John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
Many people believe in Jesus. They have the image of a great man in their minds. They even see him as more than an historic figure, and may even attest that He is their Savior… but they know little, if anything, of what He said while he was here. How many of His professed followers have never read His words?
If these assertions seem true to any degree, then it is easy to understand what John meant when he said, “no man receiveth his testimony.” There is a difference between following someone because you like him, or respect him, or think he has a shining personality, and following him because of what he teaches. And at this point in His ministry, it seems, Jesus had only a few followers who followed because of what He said… others followed Him because of what He did.
Jesus’ first position in a life is that of teacher. Otherwise He has no substantial position at all. He just becomes another feature in an already cluttered life.
His words set him apart from everyone else, and His words are vital for the Christian life. His words are God’s words. There is no space between the conscious intellect of Jesus and the eternal God. True disciples follow Him because of His words.