You see, the Pharisees then and their counterparts today did not and do not follow the scriptures, no, not even the Old Testament. They follow the Talmud, which are the traditions of men, and that is what abides in them, i.e. religion.
Here's another translation of this verse: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
You must have your eyes and ears opened by the only One who can open them for you, Jesus Christ. You must go to Him and there is no other way. But some, such as these Pharisees, simply refuse Him. For yet others, their religion [church] gets in the way. The mud from their traditional teachings when cast into the water, clouds the entire pool so that they cannot see!John 5:39
You study the scriptures diligently, supposing that in having them you have eternal life; yet, although their testimony points to me, you refuse to come to me for that life. (N.E.B.)
And as verse 39 says, the scriptures do testify of Jesus Christ. Here's just one example:
Imagine this: God spoke directly to our people when they were at the foot of Mount Horeb, led there by Moses. But the people complained to Moses and said they didn't want God to speak to them anymore from that great burning mountain.Deut. 18:15-19
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
So God said, "I hear them LOUD and CLEAR"!
So guess what our Father promised them? That He would send a Prophet, a FLESH MAN, who would speak His very Words. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
And it shall eventually come to pass that if you don't believe in Him (John 3:16), God will require your very soul, your "it". I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
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