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ABIDE – FOUR WITNESSES TO JESUS’ AUTHORITY – John 5:19-47 (Nate Muse)

In this passage, Jesus gives proof of His standing as the Son of God and Son of Man. This is a massive claim and He provides four witnesses:

Witness 1 – John the Baptist  vv. 33-35

-John’s ministry was highly regarded.

-John came to bear witness (i.e. “Behold the Son of God.”)

Witness 2 – Jesus’ Works – vv. 36-38

-The greater testimony is the works and signs that Jesus has done (i.e. turning water into wine.)

-His works are assigned by the Father.

-This would be familiar language to the Jews based on Isaiah 35.

-The works are not an end unto themselves, they point to the Sent One.

Witness 3 – The Scriptures – vv. 39-44

-They bear witness.

-The leaders refused to come to Jesus – people can know Scripture well but still refuse to follow Jesus, and be terrible to be around.

-Scripture is God’s self-revelation to man.

-God is completely expressed in Jesus.

-Jesus points out their affections, not their actions.

Witness 4 – Moses – vv. 45-47

-They hoped in Moses but missed that he was pointing to Jesus

Something to Remember

Our placing faith in Jesus happens because of a miracle God does in our heart, not because of what we’ve done or who we are.

Reflection Questions:

1. Is there a growing revelation of His character and glory in your life? Is Christ being magnified?

2. Is there a growing love and affection for Jesus in your life?

3. Is there a growing evidence of His abiding presence in my life?

4. Ask God – “What are you doing in this situation? How can I participate?”

5. Which of the four witnesses would be most convincing to you?

ABIDE – FOUR WITNESSES TO JESUS’ AUTHORITY – John 5:19-47 (Nate Muse)

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