Today’s Scripture: John 5
Scripture is not life.
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Today we are reading through John Chapter 5. Near the end of the chapter, Jesus makes some weighty statements:
39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life”
Scripture is not life, but it does point us to the ONE who is. Last week we read, “In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word WAS (emphasis mine) God” (John 1:1). These verses tell us that Jesus was (and is) the WORD. Then, in Verse 4 it says that the WORD (Jesus) gives life.
Verses 39-40 can be a little confusing because if we are or want to be followers of Christ, we hear about the importance of being in the Word, attending church, etc. We can read the Bible and check that off our daily or weekly “to-do list” but not grow or apply anything from it. We can go to church and not walk away any different than when we came in. Life-change comes from Jesus and it goes beyond our spiritual “to-dos.” The Jewish people in Biblical times (who supposedly were the most religious) spent a lot of time studying the Word and were considered experts of the Scriptures. Yet they actually MISSED the point—that the Scriptures POINT to Jesus as the Messiah!
The Word does not do any good outside of you (on the surface), but the Word INSIDE of you is LIFE-CHANGING.
Jesus also said, “You do not have his (the Father’s) message in your hearts, because you do not believe me, the one he sent you” (vs. 38). Then he wraps up this exhortation with the truth that they were refusing to come to HIM to receive life.
We can “do” all the things—go to church, listen to podcasts and worship music, read a devotion plan—but it is all for nothing if we refuse to come to Jesus and actually let him change us. He wants us to be on a life-changing adventure with him.
Have you given your life to Christ? If so, do you invite him into your daily devotional time, church attendance, etc.?
When is the last time you allowed the Spirit to guide you on an adventure?
At CedarCreek, the mission is to, “Introduce people to JESUS and the life-changing adventure with him.” Because with HIM living inside of you, you can be on a life-changing adventure.
Invite Jesus into your life if you haven’t taken that step yet. If you have, invite him into your devotional time, your church attendance and your worship time. Allow him to speak to you and surrender to his leading. Actively apply what he is teaching or showing you.
Jesus, I invite you into my life, my heart, my study. Change me from the inside out. Speak to me through your Scriptures, through the messages at church, and through the songs I sing to you. May I be attentive to the work you’re doing IN me by applying and responding in obedience. Thank you for loving me so much and sending your Word. Thank you for being the WORD made flesh. I worship and honor you. In your name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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