- John 7:31-36
- John 7:31 (KJB)
- And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh,
will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?
- While Jesus was at the Feast of Tabernacles, many had started to believe
on Him simply because the evidence was starting to take hold on some people
and they had deduced that Jesus had done many miracles and if Christ comes,
will he do more miracles than Jesus did? People were starting to realize
that Jesus was not ordinary and that His miracles had portrayed a divine
origin. They started to understand that if another came along, what miracle
can he do that was not already done by Jesus or was capable of doing. From
the time of John and the fulfillment of the Scriptures, many had started to
believe and the followers of Jesus were increasing much to the chagrin of
- John 7:32 (KJB)
- The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him;
and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
- The leaders were very worried and angry since Jesus was now being
considered the long awaited Messiah by the people. No longer could the
leaders contain the speech of the people because the miracles and actions of
Jesus were all done publicly . So the only things the leaders could do is to
quash the ministry of Jesus by arresting Him. Jealousy and envy was nearing
its crescendo as now the leaders were beginning to take action and they
would not give up until Jesus was finally crucified. This is what religion
does, it will do anything to squash and prevent the spread of truth.
- John 7:33 (KJB)
- Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then
I go unto him that sent me.
- At this point the “little while” corresponds to six months when Jesus
will be crucified, raised, and then ascend back to the Father. So He is
basically telling the people that they need to take advantage of this time
because this is their divine time of visitation.
(Isa 10:3 KJV) And what will ye do in the day
of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to
whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
Isaiah had prophesied to Judah concerning the divine
visitation. There are four questions which are asked:
- And what will ye do in the day of
- How will the people handle the day of visitation? What will they do or
think when they will be divinely visited? Will they accept the fact that
Messiah will come to them or will they reject Him? We are seeing from John
7, that Jesus is on the way to rejection by the leaders and acceptance by
- and in the desolation which shall
come from far?
- 37 years after the crucifixion and ascension of Christ, General Titus
will raze Jerusalem and it will be a desolate place and no longer will it be
the center of Judaism.
- to whom will ye flee for help?
- Since the people rejected the Messiah, when these times come upon the
nation, who will they turn to for help, seeing they have rejected the Son
and therefore rejected the Father.
- and where will ye leave your glory?
- The Glory of Jerusalem was the Temple and the fact that they had the
words of God given to them but once the desolation comes, what glory will
you have left and where will you leave it or plant it or will be totally
- John 7:34 (KJB)
- Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am,
thither ye cannot come.
- Two interesting word phrases in the Greek. “Shall seek” and “shall find”
are both in the future tense. This means that the total rejection of Jesus
as the Messiah will cause the Jews to continue to search for a Messiah and
because of their blindness, they do not realize that He is standing right in
front of them. Their search will not lead to Jesus as the Messiah and that
is why if the Jews seek for Messiah and it continues to point to Jesus they
will still continue rejection. So they will continue their Messiah search in
all future generations as they continue to reject Jesus. Where He will be is
in Heaven and as along as they stay in their unbelief, they can never get to
Heaven. Rejection of Christ is the rejection of the only way to Heaven.
- John 7:35 (KJB)
- Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall
not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach
- Here the Jews thought they were deriding Jesus as they were keeping
their minds on an earthly level. For a while Jesus had preached that He came
from the Father and that He would be returning to the Father and this is why
the unbelieving Jews would be unable to find Him. Instead they thought He
would go to the dispersed Jews who were still in outlying regions from the
diaspora of the Babylonian captivity. Then they thought that He might go to
the Hellenistic Jews who were the Greek speaking Jews who lived among the
Gentiles. Then they thought that He might start preaching to the Gentiles.
What they failed to realize is that this is exactly how the Gospel would
eventually go forth into the entire world.
(Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.
- John 7:36 (KJB)
- What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and
shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
- Here we have the essence of spiritual blindness. They had no idea what
the Lord was speaking about and instead of looking at it from a spiritual
vantage point by searching the Scriptures, they kept looking at it from an
earthly standpoint in human wisdom. This is why they never came to truth
concerning Christ because it was all about the flesh and not about the
spiritual. The real meaning of the spiritual is always hidden from the
unregenerate. This is why unbelievers who pastor churches never get beyond
good works and repeating the Lord’s prayer as their spiritual commitment.