The Testimony of John

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 20:30-31

These [signs] are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ. (v. 31)

Near the end of his Gospel, John tells us his reason for writing. This beloved disciple
recorded seven statements in which Christ declared his deity. Then he chronicled seven
signs, miracles that confirm Jesus’ claim to deity. Finally, he called upon seven
witnesses to testify to what they knew about Jesus. There are no inconsistencies in their
testimonies: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. In fact, that’s word for word the
testimony of the seventh witness—John himself (v. 30). John tells us he wrote his
Gospel “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”

Why is it so critical that we believe this? John tells us: “that by believing you may
have life in his name” (v. 31). The offer of “life in his name” can only be made with any
credibility about one who is alive, never to die again. And that’s exactly who Jesus is.
This is his promise: to give eternal life to any who place their trust in him. In all of
history no other could make that offer.

“That,” says John, “is why I wrote this gospel—to show you Jesus and what he came
to do, so that by believing him you may live eternally.”

So, do you believe?


Father, thank you for Jesus and my life in him.