Posted by: randydunning | January 7, 2008

Day 7 | John 7

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Text: John 7

Key Verse: 40-43
“Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, ‘This certainly is the Prophet.’ Others were saying, ‘This is the Christ.’ Still others were saying, ‘Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?’ So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.”

Reflection:
Who is Jesus? This was the big question that fueled the heated debate going on around him in response to his teachings and his signs. For some he is a polarizing figure already, especially for the pharisees who vehemently oppose him. But the people are in the process of answering this question for themselves and it isn’t easy.

On one hand they are drawn to him by the miraculous signs and by the spirit of his teaching. On the other they have the pharisees proclaiming that he acts unlawfully and that no prophet can come from Galillee. The contrast between a new way and the status quo is confusing. Whom should they believe?

I have been at that crossroad, confronted with the question, “Who is Jesus?” Initially it was confusing, even scary at times as I sought to understand his claims and process if they were true. And if they were, what did that mean for my life? After all, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me (Matthew 16.24).”

So in the face of that challenge I understand when people wrestle with the big question. It is not a decision to be taken lightly!

Prayer:
Lord, many voices compete to define who You are and what our response to You ought to be. Give grace to those wrestling with the decision to believe you and receive the promise of having their souls filled with living water (v. 38).

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Responses

  1. I’ve never really thought too much about how prophetic Jesus truly was. Everything he says and does has a prophetic feel to it. Even the beginning of this passage where he says the right time for him had not yet come for him to reveal himself, even though it was during that same feast he would reveal himself. The people of the time looked very highly on prophets and what they said. Being prophetic is a quality of God; every characteristic is a quality of God. It would make sense that Jesus would then have every Godly characteristic. The bible continues to amaze me.


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