Is He or Isn’t He? by Beata Gray
Is Jesus the Messiah, or isn’t he? It is time to make a choice. Do we let minor things like where He comes from cast doubt on our belief in our Lord? Or do we come to Him, come thirsting for a drink of His living water?
Often when people have a fear of something new, something not proven, something different from what they know, they find reasons to stay away, to not embrace. When we had our first Black president, did people argue about his ideology? His moral code? His political experience? No, what was constantly thrown out to take away from his legitimacy was, where was he born? He’s not a citizen; show us the proof of his birthplace!
It would have been so simple for the Pharisees and authorities to check and see that, in fact, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, as prophesied. Instead, they chose to turn away from the living water, away from Jesus.
Dear Lord, we are thirsty, we are parched, let us drink from the living water. “O let all who thirst, let them come to the water. And let all who have nothing, let them come to the Lord.” (Hymn: O Let All Who Thirst by John B Foley) Amen.
John 7: 37-52
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law – they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’