Wit 'n Wisdom of Janice LaQuiere

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Promised Messiah

John 5:17-41

Yesterday I watched The Gospel of John. I find that hearing/seeing the Bible in a different media format inspires me to see scripture in a different light.

As I was watching Jesus argue with the Jewish leaders it came to me that the Jewish people were looking for a promised messiah on the order of King David, Elijah, or one of the other prophets. In my recollection the Old Testament doesn't state (clearly) that the Messiah would be God in human form.

When Jesus came claiming He was the Messiah AND the Son of God who is Himself God, He not only was thought of as a liar, but worse in the eyes of the Jewish people His claim violated the 1st commandment. I suddenly had a clearer understanding of the attitudes that prevailed, and greater understanding into Jesus' words. Such as:

And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

Luke 20:42-44 (From PS. 110:1)

This is the root problem behind many who are unwilling to accept the truth of the Trinity. For if you are unwilling to accept the Jesus you are denying the witness of the Father.

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 5:26

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6


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