The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw (Rev. 1:1-2).
All of the Apostles were martyreos or witnesses who provided eyewitness testimony of Jesus. They had the unique privilege of walking with Jesus. They came alongside Jesus as regular men from average vocations. But they had one thing in common, they were looking for the Messiah to appear and rescue Israel from Roman rule. What they got was vastly different than what they had expected. Jesus didn’t meet their expectations, He exceeded them! No, Jesus didn’t kick Rome out of Israel nor did He ascend to David’s Throne, He did things differently. He did things His way:
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
From the time of the Prophets, Messiah was foretold and the expectation in Israel rose with each generation. When the time finally arrived, and Jesus entered the scene, the words of the Prophets had been misconstrued and erroneously taught that Messiah would first come as King. Israel forgot about Isaiah’s words:
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before Him like a tiny shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He has no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him (Isaiah 53:1-2).
Messiah would not come as the King Israel sought…at least not yet. The Apostles, unlearned men, met Jesus, and their lives were turned upside down. They willingly became martyreos for Christ. It’s from martyreo that we get the word martyr. Common men walked away from the unassuming lives they once knew to become Christ’s slaves, living testimonies, and ultimately martyrs. The Apostle John, a fisherman by trade, ended up a prisoner on a secluded island because he wouldn’t stay quiet about this man Jesus! No one in their right mind would do this unless the things they saw, the things they heard, were true. We can trust John’s testimony. He was an eyewitness to a time the prophets could only dream about and we can only read about.
Father, I may not have had the awesome privilege of witnessing the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus, but my life has been changed by your Son. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am a slave to Christ. Make me a living testimony of what Jesus can do with a surrendered life. Make me a bold witness to the Word of God and to your Son, Jesus Christ.
Scriptures to Meditate On:
He (John the Baptist) came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him (John 1:7).
I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God (John 1:34).”
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done (John 4:39).”
But the testimony which I (Jesus) have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do--testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me (John 5:36).
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me (John 5:39).
Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going (John 8:14).
Of Him (Jesus) all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43).
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world (I John 4:14).
The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son (I John 5:10).
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star (Revelation 22:16).
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book (Rev. 22:18).
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20).
 Martyreo: Greek word meaning to be a witness, to bear witness, to affirm, to give testimony, to give a good report