A Faithful Testimony
A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Jesus’ Humanity”
Read 1 John 1:1-4. In this passage, the apostle John wrote to the church as a witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Facing the false teaching we have previously mentioned, John was a faithful shepherd of the flock and sought to combat the heresies being taught by some. He did so by appealing to his own experience of Christ’s humanity.
Imagine a witness taking the stand under oath and testifying as an alibi to one who is being accused of a crime. This witness testifies to having seen, heard, and actually touched the person in question, which provides very strong evidence that the person was actually present, especially if that witness is elsewhere shown to be trustworthy. Furthermore, what if this one witness were but one of many who testified to provide a similar alibi?
The strength of the apostolic testimony to Christ’s life, death, and resurrection does not rest merely on some supernatural vision or dream. It was grounded in the apostles’ years of accompanying Christ. They were firsthand and reliable witnesses to His humanity.
These apostles didn’t merely see. They didn’t merely hear. They didn’t merely touch. They saw, heard, and touched. When taken all together, they provide quite compelling testimony to the humanity of Christ.
The incarnation, the abiding humanity, of the Son of God is not some convenient doctrine invented over centuries of theological debate. It was “from the beginning.” The church was birthed on the confession that the Son of God had become a man and ministered among men, had died upon a cross, had risen again, had ascended to the Father, and would one day return. This is the gospel.
Pause and Reflect
• What attributes of humanity does Christ display throughout the Gospels?
• Why should we trust the apostolic testimony? Why should we trust the Scriptures?