It is said in such reputable places as Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary that the phrase, “Can I Get a Witness?” is often used in reference to someone who has been treated unfairly. For example, someone accuses you of something and you say you didn’t do it, followed by a “Can I get a witness?” In our little midwestern corner of the world, we say it when we want to make a point. For example, “This is a day for some major Diet Coke drinking. . . Can I get a witness?” We know we’re small town, and we’re okay with it, (Remember John Mellencamp’s Small Town song–I loved that song. . . .I was taught to fear Jesus in that small town). . . .
. . . which is probably why today when I was reading some of the red letters of John, chapter 15, those words came to my mind. You see in this slice of Scripture, Jesus is preparing the disciples for what is to come when He’s gone–when they are scattered about in those small and not so small towns. He tells them that if the world hated Him, and it did, then the world is going to hate them. He tells them that if the world persecuted Him, and it did, the world is going to persecute them. He tells them that He is going to be sending a witness.
When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will tesitfy about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
I can’t say that I’ve heard Jesus shouting out to me, “Hey! Dawn! Can I get a witness?” But I have certainly have been thinking about how unjustly He was treated for me, and for you, and how He is now calling those who call ourselves His to our time to be a witness for Him.
And you, you also must testify for you have been with me from the begininng.
And although I can’t say, like the disciples, that I have been with Him since the beginning, I can give a witness to the fact that He has been with me. And that’s something to give a shout out about. So who needs to hear your to testimony of the power of Jesus in your life, or more to the point, who doesn’t? Can I get a witness?