devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2371
Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 He came as an attester to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him.
Joh 1:8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
Joh 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
I do not like the word “witness” to translate μαρτυρίαν because our modern word witness connotes someone who saw something. John was not witnessing something he had seen as much as attesting someone he believed in. That is what we do as well when we share our faith. Faith is faith, it is not sight. When we share to others that we believe in Jesus as the savior of the world, all we need to prove is our belief. We do not need to prove anything beyond that. The Holy Spirit will open people’s eyes so that they can see the light that Jesus gives.
LORD, give us the courage to share our faith, and the trust to leave the rest to you.