Wednesday 11 September, 2019
I am he (the Messiah)
“The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you—I am he’” (John 4:25-26, NIV).
In his Gospel account of Jesus Christ, John has been very particular about the identity of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Convinced of the man Jesus’ divinity, John starts the Gospel with a stunning disclosure: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2).
John wouldn’t like to beat around the bush. Having been with the Lord for three years, having heard him teach with authority, having seen him heal, John knew that Jesus was no ordinary man, he out rightly declared: Jesus is God, period.
Today, we look at one of the ‘I am’ statements of Jesus as we read Jesus declaring that he is the Messiah (John 4:26). After a very long dialogue with Jesus, the Samaritan woman who starts by first writing Jesus off as an ordinary Jew actually found she had a rare opportunity to be conversing with the Messiah she was anticipating. Jesus declared to her that he is the Messiah. The woman believed, ran to the villages, proclaimed the Messiah to her village mates who also flocked to see him.
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After hearing from the horse’s mouth, they confessed: “We no longer believe just because you of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world” (John 4:42). Hallelujah, Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one of God, the savior of the world. He saves by taking away the sin of world (John 1:29). As the Samaritan woman and later many other Samaritans believed, you too should believe and firmly stand on this teaching; Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
- Also read: Persecuted but not Abandoned
His (Jesus’) declaration, the testimony of the Samaritan woman and the affirmations of the Samaritans amounts to a witness beyond doubt that surely Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Let’s join them to declare and proclaim to everyone that Jesus is the Messiah, Savior of the world that through him and our proclamation of him the world may be saved.
Prayer: Save me O Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.