By S’ambrosia Wasike
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be counted among the small number of people throughout the history of humankind who have actually seen Jesus? We have all read plenty of biblical accounts of his life and can recite them as if we had written the manuscripts ourselves, but a mere few can say, “I was there. I have seen with my own eyes. He’s the one.”
Several years ago, as I was shelving books and talking with a coworker at my university’s library, I found myself bombarded with dozens of questions about my faith. Most of what he wanted to know centered around history, science, and archeology, but after rounds and rounds of surface-level queries, he finally came to the heart of the matter: “How can you be sure that Jesus is real when you’ve never seen him?”
With great confidence I responded, “Because I know him personally, and knowing is beholding. That’s all the assurance I need.”
Each of us has our own stories of personal encounters with Christ that have cultivated a deep conviction in our hearts that he is our living and loving redeemer. No two stories are exactly the same, yet we all come to the same conclusion as John the Baptist: Jesus is alive, and he is the Son of God.
The Testimony of Christ
Bearing witness to Christ is more than merely internalizing all that he has done to transform our lives; it is providing evidence to everyone in our spheres of influence that he lives in us. We may not be able to declare that we’ve physically seen Jesus, yet we do have the opportunity to allow others to witness him through our lives.
What an honor it would be for those of us who currently only see in part to see the fullness of beauty in the glorious face of Jesus—but what an even greater honor it will be for people to say of us that through our lives they have seen and can testify that Jesus is the Son of God.
S’ambrosia Wasike and her husband are living out their dreams in Kitale, Kenya, where they film documentaries for missionaries and train former orphans in art education.