The Truths That We Testify

February 24, 2022

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know
these things?” Jesus replied. “Truly I tell you, we speak what we know and we testify to what we
have seen, but you do not accept our testimony…”

John 3:9-11

Written by Tim Miller from the Brentwood Campus

What’s The Big Picture?

Have you ever heard the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”? This is normally someone who is too wrapped up in the minutia of the details. Because of this, they are incapable of comprehending the big picture truths that we testify to as believers.

Nicodemus is one of these people.

To Understand The Scriptures

Nicodemus is too consumed with the laws of the Old Testament. So, he misses the premise of the Scriptures and the message of the coming Messiah. Nicodemus is just being who he was in this time as a member of the Sanhedrin. Yet Jesus takes this moment to rebuke Nicodemus. He states that this “teacher of Israel” should not just know the Scriptures; he should have an understanding of its message.

However, Jesus was not just referring to Nicodemus when he said, “…but you do not accept our testimony.” Christ actually uses the word “you” here in the plural sense. So, Jesus was actually commenting on all of the religious leaders and elders.

A Word to Us All

To say that Jesus’ comments to the religious elite only related to that time period and not our lives today would be an incorrect assumption. We can easily to direct His point to members in the church today. Jesus is referring to the “new birth” that takes place the new believer’s life on earth.

This transformation in the person is how we are able to be claimed as Jesus’, while the actual baptism is how we are able to bear witness of our internal transformation to others.

That We Would Testify

Do you find yourself being like Nicodemus with the Bible sometimes, unable to find the message that God wants you to understand? Are you, in a way, too wrapped up in the Scripture to consume its meaning? More importantly, are you able to understand what Jesus wants you to know from the Bible?

If not, perhaps it is time for you to not focus on the trees of the forest, but to rather address the big picture of God’s desire for us all. He desires for us to understand that we are lost without faith in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf; these are the truths that we testify.

However, if you find yourself in this place of confusion, it’s not too late to do something about it today.

Now What?

Talk to someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, someone you can trust to show you that you are not alone. Get in a group where you can learn more about the Bible and get connected with others who are on the same journey as you. And if you are a believer, share with others what you have learned.

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