Words, witness and warning

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
(John 5:39-40 ESV)

John 5:39-40 is a fearful warning to me. I am no scholar, but do try to keep learning more of the bible, believing it to be the very word of God. In reading and studying the bible am I recognizing the One with whom I have to reckon?

At the end of everything we will all be judged and the basis of judgment will be our response to Jesus as he revealed himself in the bible (John 12:48).

Jesus was rejected and crucified because he did not fit what people thought the messiah would or should be. When I look in the bible do I see, accept and bow to Jesus in his authoritative, uncompromising, sin-abhorring holiness?

Or would I prefer the bloke who sees my sin, winks and lets me continue in it? That guy ain’t the Son of God (2 Corinthians 11:14).