- John 7:25-30
- John 7:25 (KJB)
- Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to
- Here we have some of the residents of Jerusalem revealing the fact that
there is an actual plot to kill Jesus. It is possible that rewards were
being offered for information leading to the location of Jesus. Remember
Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver, so remuneration was definitely not out
of the picture. The people were confused, the leaders wanted to kill Jesus
and all of a sudden He shows up in the temple teaching publicly. It seems
these people knew the mindset of their rulers in that they would dispose of
anyone that threatened their large income and lavish lifestyle. Would you
listen to a preacher expound the Scriptures to you knowing that they have
- John 7:26 (KJB)
- But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto
him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
- Lo - To see or perceive, to look to gain attention
- Boldly - Frankly, fearlessly, courage
- Indeed - Truly, really, or certainly
- The people were perplexed because on the one hand the word went out that
they wanted to kill Jesus and then on the other hand He is in the Temple
untouched. What we see here is definitely a question of timing because the
time of Jesus to be crucified was not yet. The question then circulated
concerning as to whether the rulers truly knew if Jesus was the Messiah.
This would have confused the people because if you are looking for someone
for the purpose of killing them and then all of a sudden He shows up at the
Temple and no one is seizing Him. I am sure this was a great subject of
conversation among the people.
- John 7:27 (KJB)
- Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no
man knoweth whence he is.
- Whence - From what place he comes from or what origin
- First of all the people who asked the question in the last verse was now
answering it themselves. They knew that Jesus was born in Bethlehem but He
grew up in Nazareth. Nazareth was a scorned town and no one could ever
believe that the Messiah would come from there. They then reasoned that when
the Messiah does come, no one will know from where he came. The strange
thing was that this was an intentional rejection of Christ. They knew that
He would be born of the lineage of David and that He would be born in
Bethlehem. (Mal 3:1 KJV) Behold, I will
send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord,
whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of
hosts. In Malachi 3:1, we saw John the Baptist as
the fulfillment of the messenger who would precede the coming of the Lord.
Here in John 7:27, Jesus shows up suddenly and without warning in the Temple
and starts teaching. The fact that these people did not know enough to
compare the events in the life of Jesus and the prophecy in Scripture shows
how far they strayed from understanding the Hebrew Scriptures. This is the
result of following false teaching.
- John 7:28 (KJB)
- Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know
me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent
me is true, whom ye know not.
- Cried - To utter in a loud voice or to call in vehemence
- Jesus is telling them that they do know Him and where He is from, but
that is not the major issue because right on the heels of that He reaffirms
that He is divine. The Jews had focused only on the fact that He was from
Nazareth and did not go beyond that fact. Jesus then continues in His
discourse that the place of His earthly origin is inconsequential but what
is significant is that He was sent By God the Father and His witness is
true, especially the witness of Jesus being His only begotten Son, which was
evidenced at His baptism by John. Then Jesus lays an indictment upon them
that they do not know the Father. This is also an indictment upon all
religions that reject Christ as the Mediator. (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me. No one on this earth can approach
the Father without the Lord Jesus Christ. This means the Jews believe today
that they are still going to the Father, when, because of their rejection of
Christ, do not have the Father. They are still in a dead religion which will
lead them to Hell. This is not only true for Judaism, but for other
religions like Buddhism, Islam, Shintoism, Hinduism, New Age, and others.
Without Christ there is no salvation, no matter what works you think you are
doing that pleases God. (John 6:29 KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe
on him whom he hath sent. The work of God is to
believe on Christ through salvation in Christ and then comes good works
which God will give.
- John 7:29 (KJB)
- But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
- Jesus begins this verse with a conjunction after He lays down an eternal
indictment that they do not know the Father. Jesus states that He knows the
Father and the reason He does is because He came from the presence of the
Father in Heaven. It does not matter how He came here, the fact is that He
was sent from The Father. (Gal 4:4 KJV)
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, Jesus had full knowledge of the Father.
- John 7:30 (KJB)
- Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his
hour was not yet come.
- They had desired to arrest Him at that time but that did not happen
because Jesusí time was not yet. The human reason they did not take Him was
probably because they wanted to avoid a riot in the Temple which could have
escalated. If a riot happened, then Roman troops would be dispatched and
probably many would be arrested and killed. The rulers would bide their time
to take Him because they now had proof that He was making Himself out to be
God by claiming that He came from God. This verse also shows how powerful
the timing of God is. If God decrees something to happen at a specific time,
it will not come to pass one second sooner or later. That is why there is no
such thing as coincidence in the Kingdom of God, just God-incident. This is
a comforting principle for the believer.