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DAY 43

— Read: John 20:19-31

At the beginning of this journey through the Gospel of John, I mentioned that I had jury duty. My job as a juror was not to be the judge or the attorney or a witness. My job was to be a juror.

In God’s kingdom, though, we’re called to be His witness.

We may witness in different ways. Some of us might be more vocal or forthright than others. But all of us are called to be a witness to the grace and truth of our Lord. Our very lives should speak to the transformation Christ has done in us.

John begins to wrap up his book in the final few paragraphs. In today’s reading he says:

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)

John’s purpose for writing is this: So that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah.

John doesn’t hide his purpose for writing. He doesn’t mask His reasons with something more culturally palatable. John shoots straight with his readers.

John’s words are his witness and his life is a witness to his words.

This is my prayer for the words I write, the words I share. This is my prayer for the life I live, the life I share. That others may believe Jesus is the Messiah. There’s no other reason for writing or speaking than to point to this very truth — to point to Him.

This is also my prayer for you as we finish up the Gospel of John this week.

May your words — your life — be a witness to all you come in contact with…that Jesus is the Messiah.


 

— Diving Deeper —

Do you see your everyday words as a witness to Christ?

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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