May 8

John 5:24-47

ďMost certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesnít come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of Godís voice; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. Donít marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I donít seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.

ďIf I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true. You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me. The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. You donít have his word living in you; because you donít believe him whom he sent.

ďYou search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life. I donít receive glory from men. But I know you, that you donít have Godís love in yourselves. I have come in my Fatherís name, and you donít receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you donít seek the glory that comes from the only God?

ďDonít think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you donít believe his writings, how will you believe my words?Ē