How would you prove where you were yesterday? You could give an account of the TV show you watched or present the receipts from the store where you shopped. You may simply point to those people who were with you and can verify what they saw you doing. This is the legal maxim for proof and the standard of evidence. Fact is proved certain by as few as two or three witnesses observing the same event. These witnesses prove that by honestly examining their accounts for agreement then evidence affirms the facts upon two or more essential details, and these accounts are found false upon two or three explicit contradictions. Thus, testimonial evidence reveals the facts. This principle was useful for legal reasons and adopted into the ancient courts in Rome, Egypt, Greece, India, Crete, and the ancient republic of Israel under the Mosaical Law. Passed from English Common Law unto the United States, the U.S. Constitution states, “No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court” (Art. 3, Sect. 3). The Bible attributes the origin of this maxim to God.
How can Christians account for what Jesus did in His life? Why are there four Gospels? Matthew and John testified of what they saw and heard. Mark and Luke wrote and verified testimonies of other eyewitnesses. Each Gospel affirmed the ministry, the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus (Luke 1:1–3; John 20:31; 21:24; 1 John 1:1–4; 2 Pet 1:16–18). These written testimonies remain for an honest examination before all people throughout the last twenty centuries. Are these Gospels consistent proving that Jesus is the Messiah? Why not listen to Jesus Himself? Jesus proved that He is the Son of God upon the witnesses of John the Baptist’s preaching, His miracles, and the predictions of the Scriptures (John 5:30–47; 7:17; 8:17).
Therefore with the evidence show that Jesus is the Christ, turn to the words of Jesus for all things. There are many more things that believers can know that are outside of the witness of humankind, because Scripture shows that Jesus is God, the Messiah (Isa 9:6–7). For instance, Jesus testified to the Genesis account for the six days of the Creation of the universe (Matt 19:4–9, Mark 10:5–9). Within these same words, Jesus affirmed the institution of marriage which is between one man and one woman. He testified that His words are spirit and life (John 6:63), so let us rest in the peace that only He can promise (Matt 11:28–30). Let us turn to the words of Christ, His apostles, and prophets in the New Testament whose testimonies prove that God’s Word is true, inerrant, and reliable.