Of course Jesus was His own witness, but He knew the religious leaders would not accept His word. They were sitting in judgment over the Lord, and would require at least two witnesses. So He mentioned a mystery witness
There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true." John 5:32]which He would return to in a little bit, then moved on to
1) John the Baptist
"You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light." [John 5:33-35]John the Baptist testified to four things about Jesus:
• He announced Jesus as the predicted Messiah, the one the prophets had written about
• He announced Jesus as the Lamb of God, the sacrifice for all humankind’s sin
• He announced Jesus as the One Who would baptize with the Holy Spirit, and with fire
• He announced Jesus as the Son of God
At first the Pharisees and scribes were interested in John. They regarded him as a local celebrity. But they did not want to accept John’s message of repentance --> remember he called them a brood of vipers. They didn’t try to help him when he was arrested.
Jesus would not have brought John up, since the witnesses He was going to bring in had far greater weight than a human being, but He was giving the Jews as many chances as possible to be saved.
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