear from these eyewitnesses, which leads to our faith. Click To Tweet

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