We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Pet. 1:16)
FOLLOWING EACH WEDDING CEREMONY I conducted during my ministry, I called the best man and maid of honor to my office to sign the wedding license. These people placed their signatures on the legal document to indicate that they were witnesses to the event.
When my wife and I drew up documents at our lawyer’s office, he called a staff person into the room to witness the official signing of the papers. I watch the evening news and the reporter signs on with an eyewitness report of breaking news.
Peter wanted there to be no doubt about the authenticity of the power of Jesus. He wanted readers to understand that the stories they may have heard about Jesus were not cleverly devised myths. Peter was an eyewitness, not a second-hand inspiration. He knew that the glory of Jesus was true because he had been a part of all that had happened. Peter invited us to open ourselves to the utterly mysterious while he offered a blessed assurance and authority for facing life.
Whenever you meditate on God’s Word, you are a witness to Christ’s glory. When you tell a hurting friend about the love of Jesus, you are a witness to Christ’s glory. We share the things we know and witness to the fact that God’s Word is true.
Today, do something that will make someone else an eyewitness to Christ’s glory.
Drexel Rankin is a retired ordained minister who served in Indiana, Alabama, and Kentucky. He and his wife, Patty, live in Louisville, Kentucky.