In this second second of two sermons, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, continues his discourse on what it means to be a great witness. Here are some excerpts:
“…Now you remember, of course, that in legal terminology, a “witness” is someone who saw an event and was therefore a part of the event. He stands up in court and says, “This is the truth about it. This is how it actually happened.” Now as a Christian I am called and challenged to tell people what I know about Jesus, what my eyes have seen and my ears have heard and my hands have handled of the Word of life (1 John 1:1). In a word, I am commissioned to tell the world what Jesus has done for me! “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see!”…”
“Today we note two further reasons why he was a great witness:…”
“…Hearing about this man’s courage and loneliness and subsequent punishment, Jesus came looking for him; and that is truly significant, because it means that Jesus never leaves any person to bear his witness alone. He seeks him out, and supports him, and confirms him in his faith…”
“Then Jesus administered the second cure. Having restored the man’s physical vision, He now opened the eyes of his soul. To this former blind beggar Jesus made promises which to us are the most precious promises in the Gospel—the very promises that make it possible for us to go on witnessing…”
Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.