Jesus continued trying to persuade the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem that he had come to do God’s will (61).
“I understand that you won’t believe me just because of my testimony. But there are other witnesses who have confirmed my testimony. I want you to consider these witnesses, not for my benefit but for yours, so you can believe & be saved.
“John the Baptizer has testified about me. John was like a bright lamp, burning and shining, and you were willing for a while to enjoy his light.
“But there is also another witness for me, even greater than the witness of John the Baptizer. Consider the miracles that God has given me to do. These deeds testify on my behalf and show that the Father has sent me.
“What’s more, God himself also testifies on my behalf, through the words of inspired scriptures. You have never heard God’s voice or seen his face. But you study God’s words — because you believe they have the key to new life that will continue in heaven forever, even after physical death.
“Yet, although God’s words speak about me, you’re not willing to trust in me — in order to have that new life.
“I’m not looking for human praise. Besides, I know what kind of people you are, and I know that you haven’t really surrendered your hearts to God.
- For example, I have come with God’s authority, but you haven’t received me. Yet you receive other people, speaking on their own authority.
- Here’s another example: You like to receive praise from one another, but you don’t try to receive praise from God.
“Just as you resist God in these fundamental ways, so you resist believing in me.
“But don’t think I’m the one who will accuse you before God. Moses is the one who will accuse you, even though you say Moses is someone you actually do trust & believe. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because God inspired Moses to write about me.
“The bottom line is that you choose not to believe all that Moses wrote, and you choose not to believe all that I say.”
(61) John 5:31-47