March 21 – Gospel Readthrough – John 5

Read John 5:1-47

Have you ever seen the show called Undercover Boss?

This is where billionaire CEO’s of huge companies go undercover in their own business to discover how their own companies actually operate and how they interact with their own employees to see if they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. The show ends with the CEO revealing themselves as the person who was working next to them and either rewards people for their good work or corrects wayward employees.

I couldn’t help but think about Undercover Boss when reading through John 5. Specifically, in verse 39 when Jesus says,

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

These religious leaders were going after Jesus because He claims to be the Son of God that was promised in the Scriptures.

Funny thing is that He was the person prophesied for centuries!

As you read this chapter, and continue through the gospel reading plan, are you missing the point of Jesus?

For me, I’ve spent my entire life in the church but it took me until late high school for it to begin clicking for me. Jesus isn’t just some guy that you learn about in Sunday school. He isn’t just a guy that did some cool things and said even more controversial things. He isn’t some guy who died for a bunch of people and just happened to raise from the dead.

Jesus is God and He loves you – yes, you reading this, deeply! A relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in your entire life!

As you read this chapter, I encourage you to open your heart to Jesus today. Even if you’ve already made Him the Savior of your life, what do you need to do to shine the hope of Jesus in your life? As we turn down the final stretch of this gospel reading plan, what do you need to do in order to allow Jesus to have an even more commanding position in your life? Do you find yourself downplaying Him? Do you need to think of Him for who He actually is – Son of God and Savior of the world? Do you need to make a habit of consistently thanking Him for what He has done and is doing for you?

As we just learned in a series here at Grace, at the time of this writing, what you believe about God (thus, Jesus) is the most important thing in your life.

What do you truly think about Him?

Jake Lawson

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