Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “This is the disciple who testifies”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new heart to follow Him as our living King.  But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles.  In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament:  the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.

 

We can only give what we have.  In John 21:24, John tells us that he’s given his testimony about Jesus.  In the last verse of his Gospel, he admits there was much, much more.  I guess the Holy Spirit inspired him to stop there.

If you are a follower of Christ, He has worked in your life, too.  He is working for your good and, therefore, has called you, forgiven you, and is changing you to be more like Him (Romans 8:29-30); He has sovereignly placed you in specific times, places, and relationships to serve others so they might know Him, too (Acts 17:26-27); He has given you at least one spiritual gift with which to serve other believers for the common good of His people (1 Corinthians 12:4-11); He has given you the exact degree of poverty or wealth to grow in greater restful dependence on Him (Proverbs 30:7-9); He has promised to bless and discipline you because of His love for you (Hebrews 12:1-6); and He has probably done most of these things in specific ways in your life.

One of my favorite passages in God’s Word is Psalm 107, because it starts by reminding us of God’s call to testify to others about His goodness to us.  Then the writer outlines four types of testimonies.  If you’re looking for the basics of a testimony, that’s one good place to go in God’s Word.  This particular Psalm seems to reflect on four key periods of Israel’s collective history, but, in my opinion, they also reflect basic spiritual themes that could apply to any individual follower of Christ.

Each reveals four elements in this order: 1) a specific problem), 2) the people (or person) crying out to God for help, 3) the Lord meeting their need in order to bring them closer to Him, and 4) their heart-felt public praise of God.

Read back through today’s brief devotional and ask yourself a couple of questions.  “What has the Lord done in my life to bring me closer to Him in true worship and service?” and “Who has He placed in my life that may need to hear one or more of my testimonies about His amazing grace?”

 

I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.

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