As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” A second time they [the Pharisees] summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:1, 3, 6-11, 24-25 NIV
A significant aspect of living is contributing something that will make a positive difference in society, or doing something special that helps direct and makes life better for someone.
The people of God hold a peculiar position among all people groups in the Earth, for we have a unique and special role in the world (1 Peter 2:10). Jesus clarified that role when declaring, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere — in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NLT). This mandate of witnessing was given to the Church to be carried out under the power of the Holy Spirit.
The work of witnessing to the world is not primarily about producing a product or a service as it is with many jobs. Rather it centers around a unique, profound person — Jesus Christ. Jesus is not like anyone else we know, therefore, worthy of our witness.
Jesus was no mere mortal in that he was free from sin. He is the resurrected Lord for he is not dominated by death, having loosed and demolishing its grip. He is the liberating savior, for he is able to set free from sin because he has power over sin. Jesus is so profound in that he has become the hinge of history.
The basic meaning of the term “witness” means “one who testifies.” A witness presents or bears testimony. A witness offers evidence of actual events; evidence based on direct personal knowledge in order to bring understanding to a situation, or confirm something as true. The believers of Christ testified to what they had heard, seen and experienced (1 John 1:1-3).
You may be like the blind man in John 9 who only had a “one thing I know” kind of testimony. After being harassed by non-believing religious leaders about Jesus and what he did, the response of the no longer blind man wasn’t filled with any philosophy and probably no charisma. He simply said “I don’t know if Jesus is a sinner or not. The one thing I know is I was blind, but now I see.”
You may not be given a grandstand before a grand audience to testify. But as in a courtroom, your testimony about Jesus can be the key to make a difference in the public square or a private gathering. All God needs you to have is a “one thing I know” or a “all I know is this” kind of testimony to tell somebody who Jesus is and how good he is.
Rev. Johnson A. Beaven III is pastor of Citadel of Faith Church of God in Christ. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @jbeaven.