John 8:14, “Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true”
What is a witness? Today, the word “witness” is acceptable as a synonym for the verb “see,” though it is infrequently used in this way. “Witness” is preferred when one’s presence to observe an act is formal or legally necessary, or when one’s observation is likely to be the basis of subsequent testimony. For example, one sees a new model automobile, but one witnesses an accident. Therefore, a witness is one who sees an event and can report it to others. However, many witnesses have perjured themselves while giving their testimony and it would be safe to say in those cases the character of the witness leaves much to be desired.
A good friend of mine who was selected for jury duty sometime ago related the following story to me. It seems that a young man had been charged with a terrible automobile accident while driving under the influence of alcohol. The young man claimed he was innocent; however, the prosecutor said otherwise. Then the defense lawyer called a friend of the young man to take the stand to testify as a witness. He nervously said that he saw the accident and explained that his friend could not have been guilty. Then the prosecutor began to cross-examine the witness. He drew a diagram that cast doubt on his testimony. Then the witness began to contradict himself. He began to perspire profusely. Finally, he couldn’t stand the pressure any longer and blurted out he was just trying to help his friend. He hadn’t seen the accident at all and had been lying to the court.
I submit to you there is only one true and faithful Witness whose testimony is always true, and that is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. He never contradicts Himself, and when He came to earth, He represented the Father faithfully and accurately. He showed the world what God is really like. He did so not only in what He taught, but also in a life that was consistent in every way with the truth of the Father. What about us? If we know Him as Savior of our life, we are called to be His ambassador. Are we a true witness for Him as His ambassador in a lost world?
A true witness in this sense means living out our everyday life, as Christ would want us to. By doing this, people will be able to see the wholeness and sincerity of our faith. The gospel calls every believer to be a true witness in the unity of our words, deeds, and character. In Revelation 3:14 John called Him “the Faithful and True Witness”. Jesus told His disciples that they were His friends (John 15:15). If you want to know the truth about God, turn to Christ. He is a true friend who will never leave nor forsake us, and a true witness we can trust and believe! So, as His Ambassadors here on earth, we have the assurance that we too are His friends, and as such, we must ask ourselves some very sobering questions, such as:
(1) How do we really treat Him as our Lord?
(2) Is our life consistent in what we profess to be?
(3) Do we talk with Him in prayer throughout the day?
(4) Do we take time to read and meditate on His Word?
(5) Do we enjoy fellowship with Him or do we ignore Him?
(6) Are we concerned about what He thinks of our daily activities?
(7) Do we introduce Him to others?
(8) Can others tell we have a close relationship with Him?
(9) Are we faithful in our witness for Him?
(10) Are we a witness that others can truly believe?
Each person who has accepted Christ as their Savior is part of His commission in presenting the gospel to a dying world. What Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1 also applies to us. We are His witnesses and therefore we must speak and live so that others will believe Him when they hear our message and see our faith in action. Thus, being a faithful witness for Christ isn’t an option; it’s what we are called to be.