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Could This Be Christ?

Written by: Janise Anderson


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Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ."

- John 7:40 (NKJV)


“Could this be the Christ?” they asked one another, but no one seemed to know for sure.


Although they saw His many signs and wonders, they argued that surely Jesus could not be the Messiah. How could He? They knew His family and where He came from.


They said, “We know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”


But the truth was, while they knew who His earthly family was, they didn’t know who His Heavenly Father was.


Jesus’s authority came from above, from the One who sent Him. Jesus referred to eternal things while many of those who listened kept their eyes fixed on earthly things. But Jesus wants us to look beyond just the earthly things. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (NKJV).


Jesus knew that soon He would return to the One who sent Him; He would go to a place they cannot follow.


In John 7:33-34, Jesus said, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come” (NKJV).


Those who heard this were confused. They did not understand what Jesus meant. They wondered if He would leave them to go teach the Greeks.


But Jesus was once again speaking of the eternal and the Heavenly.


Often, like the Jews listening to Jesus, we only see what is directly in front of us. We measure our days and find only the earthly value of them. We pour our time and effort into things that are purposeful but that will not last for eternity.


In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus warned us not to lay up our treasure on earth. He said, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (NKJV).


When we remember who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we view things differently, even if we cannot always understand what is happening around us or the reasons why.


Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (NKJV).


God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. He always has a plan in motion, even if we do not understand what it is yet. We must learn to submit to His authority and allow Him to work through us. Only then will we live with our focus on the eternal.


Reflection

1. Where are you storing your treasure? Are you daily choosing to value the eternal over the temporal?

2. Have you read through Jesus’ story and come to realize that He is indeed the Christ? If you want to know more about this or are interested in starting a relationship with God, I invite you to check out Lane of Roses’ Emoji Gospel.


Prayer

Jesus, help us to remember who You are and what You have done for us. You have the authority over us and over this world. Help us to willingly serve You with our time. Help us to live lives that are focused on the eternal, not on the earthly. We love You. Teach us to love You more, amen.



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