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Daily Devotion

A Deplorable Response To Christ

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READ:

John 7:40-53

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. 47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. 50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 53 And every man went unto his own house.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

EXHORTATION:

T

he words of Jesus produced a division among the people. So there ensued an argument as to whether or not He was the Christ. John reported the different responses of the people. Some said, “Of a truth this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” There were also some who wanted to physically abuse Him.

However, none could injure Him. The temple guards, who were sent to arrest Jesus, returned empty-handed. Their only excuse was that “never man spake like this man.” They were moved by the teachings of the Divine Teacher. This report enraged the Pharisees. They claimed that Jesus had even deceived their own police. Had any of the Sadducees or even the more orthodox Pharisees believed on Him?

But Jesus had one friend in court. It was Nicodemus. He raised a legal question about condemning Jesus without hearing Him. Whether or not he has already become a believer is not clear in this text. At least, we can say that he was a fair-minded seeker. But he was scorned for his advice. They challenged him to search and discover that no prophet came out of Galilee. But Christ was not from Galilee.

As a matter of fact, prejudice cannot be bothered with the facts. Neither will prejudice allow a man to see his own errors. Prejudice can only lead a man to greater evil and injury. Even in our churches, there are people who are prejudiced against our Lord’s wonderful truths. They have already judged His wisdom and principles to be too old-fashioned and irrelevant. Such people can only become more evil in their ways. Let us examine ourselves and see that we have no prejudice toward Christ and His truth.

THOUGHT:

Prejudice against Christ and His Word is destructive.

PRAYER:

May I not judge You, Lord, but may You judge me and lead me in Your good ways.