Welcome to our online Bible study on John!
— Read: John 7:1-36 —
My email pings with a notification.
A friend of a friend — someone I’ve heard spoken of highly — would like to meet. We’re going to be at the same women’s event a few months later, and she wants to have coffee.
I’m looking forward to meeting her. I’ve heard such nice things about this person. We have several mutual friends. But months later, as I stand at the entrance to the hotel restaurant, I realize that I don’t know what she looks like. I know her name. I know about her. But I won’t be able to recognize her when she enters the room.
How will we find each other? Does she know what I look like?
In today’s reading, the Jews are discussing among themselves what the Messiah will look like. And they’re quite sure the Messiah will come from an unknown place. But Jesus is from Nazareth. They know Him, and they know where He’s from. Surely He couldn’t be the Messiah!
“We know where this man [Jesus] is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from.” (John 7:27)
The people were so convinced they’d be able to recognize the Messiah. But Jesus wasn’t the kind of Messiah they were expecting. And many of the people overlooked Him.
This is why it’s so important we read through the Gospels at least once a year. Because the Gospels tell us about Jesus.
The more we know Him, the more we’ll become like Him, and the more others will be able to recognize Him in us.
That day at the restaurant, I was grateful when the woman recognized me. We enjoyed a fun breakfast and a great conversation together. And now that I know her, I never need to worry again that I won’t recognize her the next time we meet!
— Diving Deeper —
How would you describe Jesus
to someone who hasn’t met Him yet?
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