Testimony (John #36)

Text: John 12:1-11

The Passover is near.  The time when the Lamb of God would take away the sins of the world. There were many testimonies and witnesses to the gospel, but the ones recorded by the Holy Spirit reveal a depth that is rooted in what the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to us.  And this record is made for the benefit of those who don’t believe.

Testimony of Life (vs 1, 9-11)

  • Jesus Christ preparing to go to the cross and he purposely sits himself beside Lazarus.
    • Preparation by way of testimony for those around to remember so they wouldn’t lose faith.
    • The chief priests came to a point where they couldn’t stop the message so they must kill the messenger (vss 10-11)
  • Power of a resurrected life (vs 1)
    • The gospel is not about making bad people better, it’s about making dead people  alive.
    • Jesus said I am the life
    • Jesus said I came that they might have life
    • Jesus said I am the way, truth, and the life
    • Jesus said Believe in me and I will give you eternal life
    • Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins… Even when we were dead in sins,hath quickened us together with Christ
    • In Christ we have the victory; death is defeated.
  • Can you imagine onlookers saying, Boy, Lazarus sure has turned his life around.  No, Lazarus was a testimony without having to say a word.
  • Strengthens faith
    • Lazarus’ testimony of life could be something that strengthens their faith.  A testimony that gives you something to remember when the waves start beating on the boat.
    • If things get bad, someone who has been watching is going to wonder where all the life is coming from when everything seems to be collapsing around.
    • Many wanted to see Lazarus in verse 9 to reaffirm what they had heard.
    • Have you ever seen life come out of someone you didn’t expect life to come out of.  Someone sick or in the hospital or someone who had just lost a loved one, but had a smile on their face?

 Testimony of Forgiveness (vs 3, 7)

  • Spikenard has a profound and complex aroma, a combination sweet/spicy/musky slightly woody scent.
  • Luke 7:36-47 we learn Mary was a sinner.
    • Before the cross of Christ, the word sinner was only used of very wicked people
    • Simon the Pharisee – Judas Iscariot’s dad – has no understanding of forgiveness.
    • This is probably Mary Magdalene
    • Provides motivation to love
  • Inspires good works
    • Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9 good work
      • Forgiven much therefore loved much.  The Lord created in her a zeal for good works.
      • Titus 2:14
      • Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
    • Work for the Lord always has opposition
      • Judas question betrays him in verse 5.  The better question is why is Jesus Christ less deserving of it? “
  • “Unbroken”

Testimony of Acceptance

  • The Lord says to leave Mary alone
  • Advocate and defendant – 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
  • Acceptance has the ability to create security.
    • So much insecurity from a son looking for acceptance from a father.
    • Keith Hernandez, .300 avg., Dad says to him, You’ll look back and say you could’ve done better.
    • Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
    • Did a lot of things yesterday.  You know one thing I didn’t do?  I didn’t try to stay saved.
  • Eternal testimony Matthew 26:13
    • accepted in the beloved

Conclusion that these three testimonies testify to the truth of the gospel that is about to played out.  The Holy Spirit points out three testimonies that are the gospel story:

  • the testimony of life
  • the testimony of God’s forgiveness
  • the testimony of God’s acceptance