Week 1: Know Christ, Part 1

Day 1: “Jesus” is the Answer

Read John 5:30-47

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

We all have unanswered questions. Here is one question that puts them into perspective: “What is brown, furry, eats nuts, and climbs trees?” Jesus is the answer! Allow me to explain…

Many churches gather all the kiddos for a special “children’s message” during their services—the part of services adults tend to enjoy the most! During one of these gatherings, the pastor asked the children, “What is brown, furry, eats nuts, and climbs trees?” All the children’s hands shot-up yearning to be called upon to share the answer. But one little girl simply shouted: “Jesus!” The congregation guffawed. But the little girl was right. After all, whether the pastor used an empty egg shell, a toothpaste-tube and paper plate, pencils bound by rubber bands, or any other object lesson, he always ended the message with Jesus. That little girl simply jumped to the conclusion with her answer. Jesus did the same during a Q&A session.

In today’s passage, Jesus made an outrageous claim, if it were not true. Jesus claimed that the whole Bible was written about him (John 5:39; see also Luke 24:27). All Scripture was written to point us to Jesus. Jesus was talking to serious Bible students who completely missed the point: Jesus! But for God’s grace, we can end up making the same mistake! As we get into God’s Word, let us pray that we gain more than deeper knowledge (though knowledge is great!), and more than tools for a better life (these are also very desirable!), but a closer relationship with Jesus.

I once saw a statement spray painted onto the side of a building stating, “Jesus is the answer!” I never heard of graffiti-evangelism before! Someone painted a question below it: “What’s the question?” For us, every question comes back to Jesus!

TAKEAWAY: What insight, question, or conviction did Jesus say to you in His Word and your prayer time today?