John 5:41-47 – Lesson #58

In building His case for being equal with God, Jesus called upon the testimonies of God Father, John the Baptist, His own miracles, and, as final evidence, the testimony of the Word of God; “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39). Jesus concluded with a pointed attack against “the Jews {who} sought all the more to kill Him” (John 5:18).

John 5:41-47
“I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you – Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Jesus could see directly into the heart of His accusers; “He knew what was in man” (John 2:25), and He knew that although they had the Scriptures they did not have the true love of God. Through various testimonies, Jesus showed He was sent from the Father, and yet He was not received. But there were several others during the time of Christ – and more during the following century – who would claim to be the Anointed One and were received with open arms. These self appointed messiahs promised victory over their Roman oppressors and one by one were proven to be false.

The promised message of a Spiritual victory for all eternity had been sadly missed because those who studied the Scripture did so to build their own standing; “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). They had forgotten that the only purpose of Scripture is to reveal God and His wonderful plan of salvation. The message of Jesus was new, but it was also a message which had long been revealed: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).

The Jews had the writings of Moses; and Jesus made it clear that those very writings were the ones that now accused them; “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead” (Luke 16:31). If they truly believed the writings they had already been given, they would also believe the One sent in fulfillment of those writings.

We are all held accountable to the truth we receive. Jesus will never accuse us before the Father. But if we fail to believe the now complete Scripture – which we have all been blessed to hold in our hands – we already stand accused. The plan of Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ has been clearly revealed. He is the Son of God sent as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. Now is the time to believe and receive.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries