Testify Series: Day 1

John 1: 1-28 NLT

Big Idea: Do you ever think the reason we are alive is to testify to the truth of God’s Word with our lives before Jesus’ second coming so that people will believe? 

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John was Jesus’ best friend, he was in the inner circle, beloved, and the one who Jesus entrusted his mother, Mary, after His death. Who better to testify to the truth of the gospel and to bear witness to us, the readers, what truly happened during those three years of ministry walking alongside Jesus?

In his writing, John testifies to the creation narrative that God is the triune creator, meaning the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present at creation. No matter when you believe creation happened, Jesus was there. God created everything through Jesus who just so happened to be a carpenter when He came to earth. I love that He is both Creative in heaven and on earth!

John calls Him “The Word.” 

Jesus is the living promise of God. He kept His word of our redemption through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. 

He brings light. No amount of darkness can not extinguish it. 2020 seemed like a dark year, yet even if it only gets darker from here, nothing can snuff out the light of Jesus in the hearts of believers and through the Holy Spirit who continues to work in the hearts of unbelievers drawing them unto salvation. 

John also testifies to the existence of John the Baptist and his importance and calling into the kingdom of God. John the Baptist was like the moon, not possessing light of his own, but reflecting the light of Jesus, pointing to the truth of His identity. God sent John the Baptist ahead of Jesus to testify so that everyone may believe because of his testimony. 

Do you ever think the reason we are alive is to testify to the truth of God’s Word with our lives before Jesus’ second coming so that people will believe? 

Jesus was rejected by His own, but to those who believed in Him, He gave the right to become children of God, reborn into God’s family. What a truth! Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” If you ever feel rejected because of your faith, know Jesus identifies with you in your sorrow.

The Word became human and dwelt among us. He was the Father’s one and only son. He testifies that He is God in verse eighteen. “No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” John 1:18

John the Baptist quotes Isaiah 40:3 to leaders and priests.

 “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
 ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”

That’s why it is so important that we are biblically literate, knowing, understanding, and applying Old Testament truths which brings richness to the truth of the New Testament. This allows us to better explain to the lost the truth of the gospel.

You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Jesus also speaks to our hearts and minds using the language of His word to confirm His will. When we know it we can more clearly hear from him. 

Our ultimate goal in this study is application and transformation. I pray you’ll read through the text on your own today and ask the Lord to speak to you through the text. 

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for Day 2.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you,

Emily