The Christ (Jn 7:41-7:41)

“Others said.

‘This is the Christ,

The Messiah.’

But some said.

‘Is the Christ,

The Messiah,

To come

From Galilee?’”

ἄλλοι ἔλεγον Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός· οἱ δὲ ἔλεγον Μὴ γὰρ ἐκ τῆς Γαλιλαίας ὁ Χριστὸς ἔρχεται;

John uniquely indicated that others (ἄλλοι) in this Jerusalem crowd in the Temple said (ἔλεγον) that Jesus was the Christ (Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός), the Messiah.  However, there were some others who asked (οἱ δὲ ἔλεγον) how could this Christ, Messiah, come (ὁ Χριστὸς ἔρχεται) from Galilee (Μὴ γὰρ ἐκ τῆς Γαλιλαίας)?  There was a whole tradition that the Hebrew Messiah would be from the line of David, in Judea, not someone from northern Israel in Galilee.  However, John indicated that some in this crowd were willing to accept Jesus as the Christ Messiah, more than just a mere prophet.  Do you believe that Jesus was and is the Christ, the anointed savior of the Israelites?

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