Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Here’s a tough question to start your Tuesday…”Can everything you say about yourself be validated as truth by a reputable witness?”
As Jesus spoke about being the Light of the world, the Pharisees sought to renounce Him. According to the Old Testament law, no testimony could be considered true unless it was corroborated by at least one other witness.
Deuteronomy 19:15 “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.”
The Pharisees publicly renounced as a lie what Jesus said about Himself. But Jesus responded that His statements are true for two reasons:
- Because His eternal nature as God would not allow Him to lie. John 8:14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going…”
- Because there is another witness to validate His statements. John 8:18 “I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”
Jesus had previously offered even more witnesses to the truth He declared about Himself. Let’s go back to John 5.
John 5:31-37 “If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth… But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me.”
Jesus validated His testimony by providing credible witnesses. Everything Jesus said about Himself is true.
Now, back to our through-provoking question for the day. ”Can everything you say about yourself be validated as truth by a reputable witness?” It really is an “OUCH!” question. I can remember far too many times that I attempted to make myself out to be someone other than I was. It NEVER ended well. Lies don’t EVER end well.
So why do we keep doing it? I think Jesus answered that for us when He said, “…for I know where I came from and where I am going…” The foundation for always telling the truth is to understand your identity and be satisfied with it. Lies about yourself are the expression of insecurity rooted in an identity crisis.
Jesus knew who He was. Therefore, everything He said about Himself was the truth. He had no desire to be someone else. He had no need to improve His personal worth by earning the approval of people. Jesus was constantly the expression of His eternal nature.
How about you? Are you committed to being the consistent expression of the eternal nature of Christ in you? He is your identity. You have no need to lie to make yourself better than you already are. You have no need to earn the approval of people because you are eternally approved by God in Christ Jesus.
Let everything you say about yourself be validated by the testimony of Christ in you.