Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Moses & Jesus (John 5:31-47)
John came and testified to the truth. John was like a lamp that gave light for a while and for a time you chose to enjoy his light. He preached and baptized many. He is now imprisoned. Jesus now has a greater testimony to share. John only pointed the way to Jesus. Every work that he does is a testimony that the Father has sent him. His works prove his genuineness. And the Father himself testified about Jesus. He foretold his coming in the writing of the prophets. The Jewish leaders of the time diligently studied the scriptures because they thought that by them they could possess eternal life (v 39). However, the scriptures testify about Jesus. "You refuse to come to me to have life (v 40)." They seek the praise of each other and make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from God. Moses wrote about Jesus. The Jewish people put their faith in the writing of Moses. But, if they really believed what Moses wrote, they would believe what Moses wrote about Jesus. If we are willing to believe that Moses wrote about Jesus, are we willing to believe what Jesus says? Moses wrote that a greater prophet than he would come and that the people of Israel should listen to him (Deut 18:15). Jesus is who he says he is. The entire Old Testament points forwards to him. Yet, there are those who study it and wait for someone else to come. There is no other. Life will not be found in the writings of Moses. It will only truly be found in the words of Jesus.