Jesus is the Son | Part 1: How to Share Your Testimony
July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020
Do you know how to share your testimony?
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ I didn’t know him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him. I didn’t know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The one you see the Spirit descending and resting on—he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34)
If you don’t know your own testimony or have never stopped to think through and write it down, here’s a great template you could use. I see 3 key elements in John the Baptist’s testimony.
Key Element 1: There was a time when John did not know Jesus.
Even though I was raised in a godly Christian home… even though I was in church three times a week… even though I had a “head knowledge” of who Jesus was… there was a time when I did not know Jesus.
When John the Baptist said he didn’t know him, he didn’t mean he didn’t know who he was. They were cousins! When John says, “I did not know him,” he’s saying that there was a time in his life when he did not realize that Jesus was the Lamb of God.
Key Element 2: When John realized WHO Jesus was, he told people.
John sees Jesus coming and he identifies Him. He told people, “I know who that is! I know what He is going to do.”
He had been telling people Jesus was coming, but now he’s telling them, “Hey, this is the One I told you about!”
Key Element 3: John told people WHY Jesus came.
John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Note that John did not say, “Behold the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who will deliver us and destroy our enemies.” He could have said that, but John knew that his audience did not need to see Jesus as the Conquering Messiah; they needed to see Him as the Suffering Servant. First things first. Political deliverance is a temporary fix. The people of Israel were just like us; they needed a permanent solution, not a political fix. We all need spiritual deliverance.
When you share your testimony, be careful how you point to Jesus. Yes, Jesus can heal every physical body and meet every financial need, but these needs pale in comparison to the spiritual needs we have. Our greatest need is to be reconciled to God.
Jesus didn’t come to be your best friend or just comfort you in times of your suffering and sorrow. Meeting these needs are good, but that’s not primarily why He came. Only Jesus, the Lamb of God can resolve our sin problem.
I pray that we will all be like John the Baptist and share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that can begin when we share our testimonies.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.