Testimony Revisited (by guest blogger, Josiah Bender)

Greetings, my name is Siah, and I’m playing the role of epicke blogger today.

As some of you may know, I take a Law and Order class, and it uses terms like “testimony” all of the time. I found this intriguing; I, as a Christian, find myself saying “testimony” as well, but never for the same reason as one might in a courtroom. But the more you think about it, the more you find this great connection between the “testimony” of law and the “testimony” of Christianity. In law, a testimony is given about the events that have occurred at a crime, usually pinpointing a suspect as the criminal.

Now, let’s shake away some of the extra stuff and get down to the basics of that. A testimony is essentially a statement of what someone has experienced.  Well, hey! That’s what a Christian testimony is too! And it’s not always the “and then I hit rock bottom, but Jesus came into my life and now I’m great” stuff. That’s a great testimony, but sometimes a testimony is just telling people what you’ve experienced with Jesus. Now, you might wonder what experience you’re supposed to talk about. Well, here’s another interesting word in both law and Christianity: witness.

In law, the witness gives the testimony. In Christianity, we think of a witness as someone who professes Christ’s love. So, it’s simple. If a testimony is given by a witness, and a witness talks about Christ’s love and how he conquered death for our sins, then your testimony should describe your personal relationship with Christ and personally what it means to know that He died and rose again for your sins.

Matthew 10:32 says “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” Be a disciple – acknowledge what He has done for you, and tell others of His love and mercy. This is what it means to be a witness. This is what it means to give a testimony.

Blogger’s note: My son rocks, doesn’t he?

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