John 7:40–52 (ESV)
Division Among the People
When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes
from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been
deceived? 48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man
without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”
When people ask me where
I’m from, I usually say Texas. Houston, TX, is where I was born and raised for 18 years. During those same 18 years, I can claim that I am from Columbus, TX. We had a ranch in Columbus. But I could easily say I’m from: Austin,
TX; Waco, TX; Rowlett, TX; Fort Wayne, IN; or even my good ole home here in Shreveport, LA. Jesus can claim to be from multiple places as well. He was born in Bethlehem, but had to flee to Egypt. When he came back... he lived in Galilee.
Jesus has such authority and is garnered the attention of the people in such a powerful way... that they are trying to match up what the scriptures say about the Messiah to Jesus. The puzzle pieces are fitting, but it is a little confusing. Those
who believe him to be the Messiah see the pieces fitting together. To the Pharisees, they see confusion. You see division even among the Pharisees. Even Nicodemus steps back into the picture and defends Jesus. There is dissension among
the ranks. Houston... we have a problem! The problem is the Pharisees.
I pray: O Lord, you command such authority that there is no doubt that you are the Son of God. To those who rejected
you, even they could not explain away the miracles because they were very real and verifiable. The resurrection is final proof that you are the Messiah. Without the Resurrection, you are not the Messiah. Help those who we share the Word with
to see the pieces of the puzzle fall together. I pray that they come to realize your plan of Salvation is for them. Amen.