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Who is He? - Identity Confusion, Part 1

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 27, 2024 | John 7:40-44



KEY VERSE:

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” John 7:40 (NKJV)


MESSAGE:

From today’s devotional text, we witness a crowd with different views on who Jesus is and the divided opinions among the people regarding Jesus' identity. Some are convinced that he is the long-awaited Messiah, while others remain sceptical, debating whether he could truly be the chosen one. In this passage, we are confronted with the crucial question: Who is Jesus?


This question echoes through the ages, challenging us to grapple with the significance of Jesus' life, teachings, and claims. Like the people in the crowd, we may find ourselves wrestling with doubt and uncertainty about who Jesus is. Yet, in the midst of our questions, Jesus stands before us, inviting us to seek and discover the truth about his identity.


We encounter various interpretations and opinions about Jesus as we journey through life. Some see him as a great teacher or moral example, while others acknowledge him as the Son of God and Saviour of the world. Ultimately, our understanding of Jesus shapes our beliefs, values, and decisions, influencing every aspect of our lives.


In the midst of conflicting views about Jesus, let us turn to Scripture—the living Word of God—for guidance and revelation. Through prayerful study and reflection, may we know Jesus more deeply and intimately, allowing his truth to illuminate our minds and hearts. And as we seek to answer the question "Who is he?" may our lives witness the reality of Jesus' identity as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Know Jesus for yourself by cultivating an intimate relationship with Him. Be intentional about getting to know Him more through the study of His word. Seek Him through prayer and have a personal revelation of Him.


PRAYER:

Show me Lord, the path to finding you. Guide me to know you more and more each day. Reveal to me the captivating glory and beauty of your presence. That I may forever walk with you in the fellowship of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: PROPHET The Greek word for "prophet" is προφήτης (prophētēs), derived from the root word προφήτης (prophētēs), which means "to speak forth" or "to proclaim." In the New Testament, this term is used to denote someone who speaks on behalf of God, often conveying divine messages, foretelling future events, or calling people to repentance.


The crowds' recognition of Jesus as the prophet reveals their acknowledgement of His authority and divine commission to reveal God's will to humanity. Jesus as the ultimate Prophet, surpasses all previous prophets in both authority and revelation. While the prophets of old spoke God's word, Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14), embodying divine truth and salvation for all who believe in him. Through his life, teachings, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfils the prophetic promises of the Old Testament and establishes a new covenant between God and humanity. As believers, we are called to heed his words, follow his example, and proclaim his message of salvation to the world. Reflections: How does recognizing Jesus as a prophet impact your understanding of his teachings and the significance of his ministry?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 27, 2024

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