Good morning! I'm so sorry it's been a few days since I've written. I dealt with horrible headaches last week, and I ended up just needing to take a few days off and relax a bit. I hope your weekend and Lord's day was a good one. Mine was; this was one of the Sundays in the month that my family was able to attend both morning and evening services.
We are still in chapter 5 of the book of John. Jesus is in Jerusalem and had healed a man on the Sabbath. There were those who wanted to kill Jesus for this, because to them it seemed he cared not for their laws. No work was supposed to be done on the Sabbath;it was a day of rest! In verses 19 through the end of the chapter (please read it for yourself, I may make mistakes) Jesus talks to them. He tells them that he is here to do his Father's will, not his own. God gave him authority of judgement over us. Jesus told the listeners that there would be a time when the dead would hear his voice, foretelling the resurrection. He spoke of John the Baptizer, who bore witness to Jesus. Jesus chided the people, saying that they had chosen to listen to John for a time, but apparently stopped.
The people knew the laws they were to obey but they hadn't paid much attention to the promise. "Search the Scripture," he told them (v 39). Pay close attention to verses 42 through 47. Jesus said he knew their hearts, and they did not have the love of God in them. They trusted Moses, but mostly about the law. Moses wrote of Jesus, but apparently they had chosen to disregard that and did not see what was right in front of them. The final verse says
47. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
When Jesus was tempted of the devil, each time he answered, It is written. The only way to fight temptation is to know what the bible says. He tells us quite plainly in word as well as example, search the scriptures.
A young man was invited to church by his friend. He listened to what was being said, but he was skeptical. Surely the bible did not say what these people were saying! He did what others do when looking for answers or trying to prove another person wrong: he read and searched the scriptures. He not only was baptized into Christ, he became a preacher. He had found the truth and he had (still does )a great burning desire to teach others.
Have a great day.