What did you actually see as an eyewitness?
I’m pretty fortunate. I’ve never been an eyewitness to a crime in all my [mumbled number] years. Yes, as a teen, I helped my dad develop crime scene photos before the days of digital cameras. And I’m “pretty sure” I saw car tail lights flipping in front of me as I drove through the heavy rain of a tornado-infested thunderstorm. But an experienced eyewitness I am not.
Someone who was there
It’s always best to hear important/life-changing things from an eyewitness. You want to get the truth. An embellished story that was concocted by some random person is no help to you. And that’s why I love today’s verse.
The first half of 2 Peter 1:16 says, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…” – meaning that Peter wasn’t spreading some lie that he’d heard from someone who could spin a good story.
Then he explains in the rest of the verse, “BUT were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” Oh! To have been an eyewitness to the actual human life of Christ! Can you imagine?
One of the key traits of an eyewitness is this: they speak up. They testify as to what they know and witnessed.
So maybe we can’t testify about seeing Christ’s miracles firsthand, BUT we probably have our own miracles that we can share with others.
Me? After being told I would never have children, I have given birth to 2 great kids who are now grown adults. And I am more than willing to testify it was due only to the miraculous grace of God.