Monday, August 24, 2009
When Christ Comes
25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? 27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”
28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”
John 7:25-31, New King James Version
When Christ Comes
The debate was on! Was this man really the Christ? The people of Jerusalem were pondering this question. Here was the man whom the Jewish leaders were trying to kill. But, how could this man be the Christ? "We know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”
Jesus understood their thoughts. Look at His response.
“You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know."
That really was the issue, was it not? It was God they did not know, for if they knew God, they would have known Christ! Not everyone rejected Christ that day.
And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”
In our day, the debate still continues on. "Who was Jesus? Was he just a man, was he a great prophet, or was he truly God incarnate." Just as in the time when Christ walked on this earth, the real issue remains the same. Those who truly know God, know Christ, but those who do not know God do not know Christ.
What about the return of Christ? When Christ comes again, will we know who He is? That is the most important question for us to answer! Our very lives hinge upon our knowing Christ. Do we perceive Him as just a great man who walked on this earth, or do we truly know Him as our God and Savior, and have a personal relationship with Him? There are no gray areas here! To even believe He is God is not enough; the devils believe also and tremble. Only those who fall before Christ and accept Him as their only Savior, desiring to live in obedience to Him, truly know Him.
When Christ comes, let us be found ready!
God Bless You,