When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and
comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among
the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
Many who encountered Jesus found it impossible to remain neutral about Him. Today
everyone has their own idea about Jesus. Some of these ideas are based on what others
have said and some of them are their own thoughts. What is your public stand on Jesus?
A U.S. congressman, John Lewis, was 23 years old when he participated in the historic
1963 civil rights “March on Washington” led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Half a
century later, journalist Bill Moyers asked Lewis how he was affected by Dr. King’s ‘I
Have A Dream’ speech that day. Mr. Lewis replied, “You couldn’t leave after hearing him
speak and go back to business as usual. You had to do something, you had to act. You
had to move. You had to go out and spread the good news.”
Many who encountered Jesus found it impossible to remain neutral about Him. People
had two reactions to Jesus. Some refused to acknowledge His deity, but others believed
and were ready to follow Jesus. The words of Jesus compel us to act, and to move,
beyond business as usual. When you heard Jesus, you were compelled to go out and
spread the good news. It is very difficult to remain neutral on Jesus. Where do you stand
on Jesus? Have you given up and surrendered to Jesus in your heart and soul?
There are many in our culture who are impressed with Jesus’ eloquence or His wisdom.
They think He was a great man and a brilliant religious teacher. But they don’t see Him
as the eternal Word of God in human flesh and so they don’t believe in Him as their
Savior and Lord. Out of fear of what others may think, they don’t take a bold public
stand of faith in Christ. No man ever spoke like this man. He is true. He is who he said
he was. But don’t leave it at that. Come, eat, drink, trust, find in him eternal joy.
So, what stand will you take on Jesus? Is He truly the Christ for you? Or will you straddle
the fence? What is your stand? It will surely make the difference as to where you spend
Pray for clarity this morning. Pray for courage to take a stand for Jesus. Pray for
opportunities today to share your stand with others. Pray for your friends and family to
take a stand for Jesus. Pray for NewLife to be bold in taking a stand for Jesus.