The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Whose testimony do we receive? In John 3:31-36 the Baptizer continues to point to the Christ. Jesus, who has come down from above, is the one who will testify correctly. John urges his listeners to believe Jesus’ message. That is the true testimony.
What is the message of Jesus? It is that God the Father loves the son and has given him authority (v. 35). It is that trusting God the Son will give eternal life (v. 36). It is that God’s wrath is poured out upon the one who does not believe the Son (v. 36).
Whose testimony are we going to receive? The New Testament presents testimony of Jesus, which is then affirmed by his fulfillment of his promise that he will die for our sins and rise again on the third day. Jesus is presented as trustworthy in that element. Is he trustworthy in others? May the Lord help us see him clearly.
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