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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Is Jesus the Christ? John 7:25-35

          Previously, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, Sadducees and chief priests, but now He is talking to the crowd (people). The crowd was made up of believing Jews and gentile converts who had traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles combined with the Jewish believers who lived in Israel.
            At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? Here He is speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to Him. Have the authorities really concluded that He is the Christ?” John 7:25-26 The crowd obviously knew of the religious leaders hatred toward Jesus and their desire to kill Him. Now Jesus is standing right in front of these religious leaders and they are not saying a word! This confuses the crowd of Jewish believers. They think that perhaps the “authorities” have concluded that Jesus is the Christ. What further confuses the crowd is that they knew that Jesus came from Nazareth. The Jews thought that God’s Messenger would come suddenly and unexpectedly and no one would know where He is from. Malachi 3:1: “See I will send My messenger who will prepare the way before Me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to His temple; the messenger of the covenant whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. Jesus, God’s Messenger and carrier of the New Covenant, is standing in the court of the Temple just as God had said through the prophet Malachi.
            The crowd continues, “but we know where this man is from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from.” John 7:27 They thought they knew Jesus because they knew his physical home, but Jesus tells them that they do not know Him or His spiritual home. Then Jesus, still teaching in the Temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know Me, and you now where I am from. I am not here on My own, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.” John 7:28-29 Jesus who is all-knowing wants them to know His spiritual, heavenly origin. Jesus is telling them that He is sent by God, not by His own doing. He is the Sent One of God – the Supreme Apostle—the authorized Son of God who operates in the full power of God. Jesus is the Eternal One who existed with God and the Holy Spirit in glory before anything was created – the Great I Am. Jesus used “I am,” the name God revealed about Himself to Moses. (see Exodus 3:14)
           The fact that Jesus came in a flesh body did not diminish or change His divinity. He remained divine (holy) because He was without sin. His flesh did not make Him less than God. Jesus even in His flesh body operated under the full power of God because He is holy. “All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” Luke 10:22 Only the Father knows the Son in fullness because they are Divine and only the Son of God – Jesus – knows the Father wholly. Jesus is the One who reveals Truth. Jesus not only knows the heart of God, but also the hearts of humanity and wants to reveal the ways and will of the Father to us.
            When Jesus was praying for His disciples just before He was about to be arrested, judged and crucified, He said, “I have revealed you to those whom you gave Me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to Me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given Me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me. All I have is Yours and all You have is mine. And glory has come to Me through them." John 17:6-10  All that belongs to the Father belongs to the Son and vice versa. They are One.  Jesus says that because they believed in Him, accepted and obeyed His Word, they knew with certainty that He came from God and have brought Him glory.  In John 7, there was uncertainty and the crowd didn’t know Jesus, but now the disciples Jesus is praying for truly know Him. They have received His Word, believed it and obeyed it.

His Time Had Not Yet Come

            At this they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come. V30 They were powerless against Jesus until God’s timing. Many in the crowd put their faith in Jesus. Some still doubted and said, When the Christ comes, will He do more miraculous signs than this man?”
            The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about Him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest Him.  Notice they specified who sent for the temple guards who would arrest Jesus.
Jesus Speaks of His Death, Resurrection and Ascension
            Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the One who sent Me. You will look for Me but you will not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.” John 7:33-34 Jesus will return to His Heavenly Father. But first He must shed His blood and die for the sins of the whole world. Those who heard His words started questioning His words. “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find Him? Will He go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What did He mean when He said, “You will look for Me but you will not find Me, and “Where I am, you cannot come?” vv33-34 They are looking with “natural” eyes but Jesus is going to a spiritual place. The natural eye cannot see the spiritual unless Jesus and the Holy Spirit open our spiritual eyes.

  (Next week: Last Day of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Water Pouring Ceremony)

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