Eyewitness Testimony

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For most of human history, eyewitness testimony has been among the strongest possible evidence in a court case. Today, with the advent of scientific tests like DNA matching, our faith in an eyewitness is being called into question more frequently. 
While there are certainly legal cases where missidentification of suspects occurs, we must recognize the value of eyewitness testimony, especially multiple witnesses to the same events. The veracity of the bulk of our historical knowledge rests on the testimony of eyewitnesses to those events.

How trustworthy are the New Testament claims regarding Jesus’ Sonship? Your answer reflects your view of the value of eyewitness testimony. The apostles were selected by Jesus to learn from Him in an apprenticeship role and to serve as witnesses to the things he said and did. Along the way, they also had occasion to hear God’s own affirmation regarding Jesus.

Consider 2 Peter 1:16-18 where the apostle notes, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.”

Peter rejects that the gospel he preached consisted of clever human stories. It was not fiction, but factual testimony told by eyewitnesses. God Himself entered the human drama and proclaimed Jesus’ sonship.

Even casual observation reveals this world’s existence is no accident. It exhibits design which points to a designer. The God who created our world has provided a self-revelation through the inspiration of Scriptures. He has most clearly shown himself through Jesus—his Son. To believe, you must consider the testimony of eyewitnesses. Upon careful examination, their claims prove very believable. Do you believe?

John Kenneth King

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