We have found the Messiah


The Gospel according to John opens with the affirmation of Jesus' divinity and incarnation giving us a complete picture of the execution of the plan of redemption coupled with the privilege for humanity to be part of the heavenly royalty if they so choose to. The narrative switches to the work of John the Baptist and the Pharisees who were questioning his credentials. His answer "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias," should have settled it but they still did not get it. By referring to what Esaias had prophesied and given the stance of the Pharisees as regards the Scriptures it should have been very straightforward to them and should not have a had a problem with who Jesus was and should have been elated now that the very prophecies that they had been reading of was being fulfilled. If their expectation was to see the Christ, that was settled the following day when John the Baptist pointed out Christ from the crowd and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The confession of John the Baptist and pointing Christ to them should have sufficed feedback to the Jews and Levites in Jerusalem who had sent them. But they stilled failed to accept both what they had heard and seen, if what the prophecies they had been studying was anything to go by.


The revelation of John the Baptist had a different effect on others present in the same congregation. John's disciples were so elated at the privilege of having the prophecies being fulfilled right before their eyes. Having been studying the prophecies and looking forward to their fulfilment, the preaching of John resonated with their hearts and they had a burning desire to find out more from the Messiah that had just been introduced to them. To their inquest came the invitation to tarry with the Messiah and in the ensuing interaction they came to know more about Him. "Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour." (John 1:38-39). From the interaction they confirmed prophecies and the following day, Andrew one of the two who had spent some quality time with Christ sought his brother and the very first he reported was "We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.


This brief account depict two diverse categories of students of prophecy. Inasmuch as they were both looking forward to its fulfilment, they had different expectation in terms of reality of the actual fulfilment. Several factors may explain this. First, they must have had prejudiced minds. The answer of John the Baptist should have made it clear to them that the prophecies were being fulfilled right before their eyes and they shuld have been excited that the Messiah that they had been waiting for was right in their midst more so not long after He was singled out from the crowd and referred to as the "Lamb of God" a statement which a student of the prophecies should have no problem whatsoever understanding.
Secondly prejudice can bind you to the status quo and you end up missing the opportunity to transition to the next level or state or from one dispensation to another and therefore fail to comprehend the import of what is going on around you and thus remain stagnant spiritually. The two classes were studying the prophecies and were awaiting its fulfilment with much expectation. What kept them going was much to do with the freedom from Roman rule and the restoration of the nation of Israel to its former prideful status. But because the Pharisees and the leaders in Jerusalem were not seeing how that would be made possible by someone who came from an obscure town (John 1:46), let alone the state of the one who heralded his coming or prepared His way. It is unfortunate that they were unable to transition from the expectation of prophetic promise to the reality of its fulfilment.


Thirdly, it is imperative that one reads the Scriptures with an open mind and a receptive spirit and be willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit so as to be able to appreciate the truths presented therein and its fulfilment at the right time. The fact that the group sent from Jerusalem were unable to comprehend the import of the Baptist's words tell a lot about their perception. They were rigid and unwilling to yield to the bidding of the Holy Spirit, had that been the case , probably the Biblical narrative of the life of Jesus would have been very different from what we now read, one of sustained resistance from the Jewish elite of Christ and His ministry. Since they had a lot of influence over the people they are as much to blame as are their subjects for failure to yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit.


Lastly, humility is a very important virtue that every student of prophecy should have so as to be in position to receive the Word and accept to be transformed by its power.


Stephen Sisei

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