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Father God Testified to the Deity of Jesus in the Scriptures

John 5:37-40
And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (NIV)

It is a bold statement for Jesus to claim that Father God spoke clearly about Him in the Old Testament Scriptures. But Jesus was never afraid of telling the truth. The Old Testament is full of references to Jesus Christ; and more than 400 prophecies have already been fulfilled. And Jesus said that those words were the way in which Father God spoke to prepare people to meet His Son.

But when Jesus came only a few recognised who He was. That was because most had not taken God's Word to their hearts. They had viewed Scripture as a set of rules and not as messages from Father God in heaven. Yes, the religious people studied the Scriptures: but they were not changed by what they read, nor did they have any desire for Jesus. They knew that the secret of eternal life was contained in the Law of God but they did not accept that Jesus was the person to unlock the secret (Colossians 1:25-27). They said they loved God's Word but refused to come to Jesus and be saved.

Theology is a fascinating academic subject, and Bible verses may be inspiring and comforting. But without Jesus they cannot make ultimate sense. The Son of God was the Creator, is the Sustainer and will be the Judge of all people. But all that information means little until people believe in Him as their Saviour God. In our 'information-rich' age, where knowledge is available at one click, our friends and colleagues need to encounter the person who makes the Bible come alive - Jesus! Indeed the testimony of so many is that it was only after they believed in Jesus and submitted their lives to Him, that the Bible made sense - as though God Himself was speaking to them. Exactly what was happening!

Prayer 
God of truth. Thank You for revealing Your heart and mind in the pages of the Scriptures. I am sorry when I have simply used Your Word to gain information, or to secure comfort, but have not been listening for Your voice telling me about Jesus. Please help me to read Your Word with renewed eyes, and enable me to see Christ in all the Scriptures so that I may get to know my Saviour better and love Him more. In His Name. Amen.
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