The Pharisees questioned the legitimacy of Jesus because He came from Galilee. How mistaken they were, because Isaiah specifically mentions Galilee in the great Messianic prophecy that we find in Isaiah 9:1-2.
Contrast this attitude of the Pharisees with that of Peter in the following passage:
He (Jesus) said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
It is important for everyone of us to answer this 2000-year-old question: Is this Jesus the Messiah? Is He the Promised One who was sent to deliver His people (the Jews first and also the Gentiles) from their sins and from the anger of a holy God?
Who is Jesus to us? Whether Jew or Gentile, how we answer this question determines our eternal destiny.
While I put this song together, I think I felt some of the excitement that some Jews of Jesus’ day must have felt, when it dawned on them that this Jesus was indeed the Messiah about whom the prophets had foretold.
“Out of Galilee, can Christ come? Search and see, for no prophet has arisen from that town.”
“In the past humbled He
In the future He will honour Galilee!
By the way of the sea,
By the Jordon,”
—So Isaiah said;
“They who walked in the darkness
Have seen a great light,
Overcoming the shadow of death.”
“MESSIAH JESUS, SON OF THE LIVING GOD”
The Father showed us—not flesh and blood.
Blessed are our ears and eyes
For they both hear and see
What numerous prophets longed
That they may see.
In Jesus began the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies of old and in Him shall they be completely fulfilled. He came for the lost sheep of Israel. But the promise is not only to them but to all who call on Jesus’ Name, for in Him shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Words: Nahomi Dhinakar
Scripture texts: John 7:52, Matt 4:13-16, Matt 16:15-17, Matt 13:16,17, and Isaiah 9:1-2,
Uses popular Maori tunes—Hoki Mai and Pokarekare Ana