“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40
Jesus is talking about how He and God the Father testifies about who He is. The people also heard John the Baptist testify about who He was. The people had heard about Jesus and seen what He had done, yet were not following Him.
They were studying the Scriptures. They knew all the verses and prophecies. They knew all the rules God had stated. They expected to find life in those Scriptures. They would not come to Jesus for that life they were searching for.
Times have not changed. Many people today will go to church every Sunday, be on the worship team, and study the Bible thoroughly seeking for life and meaning in life. Yet, they will not have a relationship with Jesus, the author of life.
Most people are trying to earn their salvation. They want to be “good enough” for God. They are trying to escape punishment from God.
You will never be good enough for God. You can never earn your salvation. You will never find life outside of Jesus.
Everything that you do must be based off of your belief in the salvation Jesus provided and your relationship with Him. Seek Jesus and you will find life.
Jesus did not come to punish or condemn. He came to give life and that abundantly. He is the mercy and love of God to mankind.
Knowing the Bible inside and out will not give you life. In itself the Scriptures will leave you empty. They point to Jesus and the need for Him. Without Jesus all of the Scriptures become pointless.
Where are you seeking life? In things of this world? In Scriptures and church? In ministry? Or in Jesus?
I pray today that you will see Jesus as the author of life; that you will seek Jesus in every area of your life; that you will seek Jesus in the Scriptures; that God will reveal the life He has for you; and that you will come to Jesus for life.