I’m reflecting on tearing and testimony at the moment. Here is another example from Jesus’ life:
a roof is torn open from above;
and in what follows there is both
a testimony to Jesus’ identity – the one who has been given authority to act for God on earth;
and a testimony to our identity – fully reconciled with God, because we share as sons in the identity of the person Jesus, who was fully one with God.
In the places where we are torn, where we suffer loss, where our lives are rudely interrupted...in these places, we must learn to hear the voice of testimony, the revelation of who we are in Christ.
And we must allow that testimony to sink in to our very being, to shape our life.
In this way, we become a paralytic walking – an evidence of the impossible. And as we walk out in our new identity, in full view of those who have previously known us, they will be amazed and praise God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”