John the Baptist's Testimony

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 1:29-34

I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God. (v. 34)

In our imaginary courtroom Jesus is on trial for claiming to be God’s Son and Messiah.
We have heard the testimony from his own lips—seven “I AM” statements in which he
claims deity. We have observed his works—seven “signs” that point to his divinity.
Now, seven witnesses who can testify that Jesus is who he claims to be are called to the
stand. These men—a woman too—are a diverse lot.

Matthew recounts how Jesus came to John one day and requested baptism. John demurred,
but at Christ’s insistence he baptized his cousin. Suddenly heaven opened and the Spirit
of God (like a dove) descended on him. A voice from heaven announced that Jesus was God’s
beloved Son (3:17).

Not many days later Jesus approached the intense, no-nonsense prophet. John immediately
interrupted his teaching, gestured toward Jesus and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John
1:36).

Excitedly John described to his audience what happened the day he baptized Jesus. “I
saw the Spirit descend . . . he who sent me . . . said to me . . . `This is he’ . . . this
is the Son of God” (John 1:32-34).

We do well to believe the Baptist’s testimony as the first of seven witnesses whom John
the Apostle has called to the stand.

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for John’s testimony. We believe his Lamb is our Christ.