The Gospels – The Gospel According to John
Jesus bears witness to God
John 5:31-40 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
The Works that Jesus accomplished is the proof of His connection with the Creator. The Creator by allowing Him to accomplish such works testifies in His favour. Testifies to the fact that Jesus was from Him. Because of this fact, His descent from God was not in question. Just because of this fact alone the Pharisees and scribes should have believed Him and gone to Him for the redemption of their spirits.
They would rather search and read the Scriptures expecting to discover therein a way to eternal Life whereas the road was standing right amongst them. The same is true today whereby instead of people looking around them for the Truth that must be obvious and is around them close themselves blindly to the new. The Pharisees should have accepted the new that came with Jesus but they did not just because it was new. They would rather stick to the old and search therein. They felt that the new Teaching that Jesus brought was different to what they were used to. They thereby out of fear closed themselves to it.
It is the same today. Many people would close themselves to the new Teaching that Jesus has promised out of the same fear that it is not familiar, they would rummage and search the Scriptures intending to discover therein the way to eternal life when all they have to do is be on the alert so as not to miss this new Teaching and as such not miss the Bridegroom when He comes.