“Two Or Three Witnesses”

Posted: September 25, 2015 in Bible Prophecy, Gospel of John, Government, Judges, Salvation

Killing Jesus

Under the Mosaic Law one witness alone was not enough to convict and condemn a man to death. But “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15). When Jesus healed a man who had been lame for 38 years, the Jews wanted to kill Him because He healed him on the Sabbath (John 5:18). Imagine that. They were more concerned about their additions to the Sabbath law than they were for a man’s physical well being. Even during His trial His enemies could not get the false witnesses to agree with each other (Mark 14:57-60).

B.T.W.  After the universal flood of Noah’s day, and throughout the rest of human history, God’s law requires the government (Romans 13:4) to carry out capital punishment on those who murder other people unjustly (Genesis 7:19; 9:6; Exodus 20:13; 21:12-29. 22:19; 31:14, 15). Those in governmental positions of authority who ignore and/or refuse to do this will bring God’s judgment on themselves. During Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (perhaps in the very near future) just judges will carry out God’s laws that are for the good of mankind (Isaiah 1:26). 

Christ’s Five Witnesses

Killing Jesus.  Jesus knew that His enemies were looking for an occasion to kill Him (John 8:37, 40).  But before He allowed them to take Him (John 8:20; 10:10-18; 18:4-9), He provided them with five witnesses to confirm the fact that He was indeed the Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31).

His Own Testimony. Jesus said, “If I bear witness of Myself [alone], My witness is not true [i.e., according to your requirements]” (John 5:31). Throughout His public ministry He claimed to be the eternal “I AM” ( John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30; See Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:11-15). He claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; 8:45; 18:37, 38; See Hebrews 4:15). Today there are many people who believe that there are other ways to God in heaven.

His Father’s Testimony. Jesus claimed to have come down from heaven to do the Father’s will (John 3:13; 5:19; 32, 37, 38; 12:28; 17:4; See Hebrews 10:7). He directed the Magi by the star that led them to Jesus who was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; Micah 5:2).  God the Father made announcements at Christ’s baptism and at His transfiguration (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). Peter’s ability to proclaim “You are the Christ , the Son of the living God,” came from the Father (Matthew 16:17).

His Forerunner’s Testimony. John the Baptizer declared, “Behold? The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29-34; 5:33-35). After being imprisoned by Herod the King, John sent his disciples to inquire of Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). Then Jesus told them to tell John the things which they heard and saw. His miracles validated who He claimed to be.

His Own Works’ Testimony. John the Apostle recorded selective sign miracles to prove the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:36; John 20:31). Strangely, His own half brothers didn’t believe on Him as the Messiah and the Son of God until after His death for our sins…and bodily resurrection from the dead (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). Everything Jesus did was what He saw God His Father doing (John 5:19). As the God-man, He subordinated His will to His Father’s. He didn’t relinquish any of His Deity; He only veiled the outward manifestations of His Deity (Philippians 2:5-11).

His Word – The Scriptures. Moses, who wrote the five books of the law, spoke of the coming Messiah as One who would be like him but greater than he was (John 5:39—47; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 5:45-47). Later prophets also announced the coming of the Messiah and what the Jews should expect of Him when He came (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 35:5, 6; Jeremiah 31:15; Micah 5:2; John 12:41).

Conclusive. The evidence for Jesus’ being who He claimed to be, The Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God, is irrefutable (John 20:31; See Matthew 16:16). But in spite of all the proofs, most people, including those in the Jewish community, refuse to believe on Him as their personal Savior. Some know and agree with the facts of the Gospel (i.e., Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead), but they don’t want to transfer their faith over to Christ alone for their salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10). They prefer to continue to “love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19).

Identification. If you claim to be a Christian, how many of the people you know would attest to the fact that you are a true Christian? How many wouldn’t? If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? What could the devil’s witnesses truthfully say about you? How should this affect your lifestyle? Are there some sins that need to be confessed and forsaken (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16)?

Help. If you’re not a Christian yet, why not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today? He can/will save anyone who believes on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as them come out.

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