I am not a lawyer. As a matter of fact, the only legal class I was required to take for my Journalism degree was Mass Media Law. Still, I have seen enough crime shows on television to know that witnesses make or break a case.
Before we go any further, let’s look at the meaning of ‘witness.’ Merriam-Webster defines ‘witness’ in several ways, including “a person who makes a statement in a court about what he/she knows or has seen.” A so-called witness is also “a person who is present at an event and can say that it happened.” Notice how it says a person, meaning one individual. In other words, one person’s testimony means victory or defeat.
The Bible tells us that the resurrected Jesus was seen by groups of people over a period of 40 days (Acts 1:3). Among those people was Peter, who talks about witnesses seeing the resurrected Jesus in Acts 2:32. Several disciples, including Peter, saw the resurrected Jesus while fishing (John 21:7, 12). Two travelers on the road were among the first people to see him after His resurrection (Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-34). Meanwhile, in 1 Corinthians 15:6, Paul tells readers that Jesus was seen by more than 500 people at once.
I am writing about this today because the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential to the Christian faith. If Christ was not raised, then our faith is in vain and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17). I also know that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Moreover, the Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Therefore, we all need to make that leap of faith to pray to Jesus, acknowledge that we are sinners and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:13). Still, how much evidence do you need to make that leap of faith? Consider the many witnesses!
I suppose here that a non-believer may read this and say, ‘Yeah, but they could have lied.’ I do not think so, and it is not just because I have faith that what they said was truthful. Many of the witnesses that saw the resurrected Jesus were Jews, and one of the 10 Commandments is that people not bear false witness or testimony (Exodus 20:16). Doing so would and did result in some very stiff punishments.
Bottom line, people that saw the resurrected Jesus did not lie. They knew what they saw, and regardless of what man might do to them, they told others about their encounters with the resurrected Christ. Because of their testimony, we teach and preach Christ today.
Can I get a witness?