Today's reading: John 7-9
"Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?" John 7: 42 NRSV
Who is this Jesus fellow, anyway?
Is he a prophet?
Perhaps the Messiah?
He couldn't be the Messiah or the Christ. Scripture says the Messiah will be David's descendant. The Messiah is supposed to be born in the small village of Bethlehem where David came from. This guy hails from Galilee.
The crowds convince themselves that Jesus is not the Christ. Some want to arrest him while others want to crown him. No one is sure who he is. He speaks of living water and eternal life -- both are spoken with authority.
Who is Jesus in your life?
Is he more of a prophet? A wise sage?
Is he your savior but after that you haven't had much of a relationship with him at all?
Do his words anger you? Or give you peace?
Does what he did for you leave you wondering about the God who sent him in the first place?
God, who is this Jesus for me? May he be alive in each one of us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims