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Can I Get a Witness?

My favorite of all the apostles is John. I love his enthusiasm and his love for Jesus and the fellow believers he encountered. Of the four Gospels, John is my favorite, but I also love his epistles.

Most of all, I love his witness. He begins his first epistle like this:

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3 (NLT).

When I read this passage I can hear the excitement in his voice and the truth of what he shares is reinforced over and over by his reminder that he was an actual witness to the life and glory of Jesus Christ. He walked with Jesus, saw Him perform miracles and healings, stood nearby as He died on the cross, and then experienced firsthand the joy of the resurrected Christ. John isn’t retelling some story he has heard; he is telling us what he knows to be true.

John is a great example of what we are also called to do. It is true that I did not walk the earth with Jesus, I did not personally witness Him crucified, and I did not share grilled fish with Him after His resurrection. But I can still be a witness of my experience with Him.

Jesus is my Savior. He has given me His Holy Spirit to comfort me when I am hurting; to give me understanding of His Word; to help me be kind, gentle, loving, forgiving, and self-controlled; and to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am loved by God.

My relationship with Jesus is different than John’s was in many ways, but it is very real and I am just as excited about what I have heard and seen. I am a witness to His wonderful saving grace.

How about you? Have you experienced the blessing of Jesus in your life? Then share your joy and excitement as a witness of God’s love revealed in Christ.

But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. 1 John 2:20 (NLT).

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That the Blind Might See

My church is putting together an Advent devotional for this coming Advent season. I was asked to write two of the devotions for the booklet. I am really looking forward to seeing what the other contributors wrote. I always like reading through a devotional for Advent and I think it will be extra special this year because I know all of the people who are writing them.

I finished one of my two assigned devotions yesterday. It is based on Isaiah 35:3-7 and Luke 7:18-30. I was limited to 250 words for the devotion section and the assignment called for also including a thought to ponder or Challenge, and a prayer. It was really hard for me to only write 250 words. I had to go back and cut some, but the final devotion was 249 words. I decided I wanted to share what I wrote here, but add back in some of the thoughts I didn’t have room for.


Isaiah gave us many prophecies of the first Advent of our Lord Jesus. Many of those prophecies serve also as a promise of Jesus coming into the life of each believer as well as of His Second Coming. Isaiah admonishes us to not be afraid because we know the Lord will bring forth His promised blessings of sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and youthful agility to the lame.

John the Baptist continued the prophetic message of Isaiah, but unlike Isaiah he saw the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus. Not only did he hear his disciples’ recounting of the great healing work of Jesus, John saw it with his own eyes. What John witnessed was that the blind could see, the deaf could hear, the lame walked, the sick were made well, and the Good News was real.

Today Jesus continues to fulfill the prophecies about Him as He give spiritual sight to those who believe in Him and are baptized in His name. The Holy Spirit gives wisdom and hope to those who trust in Jesus as their promised savior.

But like the Pharisees and experts in the law, many people today reject God’s purpose in their lives because they have not believed in the saving grace of Jesus. They try to do what is right in their own eyes and by their own power. They try to live by the letter of the law, but they do not see the truth of God’s love and the wonder of His mercy. These people are spiritually blind.

We must not forget that we were once spiritually blind, too. Our place is not to judge, but to remember that Jesus came to give sight to such as these. He came to save the whole world if only they will believe. He came to remind us of our purpose, which is to be in relationship with our Creator. He came that we would have no need to fear.

Thought to ponder/challenge

Just as John the Baptist was a messenger paving the way for the first Advent of Jesus, we are called to share the Good News of how Jesus gives sight to the spiritually blind and purpose to everyone. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV). How will you share the Good News today?


Heavenly Father, bring to final fulfillment Your promise to bring spiritual sight to all who are still blinded by this world and who reject Your purpose for their lives. Give us wisdom to be as John the Baptist, preparing Your way into the hearts and lives of those around us.

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