Friday 9 January, 2015

John 7:25-36

25 Then some of the people of Jerusalem began asking questions. They said, “Isn’t this the man some people are trying to kill? 26 Here he is! He is speaking openly. They aren’t saying a word to him. Have the authorities really decided that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 Jesus was still teaching in the temple courtyard. He cried out, “Yes, you know me. And you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority. The one who sent me is true. You do not know him. 29 But I know him. I am from him, and he sent me.” 30 When he said this, they tried to arrest him. But no one laid a hand on him. The time for him to show who he really was had not yet come. 31 Still, many people in the crowd believed in him. They said, “How will it be when the Messiah comes? Will he do more signs than this man?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering things like this about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. 33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time. Then I will go to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you won’t find me. You can’t come where I am going.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man plan to go? Does he think we can’t find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks? Will he go there to teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you won’t find me’? And what did he mean when he said, ‘You can’t come where I am going’?”

An identity crisis! Who was this Jesus? After listening to Jesus some of the residents of Jerusalem were confused about who Jesus was. They could not understand why the Jewish leaders had seemingly taken no action to carry out their threat to kill Jesus.  They wondered if the leaders were beginning to think that Jesus may be the promised Messiah.

Jesus was fully aware of their comments so he proceeded to announce that the key to knowing his identity was to recognise that the Father had sent him and that he had come from His Presence!

This declaration of Jesus was met with a mixed reception. Many wanted to arrest him, while many others thought he might be the Messiah. The Jewish leaders increased their efforts to arrest him.

Even today the true identity of Jesus is being questioned by many. It is imperative that Christians are absolutely convinced that Jesus is God’s Son and that he came into our world to reveal the true nature of God his Father.

Thank you Lord that you have demonstrated your true identity as God’s Son. We worship you as our Lord, and pray that the world might recognise that you are the one and only God worthy of all our praise and allegiance.

Written by Keith Bennett

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