A recurring New Testament theme begins to come up in this chapter of John. What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say He is?
Jesus and His followers were in Galilee. He knew the Jewish leaders were plotting against him so he wanted to stay out of Judea during the festival of booths, but his followers wanted him to go with him. They wanted to show Him off to the crowds, make him popular amongst the people, and his own brothers were still skeptics, so they wanted to see more.
He encouraged them to go, but then reminded them it was not the right time for Him to go. He tells them the world can’t hate them, but they hate Jesus because he accuses the world of evil. So he remained in Galilee for a while longer.
After they left he waited a while and then secretly went to the festival and overheard people grumbling about Him.
Some stated he was a good man, others called him a fraud and a deceiver. No one had the courage to speak favorably about Him in public, because they were afraid of getting in trouble from the Jewish leaders.
Midway through the festival He began to teach. People were surprised with how much He knew when He hadn’t been officially trained. He affirms His message is from God who sent Him. He says, “Anyone who wants to know the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent Him speaks truth not lies. Moses gave you the law, but you don’t obey it. You are trying to kill me.” John 7:17-19
They accused Him of being demon possessed and asked “Who is trying to kill you?” He called them out on their hypocrisy of accusing Him of breaking the Sabbath by healing on that day when they circumcise babies on the eighth day even if it fell on the Sabbath. He wondered aloud why they were so angry with Him.
People began to wonder if He was really the Messiah because He wasn’t getting arrested.
But the leaders misunderstood the prophesy and said, “When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.” John 7:27
Wrong belief led to wrong behavior and judgment.
Once again Jesus says “I am not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. But I know Him because I come from Him, and He sent me to you.” John 7:28-29 Then they tried to arrest Jesus, but couldn’t because His time had not yet come.
See you tomorrow for day 14.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,