The Testimony of „the one who saw” (Jn 19:34-35) Cover Image

Świadectwo „tego, który widział” (J 19,34-35)
The Testimony of „the one who saw” (Jn 19:34-35)

Author(s): Henryk Witczyk
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Biblical studies, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: testimony; the Beloved Disciple; blood and water; “the one, who saw”; death; resurrection; Jesus’ sacrifice

Summary/Abstract: The author of the present article is seeking to answer two questions: (1) Who is “the one who saw” and “bore witness” that from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus “came out water and blood” (John 19:34-35)? (2) What is the theological meaning of the reported witness? The author presents the arguments pointing to “the beloved disciple”, the ideal author of the Fourth Gospel, as the one who plays the role of the “witness” and “speaks truth”. The deepest message contained in his testimony regards the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. They signify the offering that, both to the “beloved disciple” and to all believers, is the source of Spirit (water), which in turn brings them Christ living in the filial relationship with the Father (blood), that is, Life.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 235-255
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish