The Bible asserts in John 7:27 that when the Christ (Messiah) comes, no man knows whence He is. In other words, no one will know where the Messiah comes from. The argument that those who did not believe in Jesus then was that since the Scriptures state that no man knows where the Messiah will be from, Jesus, a prophet from Nazareth out of Galilee could not possibly be the Messiah.
Jesus’ clarifies this objection by loudly proclaiming (the Scripture actually renders this as Jesus cried) that though you may think that my origin is from Galilee (for Nicodemus later discounts that nothing good can come out of Galilee), my origin in reality is from God Himself, THE ONE who sent Him. (John 7:28-29)
Why is this significant? There are a few reasons why it is vital to understand the origin of Jesus.
- If one knows where Jesus came from, they would know who sent Him as well. In other words, acknowledging that Jesus is God made manifest in the flesh sent by God the Father, would require one to know who God the Father is as well. The Jews took pride in their Abrahamic heritage but failed to recognize the God the Father of father Abraham, who sent His Son, in the persona of Jesus Christ.
- By knowing where Jesus is from, will provide insight into who He really is. Jesus’ origin was from God, the Father. The word for God in the book of Genesis during the creation of the world is Elohim, which interestingly is plural. Jesus has no origin for He exists from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2). He had His birth in Bethlehem but not His beginning. Jesus was in the beginning, with God (the Father and Spirit), and was God (John 1:1). It was God the Father who had sent Him (John 7:29).
The first time, Jesus the Messiah came, men failed to recognize where He was from. My prayer is that when He returns the second time, people don’t continue to fail to recognize where Jesus is from. For when one knows where He is from, they will know who He really is. The ONE God from everlasting to everlasting.
John 7:27-29 (KJV)
27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
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