One of Christ’s Witnesses

Jesus had many witnesses to clearly testify that He was the Messiah. One main witness was John the Baptist (John 1:6-9; 1:19-34).  Another witness was the works that Jesus did (John 10:25). The works testified who Jesus was (John 5:36; 10:25, 38).  As a matter of fact, as important as John’s testimony was, it did not involve any miraculous signs (John 10:41). John was a faithful witness but the works Jesus did was an even greater witness. Jesus said, “ But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given to Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me” (John 5:36). 

The works of Jesus were the works of the Father (John 9:4; 10:37, 38; 14:10; 17:4). The very works testified that He was sent from the Father (John 5:36). These works were unlike the works of any other (John 15:24). John, in his gospel, recorded seven signs that were the works of God to prove that Jesus was the Christ (John 20:30, 31). The purpose of the signs was to promote faith in Christ so that one can have eternal life.

The works Jesus did proved what John stated in his prologue (John 1:1-4). The prologue points out that Jesus is God with an eternal relationship with the Father (1:18). Jesus came from the Father (John 13:1-4; 17:5). He was eternal and the creator of all things. The works Jesus did were supernatural to prove that the works were of God.

A few examples of the works of Jesus were turning water into wine in Cana (John 2:1-11), healing the noble man’s son (John 4:43-54), healing the man at the pool (John 5:1-18), feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-15),  healing the blind man (John 9:1-38), raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44), and of course, His own resurrection (John 20:1-29).  When Jesus worked, the Father worked (John 5:17, 18). These works proved that Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30).

Anyone can say they came from God and can boast claims that God the Father sent him, yet works that are supernatural in origin can have only one source. Only Jesus was capable of such wonders. The generation that beheld these signs saw and heard the witnesses firsthand. If they wanted to know God, they would have embraced Him who came from God. If they rejected Jesus, they would have the sin of rejection of God.

How can anyone in such a position have an excuse for sin after seeing such works? The works were such a powerful testimony. The works can only lead one to the logical conclusion that Jesus is the Son of God.  Jesus even went on to say if that they did not believe His words, they should believe in the works themselves since the works would prove that the Father was in Him and He in the Father (John 10:37, 38, c.f. also 14:11).

Some who saw Jesus’ works tried to escape the noose of dilemma by agreeing that His works were supernatural in origin but saying they were not of God. They claimed that His works were done by the devil’s power (Matt. 12:22-24). By making such statements, they committed the unthinkable of all sins—blaspheming the Holy Spirit who energized Jesus to perform such miracles (Matt. 12:25-32; Luke 4:18, 19). 

You and I cannot see the works that Jesus did, yet we have a record of them (John 20:30, 31). By believing in the record, we believe in Him and thus have eternal life. Yet the people who reject that record do not have eternal life. Rejecting the works of Christ is rejecting the witness of Christ, and the consequence is death (John 8:24, Rom. 6:23). By believing the works of Christ, you also believe the witness of Christ and have a faith in Christ that results in eternal life.