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Greater than the Human Eye can See

John 7:25-31
At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ? But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no-one will know where he is from." Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me." At this they tried to seize him, but no-one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?" (NIV)

They did not know what to make of Jesus. Nothing seemed to add up. The religious leaders were known to have issued an arrest warrant for Him, but they did not dare to seize Him in the temple or preaching publicly. Perhaps they had changed their opinion. But if He was the Christ (Messiah), they believed that He would be previously unknown and come in a surprising way. So they dismissed that possibility, because they assumed He came from Nazareth: they did not know about His Bethlehem entrance into the world, and His pre-existence with the Father in heaven.

But when Jesus tried to tell the crowd about His intimate relationship with Father God, and that they had no real relationship with Him, some of them became very angry and rushed to grab Him. However they were supernaturally restrained and could not even touch Him although He was so close. Yet, at the same time, others believed in Him - His miracles were enough to prove that He was no ordinary man, but the Holy One from God.

Perhaps, if we had been there, we might also have been confused. If we were holding the reins of religious power, we might also have defended our position against Jesus. Unless we wanted God's way and not our own, we would be blind; unable to see the identity and heavenly pre-existence of Jesus. But if we were praying for the Christ to come, longing to see God's Saviour, then Jesus would have exceeded all our expectations. It is the same today. That is why it is essential that we share who Jesus is and where He came from. Some will become angry or may ridicule us; but others will believe and put their trust in Him. He is far greater than the limits of human understanding, and when we know we need more than ourselves - then He is the only answer.

Loving Father. Thank You for sending Jesus to be my Saviour. I am glad that He is so much greater than I can imagine; and His wisdom, power and authority exceeds my understanding. I know that I am totally safe as I trust Him. But I repent of the times when I have rejected His wisdom and preferred my way to His. Please forgive me for such foolishness, choosing my own weakness rather than trusting in His strength. Please help me to learn to commit myself to Him even though I cannot imagine how great He is. Help me to explain to my family, friends and colleagues who Jesus is, where He has come from and why He came; praying that they will also want to trust Him. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams