In John 5:31-47 the testimony of Jesus is thoroughly outlined for us. Although Jesus’s testimony regarding himself should be enough, he knew that it would not be accepted.
“If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true.”John 5:31
Therefore, Jesus provided four testimonies to bear witness to the fact that he was the promised Messiah and God in the flesh.
The Testimony of John the Baptist
The first testimony Jesus provides is that of John the Baptist. John paved the way for the Messiah, and acknowledged Jesus as the promised one.
In John 1:29-30, 34, John the Baptist bears witness to Christ: “The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me’… And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Perhaps Jesus used John as the first testimony since he was fresh in the minds of the people. Not too long ago they had been following John and had been baptized by him. This testimony would be most relatable.
The Testimony of Jesus’s Works
As Jesus traveled throughout Judea he performed many miracles. He turned water into wine, healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years, and many others. The miracles Jesus performed were not small, and they bore witness to his power, which could only come from the Father.
The Testimony of the Father
Even God the Father bore testimony to who Jesus was at Jesus’s baptism. John the Baptist said, “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit’” (John 1:32-33).
The Testimony of Scripture
The Jewish people were obsessed with scripture. They read it constantly and memorized it. Yet, they failed to see that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Messiah. This is a huge oversight since there are over 300 prophecies regarding Christ in the Old Testament! Jesus rebukes them by saying, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).
In Deuteronomy 19:15 it says, “Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.” Jesus knew that it would take more convincing than just his word that he was sent by the Father so he went above and beyond the requirement laid out in Deuteronomy to provide witnesses testifying to he was. He did not need the testimony of others, but he provided it for our sake so that we might believe and be saved.
“Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.”John 5:34