“Jesus Christ . . . is the Faithful Qitness, the Firstborn from the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth.” - Revelation 1:5
Witnesses play an important role in our legal system. They verify the details of an event as they see it. Their testimony has the power to convince a jury to convict or acquit. In Revelation 1:5 John calls Jesus "The Faithful Witness." As God's faithful witness, Jesus reveals His relationship to the Father. He also bears witness to the Father's plan to save all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. In addition, He testifies about what it means to live in righteous submission to the Father's will.
But Jesus' witness doesn't end with explaining God's truth. The Greek word for "witness" is martys, the root of our English word "martyr." Jesus has not only testified about God's truth; He has verified His verbal witness by giving His life - for us.
Jesus is the witness par excellence. John uses the term "faithful witness" here to remind his readers, who were experiencing doubt in the midst of persecution for their faith, that Jesus is the faithful witness in speaking truth and in giving His life.
As Jesus' followers, we too are called to be His witnesses, both with our words and with our lives. Everybody you see this week has a hidden hurt. And everybody you meet this week needs a massive dose of hope. When you share hope, you’ll have a willing audience. The hope that best helps people is the hope from somebody who says, “Been there, done that.” That’s how God wants to use you. God wants you to be a hope dispenser by sharing your experiences and what God has done for you. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (NIV) God wants you to be His witness. Following the example of Jesus, how will you be a faithful witness today in speaking and living out God's truth?