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The 3 Witnesses for Jesus Christ, Part 2

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TEXT: John 5:31-36

Rodney A. Whitacre said, "The witness of John the Baptist is valid, but it is the least significant. The testimony of 'the very work' the Father has given Jesus to finish is weightier, for here we have not merely a voice directing our attention to Jesus as the Christ, but the divine activity itself."

After calling John the Baptist to the witness stand on His behalf, Jesus points out that He has another witness to present to the Jews. This witness will also testify that Jesus is truly the Messiah, God incarnate, and the promised Savior of the world. This second witness is the miracles that Jesus performed. Jesus calls them a "greater witness than that of John." In other words, they were solid evidence.

The miracles of Jesus had been prophesied in Isaiah 35:5-6, "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert."

As you recall, this discussion began with Jesus' healing of a man who had been crippled for 38 years. This man had come down to the Pool of Bethesda hoping to be healed when the water was stirred. He was a fixture in that place; many people knew who he was. Many people would have also recognized that He was healed. One moment, he was lying crippled on the ground, the next moment he was up, walking, and carrying his bed. This was evidence that no one could deny.

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