133. “appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid” (John 8:13).
While the Pharisees are wrong about Jesus, they are right on this point. They cannot accept Jesus’ statements about Himself alone. But they missed who He is because they didn’t accept the other voices either–the prophets Isaiah, Zechariah, John the Baptist, etc. They even ignored the voice from Heaven on miraculous occasions. They didn’t get Him because they had decided not to. It’s true that my own statements of myself need to be confirmed by other sources, but ignoring those additional voices proves I have no interest in truth. Clearly their better course of action would have been to listen, to consider the larger evidence, and then to determine their view of this unusual Teacher.