2 Peter 1:16-18
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
Do you ever struggle with unbelief? Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who is challenging your faith and they make an argument that sways you a little? Have you ever heard, “How can you just accept things on blind faith”? I think there is a real desire in all of us to be able to see first hand those things in which we believe. For example, the most successful court cases are those who have good eyewitnesses of the events. Even the nightly news likes to add validity to their stories by interviewing eyewitnesses. What is interesting is that this propensity toward unbelief is not new or uncommon. Even the early church was affected by the naysayers of the day and many opinions about Jesus bombarded the new believers. Fortunately for them and for us there were eyewitnesses on hand to help them with their unbelief.
Re-read the verses above and find rest in the testimony of Peter the Apostle. Peter addresses it squarely, “we did not follow cleverly devised myths”, and further proclaims, “we were eyewitness of his majesty”. Peter assures us that he was there and that he saw and heard Jesus communing with the Father. How amazing is that?
I don’t think it is uncommon to struggle with the challenging claims of Jesus as laid out in the Bible. I think part of our journey with God is cutting through the sin-ravaged brokenness of our minds and flesh to be able to tap into the divine relationship with God that was destroyed by man’s rebellion so long ago. I am smitten with the way God has chosen to reveal it to us by taking up residence within us in the form of the Holy Spirit and leaving us the written testimony of eyewitnesses to guide us on our journey back to Him. I think the deeper we journey into this testimony and allow the work of the Spirit to flow through our lives revealing the love and sacrifice of Jesus then like the Scripture our own lives will become witnesses of God redemptive work in humanity. I think the true challenge as we mature in the faith is to look less for eyewitnesses to encourage us but rather to become witnesses so that we may encourage others.
Where are you at on the journey? How do we go deeper?
Heavenly Father, thank you God that in your divine plan you choose to dwell among us. Thank you God that you reveled yourself to men and then inspired them to record that meeting as a lasting testimony to your works. Speak to us through their testimony today and Father empower us to likewise be witnesses to your story. Let the testimony we give reveal you and your works. In Jesus’ name. Amen.