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MESSIAH OR REBEL?

UNDAILY Episode 87

On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus, the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. Finally, the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law — there is a curse on them.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.” Then they all went home


JOHN 7, 40-53 (NIV)

 

The scene from the seventh chapter of the Gospel according to Saint John unfolds during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. Jesus teaches in the temple, eliciting extreme reactions among those gathered. Some consider Him a prophet, others the Messiah, yet there are also voices doubting His messianic origin. For indeed, the Messiah cannot come from Galilee but must hail from Bethlehem, as the prophecies foretell. The skepticism of the scribes stems from incomplete knowledge about Jesus, who, although born in Bethlehem, was raised in Nazareth. Not everyone was aware of this or… chose to see it.


 

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