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When the Christ Comes

 Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 23, 2024 | John 7:25-31


 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 7:31 (NKJV)


In John 7:25-31, we find a scene where the people are inquisitive and divided about Jesus' identity. Some wonder if he could indeed be the long-awaited Messiah, while others question his origins and credentials. This passage invites us to reflect on our own expectations and understanding of Christ's coming into our lives.


The anticipation of the arrival of the Messiah was deeply ingrained in the hearts of the Jewish people. They longed for a saviour who would deliver them from oppression and establish God's kingdom on earth. Similarly, we often have preconceived notions about how Christ should manifest in our lives—perhaps through dramatic interventions or miraculous signs.


Yet, Jesus often defies our expectations. He doesn't always come in the ways we anticipate or fulfil the roles we assign to him. Instead, he meets us in the ordinary moments of life, offering grace, love, and redemption. In the midst of our doubts and uncertainties, Jesus invites us to recognise his presence and work in the world, even when it doesn't align with our expectations.

He may come to us in various ways; whether through moments of joy or times of trial, may we have eyes to see and hearts to embrace the presence of the living Christ in our midst.



Remain open to how Christ may come to you. Release your expectations and surrender to the mystery of God's unfolding plan, trust that when The Christ comes, he brings abundant life and hope beyond your imagination.



Dear heavenly father, may I not limit how your grace and mercy will be expressed in my life. Please help me by your Spirit, to always be expectant to receive your divine presence. May I not miss my hour of visitation. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.





DAILY word study: THE CHRIST

The Greek word used here for "Christ" is "Χριστός" (Christos), which means "anointed one" and is equivalent to the Hebrew word "Messiah."

This verse reflects the diverse opinions among the people regarding Jesus' identity. Some believed that he was indeed the long-awaited Messiah, while others doubted or rejected this claim. The mention of "the Christ" highlights the Messianic expectations prevalent among the Jewish community at that time and the significance of Jesus' role in fulfilling these expectations.


Do we acknowledge him as the Christ, the one who came to save us from sin and bring redemption to the world? Our understanding of Jesus' identity shapes our faith and relationship with him, prompting us to consider whether we truly believe in him as the fulfilment of God's promises.


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 23, 2024

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