Witnessing To The Unbeliever
Not everyone believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore the church has plenty of work to do before the Lord returns for His Bride. The Christian’s work is to be a witness of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. But, I have heard people say the reason they don’t witness for the Lord is, “I don’t know how.” And that’s a legitimate statement; because most Christians don’t understand what a witness does. Being a witness for Jesus doesn’t mean you have to know everything there is to know about the bible. Witnessing is merely stating what you know to be the truth, and being honest enough to tell the other person, “I don’t know the answer to your question, but I will find out for you.”
Take for example, a witness in the courtroom is asked to tell what they know about a particular situation based upon what they saw with their eyes, and heard with their ears. They are not expected to answer questions about things they have no knowledge of. So, like the courtroom witness, the Christian witness tells the unbeliever what they know to be the truth about Jesus Christ, what they have seen with their eyes, and what they have heard with their ears. No more, and no less.
Go with me now to the Gospel of John, and let’s see how witnessing for Christ works. John 1:36, “And the next day John (the Baptist) was there in the same place (he had been the day before) with two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” John the Baptist began the following chain of events as he witnessed to his two disciples telling them that Jesus was the Lamb of God, or the Messiah. Verse 37, “…and they (his two disciples) followed Jesus.” Verse 38, “Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, Who are you seeking? They said to Him, “Where are you staying?” Jesus said to them, “Come and see.” They went and saw…” Verse 40, “…One of the two disciples was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” Verse 41, “He (Andrew) found his brother, Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah, the Christ. Verse 42, And He brought him to Jesus…” Verse 43, “The following day Jesus… found Phillip, and said to him, “Follow me.” Verse 45, “Phillip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Verse 46, And Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Phillip said to him, “Come and see.”
Did you follow the course of action these men took as they witnessed to their family and friends? They said, We have found (in essence) the Lord. And “Come and see.” First, John the Baptist told his disciples that ‘Jesus is the Lamb of God’, and Andrew followed Jesus, then Andrew found Simon Peter, and led him to the Lord; Jesus found Phillip, and Phillip found Nathanael and led him to the Lord. These men merely told the others what they themselves knew to be the truth. They came to this knowledge because someone had told them about Jesus; then they went and found their family and friends, told them about the Lord and led them to Jesus with the words, “Come and see.” It worked for Jesus and His first disciples, it has worked for generations since then, and it still works the same way today. Folks, our Christian witness is, “We have found the Lord.” Then we go and find our family and friends and tell them the story of how we came to meet Him, and invite them to come with us to see for themselves. This is as simple as it gets, but it works. DThrash