What Jesus Did! 'Who Do You Say Jesus Is?' — John 7:40-44

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The people heard these things that Jesus said. Some of the people said, "This man really is the Prophet." Other people said, "He is the Christ." Other people said, "The Christ will not come from Galilee. The Scriptures say that the Christ will come from the family of David. And the Scriptures say that the Christ will come from Bethlehem, the town where David lived." So the people did not agree with each other about Jesus. Some of the people wanted to arrest Jesus. But no person tried to do this.
— John 7:40-44 NLT
Illustration of John 7:40-44 NLT — "This man really is the Prophet."

Key Thought

Who do you say Jesus is? Is he prophet, king, teacher, messiah, lord, master, imposter, pretender, fake, charlatan, deceiver? So often others try to make their decisions on improper information. They think they know because they have heard about him at a church or read about him in a magazine or have been told by someone else. The real issue, however, is whether or not each of us has personally gone on a quest to discover Jesus. As you read the Gospel of John this year, also try to read the other three Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Ask God to help you meet Jesus for who he really is. The most important question any of us will ever answer is this: "Who do you say Jesus is?"

Today's Prayer

O God, Almighty and Everlasting, please reveal Jesus to me so that I can know him personally and follow him passionately. I don't just want to know him by reputation or report, but from personal knowledge and experience. Please reveal your Son to me and in me as I seek to know him better. It is in his name, Jesus the Christ, that I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 16:13-17
  • Matthew 2:1-12
  • John 8:23-24


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.