What Jesus Did! 'The Testimony of Someone Else' — John 5:31-32

Friday, April 11, 2014

"If I tell people about myself, then people cannot accept those things I say about myself. But there is another person that tells people about me. And I know that the things he says about me are true."
— John 5:31-32
Illustration of John 5:31-32 — "If I tell people about myself, then people cannot accept those things I say about myself."

Key Thought

Jesus didn't claim his authority as Son of God on his own. John the Baptist will give his life to testify that Jesus is from God. Using the principles of Jewish Law, Jesus will also add other witnesses—his miracles and the testimony of his own Father. What John had to say about Jesus was all true, some of it even truer than John himself could realize. Jesus is the Light of the World, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, and the Living One who was alive before Abraham was born. He is Jesus the Son of God. What we do with that reality will determine our destiny!

Today's Prayer

Father, I do believe you sent your Son into the world to be my Savior. Thank you for his sacrifice for my sins. Thank you Lord Jesus, for all you did to save me. I believe that you are the Son of God, the Lord who conquered death, and my Savior who will come when the Father says the time has come. I praise you for your obedience to the Father and your redeeming love for people like me. All praise be to you. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"If I tell people about myself, then people cannot accept those things I say about myself. But there is another person that tells people about me. And I know that the things he says about me are true. "You have sent men to John. And he has told you about the truth. I don't need a man to tell people about me. But I tell you these things so that you can be saved. John was like a lamp that burned and gave light. And you were happy to enjoy his light for a while. "But I have a proof about myself that is greater than John. The things I do are my proof. These are the things my Father gave me to do. These things show that the Father sent me. And the Father that sent me has given proof about me himself. But you have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he looks like. The Father's teaching does not live in you. Why? Because you don't believe in the One the Father sent. You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that those Scriptures give you life forever. Those same Scriptures tell about me! But you refuse to come to me to have that life {you want}. "I don't want praise from you or any other human. But I know you—I know that you don't have God's love in you. I have come from my Father—I speak for him. But you don't accept me. But when another person comes speaking only for himself, you will accept him. You like to have praise from each other. But you never try to get the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe? Don't think that I will stand before the Father and say that you are wrong. Moses is the person that says that you are wrong. And Moses is the one that you hoped would save you. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me. Why? Because Moses wrote about me. But you don't believe what Moses wrote. So you cannot believe the things I say."

John 5:31-47

Related Scripture Readings

There was a man named John. He was sent by God. John came to tell people about the Light (Christ). Through John all people could {hear about the Light and} believe. John was not the Light. But John came to tell people about the Light. The true Light was coming into the world. This is the true Light that gives light to all people.

John 1:6-9

The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John. The Jews sent them to ask, "Who are you?" John spoke freely. John did not refuse to answer. John said clearly, "I am not the Christ. " That is what John told people. The Jews asked John, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah ?" John answered, "No, I am not Elijah." The Jews asked, "Are you the Prophet ?" John answered, "No, I am not the Prophet." Then the Jews said, "Who are you? Tell us about yourself. Give us an answer to tell the people who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" John told them the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am the voice of a person shouting in the desert: 'Make a straight road ready for the Lord.'"

John 1:19-23

Jesus Christ is the One who came. Jesus came with water and with blood. Jesus did not come by water only. No, Jesus came by both water and blood. And the Spirit tells us that this is true. The Spirit is the truth. So there are three witnesses that tell us {about Jesus}: the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses agree. We believe people when they say something is true. But what God says is more important. And this is what God told us: He told us the truth about his own Son. The person who believes in the Son of God has the truth that God told us. The person who does not believe God makes God a liar. Why? Because that person does not believe what God told us about his Son.

1 John 5:6-10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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