This is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

1 John 5: 11

 

When a witness is preparing to give testimony during a trial she is first required to swear that what is to be said will be the truth. When a person signs a legal document as a witness the signature is a testimony to the validity of the identities of the parties who entered into the agreement. God’s signature of witness is written across all of creation. His word is the bond that holds it all together. The Father’s seal of promise was affixed to the hearts of His first children, and it has not been broken since. God remains ever true to uphold His side of the contract. It is humanity that has fallen short and failed to uphold our side of that agreement.

 

Yet, even in the face of our continuous wandering, God seeks us out. He desires that every one of His people would choose to be in an unending relationship with Him. He wants us to accept the gift of His never-ending presence. This has been granted to all of us through Christ whose voice of love, grace, and acceptance also cries out with the unwavering righteousness of God. Humanity is called out of a life that is lost and decaying. Christ speaks life into our souls, and He breathes that eternal life into our daily existence. Jesus is the living testimony of the Father’s relentless pursuit of each of us.

 

God wants His children to accept this testimony of Christ. He also wants us to become witnesses to that new, that transformed, life that we have received in and through Christ. God does not bring us into life in order for us to quietly sit out the remaining days on earth while awaiting a future, heavenly eternity. Rather, He brings that eternity into the here and now. He grants us the fullness of His presence in our earthly lives, and Christ implores us to join Him in living as compelling witnesses to the Father’s perfect plan of salvation for all who will come to Him.