[John Series No.8] People Who Testify of Jesus

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The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. (John 1:43~45)

Book of John, which Begins with Witnessing

The Bible talks about how people meet Jesus and change. Therefore whoever meets Jesus has the heart of wanting to introduce or testify of Jesus. When you discover what a truly filthy, dirty, and evil human you are, distrust yourself, and Jesus fills your heart, you then have peace, joy, and thankfulness you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Thus you cannot help but introduce and testify of Jesus. For example, the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4 introduced Jesus after meeting him. She entered the village and preached about Jesus. In John chapter 5, the man with the infirmity for 38 years was healed, taking up his bed and walking. The Jews then said, “It is the Sabbath and it is unlawful that you are taking up your bed and walking.” He then answered, “The one who healed me said to take up my bed and walk,” and introduced Jesus. The man born blind in John chapter 9 introduced and testified of Jesus, saying, “The one named Jesus healed me. I was blind, but now I see,” when his eyes were opened. There are many words in John chapter 1 testifying of Jesus. John the Baptist introduced Jesus to his disciples, Andrew introduced Jesus to Peter, and Philip introduced Jesus to Nathanael. This is how John chapter 1 begins. Then if you read the final chapter, chapter 21, Peter discovers himself upon denying Jesus three times. Peter previously believed in himself but realized what a pitiful person he was. He says, “What kind of a disciple am I? What kind of an apostle am I? I am none!” and returns to his past days of a fisher, to the sea of Galilee to go fishing. Chapter 21 talks about how right then, early in the morning, Jesus comes to Peter. In the Book of John, Jesus spoke with Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man with the infirmity for 38 years, the woman taken in adultery, the man born blind from birth . . . . But the Book of John ends with the conversation between Peter and Jesus. Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than all of these people?” Peter should say that he loves Jesus; before, that is what he would immediately say. But since he denied Jesus, even though he said that he would never deny Jesus even unto death, he could no longer believe himself. He could not say that he loves Jesus. “Thou knowest that I love you, Lord.” Jesus asked Peter three times, “Simon the son of Jonas, do you love me more than all these people?” “Lord, thou knowest all things, and thou knowest that I love you, Lord.” When Peter answered thus, Jesus spoke to Peter. “Herd my sheep. Feed my flock.” John chapter 1 begins with witnessing, and the final chapter, chapter 21, ends with words about herding sheep.

I Wish I Could Be Like This Woman

In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus finally judges between the sheep and the goats. The sheep are separated from the goats, and the sheep gain eternal life while the goats are cursed. Here the goats represent unsaved people and the sheep represent saved people. Witnessing is not making people into church-goers or into zealously religious people. It is making the sheep of God who are under Jesus Christ who is the shepherd. If you receive the forgiveness of sin, you become a person who belongs to Jesus. John chapter 1 begins with witnessing and chapter 21 ends with feeding the sheep. In between, the process of becoming a sheep has been precisely recorded. The story of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus, the story of the man with the infirmity for 38 years meeting Jesus . . . . These stories precisely describe the process of how they met Jesus, how they received the forgiveness of sins, and how they became born again to become Jesus’ sheep. This is what the Book of John is about. Along the way, there is the story of the woman taken in adultery coming before Jesus and receiving the forgiveness of sin in John chapter 8. This woma