How do Jesus’ words challenge your understanding and perspective regarding the Old Testament?

Daily Study from Lifeway’s “The Gospel Project”

Read John 5:31-47

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study[c] the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[d]?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

Jesus boldly confronted the people who wanted to kill Him because of His claims about being the Son of God. He minced no words about His identity, His unity with the Father, and His centrality in the work of salvation, eternal life, and resurrection. Yet He didn’t berate His accusers. Instead, He let the Scriptures speak and indict them for their unbelief.

The Scriptures Jesus spoke of were not the New Testament but the Old Testament. He declared without hesitation that the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings testified about His person and His work (v. 39). Eternal life is not found in the Scriptures apart from their testimony to the Giver of eternal life—Jesus. Furthermore, Moses was the most influential figure of the Hebrew Scriptures; he was God’s prophet to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians and the mediator of the law of God to the people. But for all his greatness, he too pointed to the One greater than himself (v. 46; see Deut. 18:15-19).

How do Jesus’ words challenge your understanding and perspective regarding the Old Testament?

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