Dear “star” gazers,
Have you ever been anywhere when suddenly a car pulls up and some important looking people get out? You wonder who in the world they are. You come up with all sorts of ideas on who they might be and what they might be doing, but you do not know for sure. Then you find someone in the crowd that knows what is going on, and they let you in on who it is. It would be kind of fun, to rent a limousine with some other people, get all dressed up and pull up to some event and get out and walk around like you know what you are doing. (Let me know if anybody wants to go in on the rental) See how many heads would turn. Jesus turned heads all the time.
John 7 is filled with questions by many of who is this Jesus? Many had differing thoughts. Some were misguided because they did not have their facts straight, and did not know their Scriptures well. Listen to some of their comments:
John 7:3-5 (NIV)
Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.
4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”
5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.John 7:11 (NIV)
11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, “Where is that man?”
John 7:12 (NIV)
12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”
Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.”
John 7:15 (NIV)
The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?”
John 7:20 (NIV)
20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”
John 7:26-27 (NIV)
26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ?
27 But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
John 7:31 (NIV)
31 Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?”
John 7:35 (NIV)
35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
John 7:40-44 (NIV)
On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee?
42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”
43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
John 7:46 (NIV)
46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared.
John 7:47-49 (NIV)
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted.
48 “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law–there is a curse on them.”
John 7:52 (NIV)
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
A great question we should be asking others is, “Who is Jesus to you?” (First answer it yourself!) What we do with Jesus determines whether we spend eternity in heaven or hell. It doesn’t matter what people think of you or me, whether we get out of a limo or not. Receiving you or me makes no difference in their eternal destiny. Do you or I or they accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Jesus as Savior, Jesus as the One who died for our wickedness(mine too), Jesus as the One who was buried, Jesus as the One who rose again from the dead, Jesus as the One who now gives Life to all who turn from their sin and trust in Him alone?
Who is Jesus to you?
What are you going to do with Him today?
Will He be seen in you today, so that others will say, “Who is this Jesus?” Then you can have the pleasure of sharing the Way, the Truth and the Life with them.
Jesus didn’t need a limo. He used a donkey at one point. You do not need a limo either. In Christ, you are indwelt by God Himself. Let Jesus be seen today!
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