Read John 5
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Scripture- John 5:39-40- “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."
Observations- The Pharisees and other religious leaders were angry at Jesus for teaching with such authority and power. They were upset about the signs and wonders that accompanied His teaching, but they were most enraged by the intimate connection Jesus claimed to have with His Father. In their minds this was grounds for blasphemy, but Jesus simply stated His relationship with the Father as a truth they couldn't yet see. The religious leaders poured over the scrolls of Scripture, but they couldn't grasp that the very Word of God was standing in front of them.
Application- Reading the Bible remains the #1 method to experience transformation; that is, as we read it in the power of the Holy Spirit for inspiration, not only information. It is vital for us to rooted in God's Word represented by Jesus Christ Himself and the words that point to Him in Scripture. We read to see Jesus at work in the Old Testament as a foreshadowing of things to come. The Gospel of John is clear- Jesus Christ is the true Word of God made flesh. Every word contained in God's Word points to Jesus, but we have to be in the right frame of mind and heart to be open to hear the truth in love. If we want to know who God is, then we look at Jesus- period.
Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for Your all sufficient and amazing grace that saves a wretch like me! When we open up Your Word, help us see Jesus, the Word made flesh. Thanks for this new day to serve You and love the people You love so much. Help me have eyes to see Your glory all around me. Nudge me to speak up for You today in ways that will point to Jesus. Let Your Holy Spirit guide me in my encounters with people today. Amen.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17),
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