Rebuilding My Devotional Life in Christ Jesus
25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?…..32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him…..45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” 46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
(John 7: 25-26, 32, 45-46 NKJV)
THE BOLDNESS OF CHRIST
The backdrop of the scripture is Jesus teaching in a temple and making statements about his message and purpose. This causes the crowd to comment on his boldness in the face of persecution and threat of death. The religious leaders send officers to capture Jesus but they fail to do so. His boldness in who he was and what he was sent to do changes their perception and renders them defenseless. In Mark 1:22, Jesus is observed as one who teaches with authority unlike the teachers of the law of Moses. One reason for this was Jesus’ understanding of who He was.
In Luke 2:41-52, we see how Jesus at age 12, stayed behind in Jerusalem, listening to the teachers of the law and posing questions to them. When his parents found him and questioned his actions, he replied saying 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”. Even at that age, Christ was very conscious of his true identity. As believers, we are the sons and daughters of God. We are born again and part of His family. We are more than conquerors and have overcome the world. It is so important for us as believers to be aware of who we are and draw boldness from that. In doing so, we will be able to face the issues of life with that consciousness. We will know when the enemy tries to trick us into settling for less than our station as he unfortunately succeeded in doing in the garden of Eden. Let our boldness be rooted in who we are and whose we are!
Father God, thank you for saving me and changing my spiritual station. Thank you for seating me with you in Christ and making me a champion. Help me to stand tall in my identity in you and even know more of who you have made me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.