Who Is Jesus?


Since Jesus arrived on the scene as God incarnate, people have been asking Who is Jesus?One person answers that question one way while another says something else about who Jesus is. Still, another will have a different answer. All of us has an opinion about Who is Jesus? One cannot be confronted with The Lord and not face that question. Neither can one attempt to abstain or remain neutral. To not answer Who is Jesus is a denial to who He is.

In our text, John 7, today, Who is Jesus was the topic de jour. Let’s see.

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”

41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”

Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants 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.

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

46 No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.

47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have 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.”

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

In verses 40 and 41, we see people at that time in that place had differing opinions about Who is Jesus. Prophet and Messiah were the two responses to the question. Out of all the titles the people could have selected, the text tells us that Prophet and Messiah were chosen. Back in verse 14, we are told that this scene unfolds in the temple where Jesus went to teach. Jesus had already provided the answer to the question of Who is Jesus. Furthermore, In verse 16, Jesus tells them that His teaching is from God who sent Him. In saying so, Jesus declares to be God’s prophet. A true prophet served as the mouth piece of God. A prophet told people what God had  given him to say. This was Jesus’ declaration, and His actions aligned with that declaration. In verses 28-29, Jesus again claims to be from God and is the Messiah whom God had promised.

Throughout this text, the ignorance of the people surfaced despite Jesus telling them plainly Who is Jesus – that is who He was and why He came. They made more of where Jesus was from on earth than from where Jesus says He was from truly – God in heaven. By the time of verse 40, some had concluded that Jesus was a Prophet. Some concluded that He was the Messiah. Others had not concluded anything. Verse 43 states that “the people were divided because of Jesus.” Jesus affirms His position in dividing men over choosing Him or not in Matthew 10:34-36. Jesus says one must choose his response to Who is Jesus.

The question is still being debated today. By reading this post, I want you to answer the question that surfaced and will continue to surface. It surfaced again among the people and with The 12. In Matthew 16, Jesus asks The 12 Who do you say I am?

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

In response to Who is Jesus, Peter says, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus finalizes Peter’s response while definitively proclaiming the truth about Who is Jesus. Jesus tells Peter that no man revealed that to him, but it was revealed to him by His (my) Father in heaven. This is just as Jesus said in John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.

The question remains the same Who is Jesus. In fact, Jesus asks Who do you say I am?Do you believe that Jesus is Prophet, Messiah, and Son of the Living God? Your conclusion means everything. If you aren’t sure, ask God to reveal it to you or are you like those in John 7 who were really not interested in following Jesus in truth.

 

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