What Jesus Did! 'Believe My Words and Deeds' — John 5:35-36

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"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."
— John 5:35-36
Illustration of John 5:35-36 — "John was like a lamp that burned and gave light."

Key Thought

How do you decide about Jesus? Is he just a good guy? Is he anything more than a great teacher? Jesus asks us to make a decision based on the witnesses to him, especially his words and deeds. He asks us to listen to him. He invites us to examine his miracles. Then he challenges us to decide about him. Is he a blasphemer? Is he self-deluded? Or is he God's Son, the Messiah, and Savior of the world? Of course, many of us made that decision long ago. Does that mean we should take that decision for granted? Of course not! Nothing builds our faith quite like spending time with Jesus in the Gospels. So why not rededicate some time this spring to reading through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and look to Jesus' greater witnesses, his teachings and miracles, to build your faith.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for leaving a powerful testimony to Jesus in the Gospels. Thank you for the unique way each of these Gospels presents the story of Jesus. Build my faith and strengthen my commitment as I seek to get to know Jesus even better by studying his words and his mighty deeds. I pray this confidently in his name. 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

Jesus did many other miracles that his followers saw. Those miracles are not written in this book. But these things are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.

John 20:30-31

Any person that hates me also hates my Father. I did things among those people that no other person has ever done. If I had not done those things, they would not be guilty of sin. But they have seen those things I did. And still they hate me and my Father. But this happened so that what is written in their law would be true: 'They hated me for no reason.'

John 15:23-25

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About This Devotional

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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