Psalms 51, 95, 69, 73 Romans 2:25-3:18, John 5:30-57
In today’s lesson from the Gospel according to John, Jesus speaks words of conviction that echo across time from the Jews of his day to us today. This entire passage speaks powerfully to it all coming down to the person of Jesus and accepting him as Savior and Lord. Verses 39-40, perhaps most poignantly to evangelical Christians today:
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life. It is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
Do we need reminding (convicting) that it is about the person of Jesus, and what he did for us and exemplified for us that we need to live into? Too often we look to pull out passages, especially from The Old Testament to prove our point in regard to a contemporary situation and do so leaving Jesus out. They, as Jesus confirms here in his own words first and foremost bear witness to him! And he calls us to come to him and live into his reconciling love by surrendering to him receiving his grace and sharing his reconciling love. This is at the center of the Christian witness. If we are going to be people of the Word, can we heed the words of the Logos himself, Jesus, our Emmanuel?