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Who is the Messiah?
John 7.25-27 – Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? 27 Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
The people were looking for a Messiah. Exactly what were they hoping to see in the Messiah?
(1) They were looking for a human leader, physically descended from the line of King David.
(2) They were looking for this leader to end centuries of oppression from foreign powers, to rebuild the Temple, and to usher in an age of peace.
Some people thought Jesus was the Messiah, while others plotted to kill him. Even those who hated Jesus, at least took him seriously. What a contrast that is to people today who claim to believe in Jesus, but who largely ignore him.
Jesus restates his purpose
John 7.28-29 – Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. 29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
I wrote in an earlier article that Dr. Frank Laubach found forty-six statements similar to the ones in these two verses. Dr. Laubach attempted to imitate Jesus and only do what he saw the heavenly Father doing. His amazing legacy is a testimony to what happens when we daily live the Jesus-kind-of-life.
We can believe Jesus’ words and actions to be true, because he completely serves his Father in heaven. There is absolutely no self-interest or self-serving in his actions. In addition, his mission is to bring the best life possible to people everywhere.
When authority is threatened
John 7.30-31 – Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
Reverend Broomfield was an old African-American preacher friend of mine in Louisiana. The first time I met him, he said, “Name’s Broomfield. I sweep ’em and I sweep ’em out.” I learned a lot from Reverend Broomfield and treasured his friendship.
Like Reverend Broomfield, Jesus swept people in and he swept people out.
Some people see miracles of transformed life and seek to know Jesus for themselves. Others see the same thing and turn away from Jesus. Still others actively persecute Jesus’ followers.
Throughout all of church history, difficult times have been a signal to seek the Lord. What better way to seek the Lord than to attempt to imitate Jesus’ life. A relationship with Jesus that helps us to know and to do God’s will is exactly what is needed today. Let’s pursue it today. Thanks for reading.
Dear God, I want to imitate Jesus. I desire to know you and to do your will. No longer will I live according to my own best thinking. I will see what you are doing in the world and join you in your work.