“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).
Early in His ministry, Jesus has this serious discussion with some of the Jews in Jerusalem. He is here making a direct statement about their spiritual activities but yet implying they have failed to get the message.
Yes, they search the scriptures (the Old Testament) and depend on that search for gaining an entrance into heaven, but they have not even reached a proper understanding of who He is, even though the scriptures proclaim that He, the Messiah, is coming.
The Jews were approaching the scriptures academically without internalizing the meaning of the message. And the implication is that they had failed.
The implication for us is that having an academic knowledge of the scriptures is not enough to satisfy God: we must also put the message into our hearts, allowing it to mold us into the kind of caring person God wants His children to be.