Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
Needless to say, John 5:39 is one of my favorite verses. It changed my life, from being extremely legalistic to becoming wholeheartedly Christ-centered. I don’t apologize for constantly emphasizing His centrality because we’re commanded to hold fast to Him: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1 Cor. 15:1-2).
Are you daily holding fast to Jesus? As believers, there’s a vital need to persevere in faith, lest we “be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” The author then continues: “For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end” (Heb. 3:13-14).
After stating that the Scriptures are “they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39), Jesus said: “Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” How do the Scriptures relate to testifying of Jesus and our coming to Him? The best way to describe this relation is to understand that the written word—the Bible—testifies of the living Word—Jesus. He’s the embodiment of all God’s commandments, blessings, and promises. There’s a direct link to Him.
Charles Spurgeon wrote: “A sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle, and end is a mistake in conception and a crime execution.” When we see Jesus revealed in God’s word, we receive Him by faith and acknowledge Him as the source, substance, and sustainer of that commandment, blessing, or promise. As we do so by faith, we come to Him and experience His life.
One more thing…
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