30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
Scripture Witnesses Christ
Jesus talks about the scriptures that he had available to him: Our Old Testament. He commended the people of his day for searching the scriptures and finding the truth. In both the Old testament and the New Testament Jesus can be found. However, are we going to know about him or are we going to know him? The reason that the Bible is written is so that we can know God through Christ.
A children’s book like the Jesus Storybook Bible helps us to see how each story whispers his name. Children need to be raised on the whole Bible as a story of redemption.
Jesus let us see you in the pages of scripture. Let us not know about you, but help us to know you.
- What is the occasion of Jesus’ prayer?
- What are the themes of the prayer?
- How is Jesus mentioned in the Old Testament if we do not see his name?
- How have you found Jesus in the Old Testament?
- How would you teach children to find Jesus in the whole Bible?