31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
In a courtroom it is the testimony of the witness – the person who saw and experienced something directly, that is believed. This is the person who brings validation and authenticity to the situation. There are certainly times in every life where we are confounded by the wisdom of God. Jesus is my expert witness. Jesus knew God and could testify to his nature. Jesus has spent eternity with God, he has seen all, knows all. My life has been pretty short by comparison. This passage doesn’t once mention ‘understanding’- just knowing and believing. It doesn’t matter if I understand what God is doing. My faith is based in knowing God and his character, and believing in him. But in times where my experience of God falls short, Jesus is my witness to tell me what God is like. He fills the gaps. My choice is to believe.
Heavenly Father thank you for sending your son to show us more who you are. Help me today to put my trust in you. Thank you for your great love. In Jesus Name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight