Thursday, October 20, 2011

John 7:25-27. Interpreting prophesy

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 Messiah? But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”

There seems to have been genuine confusion among the people of Jerusalem about Jesus. Were the authorities trying to kill Jesus or not? Had they accepted him as the Messiah? His apparent origin in Nazareth seemed to be against that and he didn't fit with their preconceptions about how the Messiah would appear.

There is a preacher somewhere out west who tells us the world will end on Friday. He's not got a very good track record - he has already been wrong twice. Down through the ages there have been many amateur experts who have tried to interpret Biblical prophesy. I don't try. Prophesy is easy to interpret after the event but I am content that Jesus will return like a thief in the night, so like the wise virgins we must always be ready for the bridegroom.

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