In John chapter five, Jesus is telling the Jews that there are at least five witnesses that verify who He claims to be (John 5:30-47, cf. 5:16).
Since the Jews did not believe Jesus was who He said He was (5:18), and since some today do not believe Jesus is who He says He is, He offered these five witnesses as support for His claims. They are:
- John the Baptist (5:33)
- The works (i.e. the signs) of the Father (5:36)
- The Father who sent [Jesus] (5:37)
- The Scriptures (5:39)
- Moses (5:45b-47)
I would encourage you to take a marking tool, and circle/underline/box all the references to ‘testimony’ and/or ‘bearing witness’ in this section. In my NASB, I have circled about 11 references to either of these two terms.
Considering these testimonies is important for five reasons:
- Jesus exercises just judgment (5:30)
- His word abides in those who believe in Him (5:38)
- You are given a choice to come to Jesus (5:40, cf. 5:25)
- You may have life (5:40)
- Your belief can be affected by peer pressure (5:44)
If you have not searched the Scriptures or considered the testimonies of Christ, will you not make the simple switch? Will you believe His words (5:47)? Who will you receive (5:43; cf. 1:11-12)?