Week beginning: 21st April, 2019 | By Jeremy Cooke | London
He who saw it has borne witness - his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth - that you also may believe.
This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
...Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus...John 19:35, 21:24, 19:38 (ESV)
Direct evidence is powerful. A witness relates what he/she has seen, heard or experienced so that others may know the truth about what happened.
The gospel of John is eyewitness evidence of both the death and resurrection of Jesus – the central core of our faith. Joseph of Arimathea was a secret follower of Jesus until the death of Jesus drove him to reveal his discipleship to the cynical governor who had condemned Jesus to death.
No silent witnesses.
Are we seeking to be silent witnesses? It can't be done, can it?
May our lives and our words give evidence of the risen Jesus and His Lordship over us. May we be able to point others to the direct eyewitness evidence of his death and resurrection so that they may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and by believing have life in His Name. (John 20:31, ESV)
1. Praise God for the hope we have in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
2. Pray that this Easter we would take every opportunity to point others to the evidence of Jesus' death and resurrection, so that they may believe in Him and have life in His name.