When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ v 40, 41
The crowd was asking about Jesus. As a result, some believed, others were hostile, and others disqualified Jesus as the Messiah, because he was from Nazareth, not Bethlehem. But he was born in Bethlehem, just grew up in Nazareth. If they had looked more carefully, they would not have jumped to the wrong conclusions. This Christmas, let’s not jump to the conclusion that we know the truth about the nativity. Let us allow the gentle Spirit to illuminate a star and reveal the infant lying in a manger.
Amid the clamour of shopping, let us pause to remember the cry of a new-born infant, who is truth and called Jesus. Amen