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John's Gospel - a new look no 8 Witnesses for Jesus

Updated on October 28, 2012

The four witnesses


John’s Gospel - A New Look: No 8


Four witnesses are enough - John 5:31-47


In a court of law, witnesses are called to prove or disprove the guilt of the accused. Sometimes the accused is called to the witness box, but ultimately it is the testimonies of those who saw what happened, which carry the most weight.


Jesus is on trial today, charged, not with any crime against mankind, but of being an imposter and a fraud. Those who witness against him are often uninformed and unreliable witnesses. They argue their case from the emotional point of view that he could not be who he claimed to be, because his claims are impossible. There is no evidence to support this viewpoint, only prejudicial bias, and this would be tossed out of the court.


In this section, the writer brings four witnesses to the table. Firstly he admits that while Jesus could testify about himself, this would not be accepted. Secondly he brings John the Baptist who, at the baptism of Jesus, saw the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus (Mt.3:17). Thirdly he appeals to the works that Jesus did. John chooses from the many miracles Jesus did, just seven such signs. These miracles are legitimate witnesses as they were not done in secret but rather in public and recorded by the four Gospel writers. These Gospels have been proved time and time again to be reliable. The final witness is the record of God’s dealings with his people and recorded in the Old Testament. These “writings” as John calls them, point clearly and unambiguously to Jesus as the Messiah and Saviour.


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    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is so good.. You are so right.. I love this hub. I am going to share this on the Prayer request page on Facebook

      God Bless you

      Debbie

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      That is great-thanks!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      There is a comment about logic. It is about our Calendar. About our years and how they are measured. We use this Calendar. Scientists use this Calendar. And example is that scientists tell us tyrannosaurus-rex became extinct about 65 million years ago B.C.( Before Christ) The year we are living in now is 2012 A.D.( After Death or A.C.E After The Common Era). Either way our Calendar year is based upon the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

      Voted up.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      In a certain way John argues logically. The beauty about this gospel is that it can be studied and understood on different levels. It speaks to the unbeliever and it challenges the believer to a deeper understanding. It is a great book! Thanks for the comments.

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