get your facts straight

John 7:40-44 (NLT)
40 When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.”43 So the crowd was divided about him. 44 Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.

Some of the crowd did not have their facts straight. They were dismissing Jesus because they thought he should have been born in Bethlehem... which he was. They didn't believe in him because they thought he should have been an ancestor of David... which he was. A bit of investigation would have cleared up the confusion. Instead, they based their opinions on what they thought, or what they have heard, and they walk away from Jesus.
How often do we do this? Almost everyone, christian and non-christian, has an opinion on Jesus, but what are those opinions based on? Usually it's something a parent said, or a snippet of a story remembered at Sunday school, or the opinion of someone on TV, or something that we'd like to be true. People are rejecting a Jesus that is nothing like the real Jesus. Let's get our facts straight. Read the gospels, let Jesus speak for himself