What Jesus Did! 'The Center of Scripture' — John 5:39-40

Sunday, April 15, 2018

[Jesus said,] "You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."
— John 5:39-40 NLT
Illustration of John 5:39-40 NLT — [Jesus said,] "You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."

Key Thought

As important as the Scriptures are, Jesus is very much more important. He is the message to whom Scripture points. He is the key to unlock the message of God in the Bible. He is the reason the "Amen" can be spoken when Scripture is read. Jesus is the crucial, central, essential message around which Scripture turns. Why? Because he is God's greatest word (Hebrews 1:1-3). He is God with us, Immanuel (Matthew 1:23). He is God's message (John 1:1, 14). He gives life.

Today's Prayer

Thank you, O LORD God of Israel, for speaking through nature, Scripture, and experience. Thank you, most of all, for speaking so clearly and definitively in Jesus. Please open my heart and my mind to the message you want me to hear. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • 2 Corinthians 1:18-20
  • John 1:1-3

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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.