Saturday 20 March 2021

Who on earth


Several people who had been listening to Jesus said, ‘Surely he must be the prophet’, and some said, ‘He is the Christ’, but others said, ‘Would the Christ be from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from the town of Bethlehem?’ So the people could not agree about him. Some would have liked to arrest him, but no one actually laid hands on him.

From JOHN 7:40-52


So many things in recent times have created quite a divided society, the Brexit situation being one example. When a debate is so polarised there can be quite a distance between opposing views, and there seems to be no room for manoeuvre.

Jesus divided people. There were those who believed he was the promised Messiah and others whose own insecurities led them to plot his downfall. And in between were all kinds of opinions, beliefs and theories. “The people could not agree about him.” Who on earth is Jesus?

Today, things are no different. Whilst there are many people who proclaim Jesus as their saviour, others so easily dismiss him or are aloof to him, or even antagonistic. Some may have a rather casual relationship, believing in him but not really allowing that faith to have an impact on their lives. If we’re honest, perhaps even those of us who claim Jesus to be the Christ, God the Son, and our Lord and Saviour may easily move through all those responses in different stages of our life. But time and time again we can and do return to him, as we grow deeper in our understanding, in our love and in our faith.


God our Father, may our words and actions reveal Christ to others. May we remain faithful to him and listen to his voice. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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