Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 215/260: Read John 5

The religious elite of the first century opposed the truth that Jesus demonstrated in His life and words. He would not bow to their authority, for His authority superseded any authority to which they laid claim.

He told them, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” At that time, He was speaking of the inspired Old Testament, the things written by Moses, David, the prophets, and others. But couldn’t the same be said today? The writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and Jude continue to testify of Jesus in this twenty-first century, and if we heed the things written, indeed we can have eternal life.

Yet, Jesus continues, “But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” Again, these words could apply to those in the religious world that want to deny the things recorded in the New Testament Scriptures. People want to set their own terms for coming to Jesus, rejecting His inspired instructions.

The Lord said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). We don’t get to set the terms; the Creator of the universe has established a way to salvation. If we reject His way, then we are just as guilty as those first-century religious elites. Jesus lamented, “I do not receive honor from men.” Sadly, those words are still true today.

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


Pray for a soft heart to receive the words of Jesus in faithful obedience.

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