Why this is important: The religious scholars and the average Jewish person of Jesus time on earth thought they took “the Law”, what Moses wrote, very seriously. Jesus knew that Moses wrote about Him. He also knew they didn’t take that seriously and so discounted much of what Jesus had to say.
We read the Bible but do we always take it seriously? Jesus demands that we take the Bible and what He says seriously. It seems like more and more, some churches and the religious elite are discounting scripture and what Jesus says. We can’t do that.
It is a matter of life and death. God has a goal for us. We must take God seriously. God is God. His Word stands true for all time.
“I do not accept glory from people, but I know you—that you have no love for God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and yet you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, since you accept glory from one another but don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But if you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (John 5:41–47). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Our Master Jesus closed this penetrating sermon by warning the Jewish leaders that Moses, whom they honored, would be their judge, not their savior. The very Scriptures that they used to defend their religion would one day bear witness against them. The Jews knew what Moses wrote, but they did not really believe what he wrote.
Faith at work: God’s goal for us at work is to represent the word of God. This will challenge us to live out our faith with our colleagues. Our faithfulness to the word of God will have a huge impact.
It is one thing to have the Word in our hands or our heads, but quite another thing to have it in our hearts. Jesus is the Word made flesh, and the written Word bears witness to the Incarnate Word. “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).
The witness of John the Baptist, the witness of the divine miracles, and the witness of the Word of God all unite to declare that Jesus the Messiah is indeed One with the Father and the very Son of God.
Our Master was not intimidated by the accusations of the religious leaders. If you check a harmony of the Gospels, you will see that after the events recorded in John 5, Jesus deliberately violated the Sabbath again! He permitted His disciples to pick grain on the Sabbath, and He healed a man with a withered hand. These events probably took place in Galilee, but the news would certainly reach the leaders in Jerusalem and Judea.