John 5:31-47

For the next several months we will be walking through the life and teachings of Jesus as told to us by someone who walked with Him, the Apostle John.

We finished chapter 5 this week. In these last 17 verses, Jesus takes the Pharisees to “court”. After calling himself the Judge last week, Jesus calls some witnesses to the “stand”. The heart of this passage is verse 34: “but I say these things so you might be saved.” Jesus is doing all of this to point the Pharisees to Himself. Their hearts are hard and they don’t want to have anything to do with Him, but He continues to drive His point. In verse 39, Jesus points them to the Scriptures – something the Pharisees are keenly aware of – and says this: “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.” Could this be said of us in the Church today? How does this knowledge of Jesus as the Judge help you worship? Does this passage push you to engage your friends and neighbors with the Good News that there is a Judge who will pass judgment on all mankind, but offers peace with Himself?

If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here.

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