Yet, look! He’s speaking publicly and they’re saying nothing to Him. Can it be true that the authorities know He is the Messiah? But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from.” John 7: 26-27 HCSB
The people argued about whether Jesus was the promised Messiah. Some believed and some did not. Some mistakenly thought that the Messiah would mysteriously arrive in the world and no one would know His origin, but this idea cannot be supported in the Old Testament. Since many knew where Jesus came from, they did not believe He was the promised Messiah.
The Hebrew word, “Messiah,” means “anointed one.” In Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in Samaria, Jesus clearly stated that He was the promised Messiah. In Mark 8, Peter announced that Jesus was the Messiah. Many believed that the Messiah would be a political or military leader who would liberate the Jews from the Roman rule, but Jesus came as the suffering Servant of God.
Challenge: Do not doubt. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah. He is the “Lamb of God” who shed His blood on the cross as an atonement for the sins of the world. Believe in Him and accept Him as your personal Savior and Lord.