“Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” (John 2:23-25)
The miracles of Jesus had two effects: (1) they drew attention to Him and confirmed who He was, (2) they were received by the people for the wrong reason. The people simply wanted more miracles and didn’t really see Jesus for who He was. Jesus knew that the heart of humankind was drawn to this kind of false understanding of Him. He knew the testimony of many people was selfish and He didn’t want or need that. Jesus didn’t need humankind’s testimony. Humankind needed His; the testimony to being sinful and separated from God, in need of a Savior.
We must remember that Jesus does not need us to tell Him who He is. He knows quite well who He is – the Son of God – God the Son! Our witness, however, is true. We confess that He is the One sent for our salvation. He is the One who performed miracles and still performs miracles because He is the Christ. No, He doesn’t need our testimony, but He has it.
Heavenly Father, You have worked the miracle of faith in Jesus in our hearts. That is the greatest miracle of all. You have overcome all obstacles with Your grace to make us part of Your Forever Family. Thank You for our Savior and our testimony of Him. May we be bold in our proclaiming Him! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and a weekly columnist.