Apologies, first. With an out of sorts week, posts were neglected to be posted. And I just realized the one posted was titled with the wrong week.
But here we are, getting back on track. Sort of.
We will not be meeting this week for our session. Session Three will be a week late. We needed a bit of break for the out of sorts.
So onward we go.
testimony – 1a(1): the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic law (2): the ark containing the tablets b: a divine decree attested in the Scriptures 2a: firsthand authentication of a fact: evidence b: an outward sign
The Gospel of John describes Jesus as the “word made flesh.” Testimony is defined as the written word on tablets, in the ark, all of Scripture. All words written as a testimony to Jesus.
Have you considered every word in Scripture is a testimony of the Mediator between God and you?
The second definition describes testimony as facts proven through firsthand experience or evidence. What is your firsthand experience of Jesus? What evidence in your life points to Him as the ransom for all?
Our testimony comes together when we combine the Word with our firsthand experience. As we experience God’s mediating love through Jesus we are transformed. Soon the outside matches the inside change in us.
Think about the last few years of your journey. See yourself then and now. Is there a difference in you? What outward signs are rising to the surface of your life, expressing themselves in surprising ways?
Reflect on your new self. What evidence might you share with another as a testimony to the One True Hope?
Ask Him for an opportunity to share your testimony with someone who needs hope.
Read John 5:19-29
Jesus is speaking to the Jews who want to kill Him for healing on the Sabbath and calling God His Father. The word “hope” is not used in the passage, but it’s evidenced by Jesus’s faith.
Where do you see Jesus place His hope? Where is the Father placing His hope? What significance is seen in where they place their hope? Can there be any other hope?
The resurrection of the dead reveals the outcome of hope during a lifetime. What are the eternal consequences of finding or missing the One Hope?