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Seeking Understanding Amidst Doubt

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 22, 2024 | John 7:25-31



KEY VERSE:

But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? John 7:26 (NKJV)


MESSAGE:

In our passage today, we witness a diverse array of responses to Jesus' teachings and identity. Some among the crowd express scepticism, questioning whether Jesus could truly be the Messiah. Others, however, are more open-minded, and willing to consider the evidence before them. Again, in this passage, we find a reflection of our faith journey, where doubt and uncertainty often accompany our quest for understanding.


Just as the crowd in John's account grappled with conflicting opinions about Jesus, we too may encounter doubt and scepticism along our spiritual journey. Yet, amidst the uncertainty, there is an invitation to seek deeper understanding. Instead of allowing doubt to paralyse us, we can use it as a catalyst for growth, prompting us to ask questions, explore Scripture, and engage in prayerful reflection.


Amid doubt, Jesus offers reassurance and clarity. He invites us to come to him with our questions and concerns, trusting that he will provide the answers we seek. Like the open-minded individuals in the crowd who were willing to consider the evidence, we are called to approach Jesus with humility and openness, allowing his truth to illuminate our hearts and minds. He will help us to navigate the complexities of faith. Let us remember that doubt is not a sign of weakness but an opportunity for deeper exploration and growth. We must approach Jesus with open hearts and minds, seek understanding amidst doubt, and trust in his wisdom to guide us on our faith journey.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Do you have questions about your faith which require urgent answers? Are there doubts in your mind concerning what to believe and what not to believe? Do you sometimes get confused about what the right way of living is? Explore deeper and get more intimate with God. He has all the answers you seek.


PRAYER:

Lord take me deeper, deeper in my walk with you and deeper into knowing you. Grant me the grace to build intimacy through your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: KNOW


The word "know" in John 7:26 (NKJV) is translated in the Greek text as "γινώσκετε" (ginōskete), which implies a deeper level of understanding or awareness. It suggests not just intellectual knowledge but personal, experiential knowledge that comes from a close relationship or interaction.


Jesus uses this word to challenge his audience to consider whether they truly understand who he is and where he comes from. He invites them to go beyond surface knowledge or assumptions and to seek a deeper understanding of his identity and mission. This verse encourages us to pursue a deeper knowledge of Jesus, not just as a historical figure or religious concept, but as the living Son of God who invites us into a relationship with him.


Reflections: How well do you know Jesus? Do we truly know him in a personal and intimate way, or is our knowledge of him merely superficial? Are we actively seeking to deepen our understanding of his teachings, his character, and his purposes for our lives?


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 22, 2024

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