"39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life." - John 5:39-40
Jesus here is speaking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. And let me tell ya...these guys knew the Scriptures really well. And I mean. REALLY WELL. (Read the whole passage to better understand the context for yourself by clicking here.) But they missed the big picture...although they knew the Scriptures, they never came to Jesus. This past Wednesday we talked about how the whole Bible points to Jesus. The Bible acts like a window. A window through which we can see God. Much like the picture above. Without this window, all we would be able to see is a wall - blocking the beautiful view! In the same way, the Bible is given to us by God to give us an incredible view of Himself. By reading the Bible and studying it, we can begin to see Jesus more clearly!
If you don't want to waste your time this semester, you will read your Bible and come closer to Jesus. I've never heard of a single person who has regretted time spent reading this incredible Book! But its your time, don't waste it!
Jesus and Peter
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you (agape) me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I (phileo) you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you (agape) me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I (phileo) you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you (phileo) me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I (phileo) you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
2 different words are used for love here in this passage:
1. Agape = "to love dearly" or "unconditionally"; the greatest of loves
2. Phileo = "to love as a friend" or "to like"
In this conversation, the resurrected, just died on the cross Jesus is asking Peter, the just denied Jesus 3 times Peter..."do you love me dearly?" But Peter isn't there yet. He doesn't love Jesus with all of his heart yet. To say so would be a lie. So Peter just responds with the truth. "No, Jesus, but I do like you."
Where are you at? Be honest like Peter. Do you love Jesus? Or do you just like Him? A very serious question. But one we must answer! Our souls depend on it.
So what's the point? --> If we love Jesus, we'll want to and we will spend time with him.