I cannot even begin to comprehend what it must be like to pull a living relative out from under a mountain of bricks, inspiring hope in the family’s heart, but then watching that relative die a few hours later. Such are the reports we are hearing from Haiti.
I also cannot even begin to comprehend what it must be like for journalists, volunteers, just everybody involved in the recent disaster, to be eyewitnesses to dead bodies all around their feet; and people wrestling for food, water and other supplies; how about being earwitnesses to the wailing from sorrow and loss? And nosewitnesses to the smell of death? It certainly was different for me when I went as a medical missionary to Fiji.
There were eyewitnesses and earwitnesses in Jesus day also. I often wonder what that must have been like.
In the Scriptures, 2 Peter 1:16, the apostle testifies to being a witness of Jesus majesty, a reference to His transfiguration. The account tells of Jesus receiving honor and glory from God the Father. The voice came from the Majestic Glory, saying “This is my Son whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” NIV. Continuing in the account the apostle reports “we ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain”. An eyewitness and an earwitness on the sacred mountain! What a contrast to the ” sights and sounds” in our day!
Luke the Physician, a loyal friend of the apostle Paul, also spoke of reports being delivered to them from those who were eyewitnesses Luke 1:2.
In the gospel of John, chapter 11:39 Lazarus sister Martha was instructed to take away the stone from her brothers grave, which was a cave. Martha, more concerned about having to be a “nosewitness” responded “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” NKJV. Her impulsive outburst shows that Martha’s faith was to feeble to grasp the full significance of what was implied in verses 23-26. Jesus responded to Martha, verse 40, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” NIV.
In many different circumstances some might feel they did not see “the glory of God” like Martha did in her day. In Revelation chapter 1:5 Jesus Christ is named the “faithful” witness, the “firstborn from the dead”. He calls us His witnesses in Isaiah 43:10.
Today and everyday, may our lives be a testimony to four important thoughts :
When our hearts do not understand, we can still believe.
We cannot and will not in this life have all of the answers to the questions most dear to our hearts.
We can enjoy these blessings of belief when we come to know the “faithful” witness, Jesus Christ.
He has promised: Hebrews 10:35-37.