DayBreaks for 01/22/15 – Who Is He? Really?
John 7:40 (NIV) – On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee?
Just before the verses cited above, Jesus claimed to be the Living Water. He had shaken up the religious world of Jerusalem with his teaching, lifestyle and actions. It was only natural that there would be different opinions about who he was.
It is significant that some said he might be “..the Prophet.” They at least recognized that he was not just “a prophet”, but possibly one for whom they had been waiting for. Others thought he was “the Christ” – the Anointed One. They were right. But others didn’t accept it because of his origins.
These verses prompted me to think a bit about my own response to Jesus. Do I believe Jesus is THE prophet or the Christ? While the people who did believe he was “the Prophet” meant well by it, they didn’t see him (the Messiah) as the Son of God. We limit Jesus so very quickly and easily to make him fit an image we have in mind of what He should be rather than what He is. If I don’t expect him to be the Son of God and to therefore ACT like God, I will not ask for much and hence will receive little. I will not believe for much and will experience little in that case. Sometimes the limitation we place on him (or even on other people we encounter) are driven by nothing more significant that their hometown or the color of their skin or the way they dress or the level of their education.
The people were divided because of Jesus. He is still dividing people today, and if we are not divided because of Him and His claim on us, we are not recognizing Him as the Son of God.
Matthew 10:32 (NIV) – Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
PRAYER: Father, I am sure that even though we are convinced we believe that Jesus is Your Son, we often don’t act like it. Show us the reality about our faith, and help us in our unbelief! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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