John Lesson 13
John Chapter 7:27-53
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Memory verse for this week: John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
In the first part of Chapter 7, we saw Jesus attending the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem after first refusing to go with his brethren to the feast. We saw that Jesus own brethren did not accept that He was the true Messiah sent from God, and due to their hypocrisy, Jesus waited and went up alone. We closed as Jesus taught in the temple.
I. Jesus is Urged to Attend the Feast of Tabernacles.
John 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
John 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
John 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
We see much murmuring going on about Jesus. We saw that most would not speak out openly for fear of the religious leaders of the day. Here they question if Jesus is not the very one that they sought to kill, while we saw some saw in the earlier verses that "he had a devil" making him think someone was out to kill Him. Be sure, there were many who wanted Jesus dead, but His time was not yet come. We see in verse 26 that they question whether the rulers really knew that Jesus was "the very Christ." But then they turn around and say that Jesus could not be the Christ since they knew his background and where he came from. What they did not realize is that Jesus was not Joseph and Marys son, but Jesus was the very begotten Son of God. Mary was his human mother, but Joseph was not his father. Jesus was the one and only virgin born man on this earth.
John 7:28 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.
John 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
These comments so moved Jesus that he cried out to them that they only thought they knew Him. Jesus was not the son of Joseph, but the Son that came down from heaven. Jesus says that his is not come of myself, but of He who sent me. Some there might have had some knowledge of God, but no one there knew God like Jesus. Being a part of the God head, Jesus was God manifested in the flesh. He had the mind of God. John Calvin commented that it as if Jesus was saying "You have your eyes fixed on the earth, and you think that you see all of me, and therefore you despise me as an unknown son of the earth. But God will testify that I come from heaven. While I may be rejected by you, God will testify that I am in reality His, because God is true."
John 7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Last week, we gave a number of scriptures about how that many times they sought to take Jesus, but he walked right through their midst because his time was not yet come. God had a perfect time for Jesus to be born on earth, a perfect time for Him to have His ministry, and a perfect time for Him to die as our substitute for sin on Calvary. And there are some more perfect days in the perfect timetable coming up, and one that is sure to come to pass soon is when Jesus comes to take us out of this old world prior to the 7 years of tribulation. Jesus was truly in danger of men all through his ministry, but we do not see Him walking around in fear. You and I are not to have that spirit of fear either. I heard about a man in the cemetery of Westminster Abbey in England that had written on his tombstone, "He feared man so little because he feared God so much." Think about that. If we fear God properly, we will not fear man.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
John 7:31 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?
Even amidst all of this turmoil and doubt, praise the Lord, some believed on him. When
you and I go out and witness, not all will believe. But there will always be a few and
perhaps even fewer as the days grow shorter until Christs coming. But the people
knew that another would be hard pressed to do more miracles than Jesus had done. One more
paragraph from the commentary on John by John Calvin. "It might appear that Christ
was preaching to the deaf and utterly obstinate, and yet the evangelist says that some
fruit followed. So while some people may grumble, others smile, and others slander; and
though many differences may arise, the preaching of the Gospel will not be without effect.
So we must sow the seed and wait patiently, until eventually the fruit appears. The words
"put their faith in Him" are used here in an imprecise way, for they relied more
on the miracles than on teaching and were not convinced that Jesus was the Christ. But as
they were ready to listen to him and allowed themselves to be taught by him, such a
preparation for faith is called faith. Sow when the Holy Spirit gives to a small spark of
the right attitude such an honorable title, it should encourage us not to doubt that
faith, however small, will be accepted by God." I want to add that even faith itself
is a gift of God. The Holy Spirit draws us, and we do have to acknowledge and accept
Christ, but faith and repentance are gifts of God also. Man has nothing to boast of before
God, since salvation is wholly of the Lord.
John 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
John 7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.
We see the Pharisees heard the murmuring of the people, and they decide to send
officers to take Jesus. It is amazing how when truth goes forth, Satan is quick to try and
quench it or water it down where is not really truth at all. What Jesus spoke was total
truth. He tells them that He will be with them for a little while, and then return to the
one who sent Him. Always remember that Satan is not ignorant of the scriptures. I believe
some of Satans biggest demons are ministers of light in this old world today. They
preach "part truth" and "part error." It is crucial for us to not only
read the Word, but to study it where we can truly "rightly divide the word in
truth." When the Devil came to tempt Jesus, he quoted scripture all three times to
try and trick Jesus. But Jesus knew all scripture, and partial bits of the Word did not
mislead Him. How about you and I? What versions of the Bible do you study? Are you sure
that those words are the very words that God had men to pen? I believe with all my heart
that we have the true Word of God today that God has preserved for man until the end of
time. And it is not just in the original transcripts, but written in ink on the pages of
the King James Version of the Bible. This version was not translated from corrupt texts of
liberals who set out to destroy Gods Word. We can trust the words that are penned
and not have to question each verse as to whether it is accurate or not.
John 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.
John 7:35 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 the Gentiles?
John 7:36 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?
None of us will ever be able to ascend into heaven unless Jesus provides the way, and that is what He was speaking of in verse 34. The Jews are so earthly and carnal that all they could think about was where Jesus might go to hide from them. They thought that perhaps he would go outside of the country to where other Jews were dispersed. This made them fear that Jesus might teach the Gentiles since they perceived the Gentiles as a lower class that was unfit for the things of God. God help us to never think that we are superior to others. There are really only one class of people on this earth. Sinners. Some are lost, others have been saved. But all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
II. Jesus Reveals Himself as the way to the Eternal Water.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Yesterday, I went down and helped to mow down my Dads overgrown garden. It was hard, dirty work, and when we finished, we went back in the house and he asked me if I wanted a coke. I told him I wanted some cold ice water. When you are really thirsty, nothing satisfies your thirst like pure water. And when it comes to the spiritual thirst, there is only one drink that satisfies forever, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I know I will need another physical drink of water to satisfy this old body. But what Jesus did for me spiritually in 1963 is still satisfying me here today in 1998. Of course I have to read my Bible to stay in close fellowship, but the spiritual water has never and will never run out. As it says in verse 38, those that believe on Jesus will have rivers of water flowing out of his belly. We wont stop to read these verses, but compare these verses on the living water in John 4:14-16, John 6:36, Rev 22:17, and Isaiah 55:1.
In verse 39, we see how that the Holy Ghost was not yet given to man to come and dwell within them like He does today. Gods Holy Spirit dwelt among man in the Old Testament, but not in man. Today, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
John 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
John 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
We see the people arguing over whether Jesus was the true Messiah or not. Some said they knew he was The Prophet. Others argued that he could not come out of Galilee since the scripture clearly taught that He was to come as a seed of David. This is good that they made decisions based upon scripture. But where was Jesus actually born? In Bethlehem like it was prophesied. And they were not far off the mark about coming from the seed of David. It says in Isaiah 11:1 that the Messiah was to be a rod out of the stem of Jesse.
Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
One of the things we all must be careful of is to jump to conclusions without gathering facts. If they had but asked, they could have found out that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. But quick minds do not always bring about accurate conclusions. The bible says that many are willingly ignorant of the things of God.
2 Pet 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Many today dont want to know the truth. If you tell them what the Bible says, they sometimes reply "I dont care what the Bible says. This is what I believe." I dont know about you, but I sure care what Gods Word says about things. The Bible teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Until we fear the Lord properly, we are not wise truly, but only wise in our own minds. Satan has us right where he wants us. Relying on ourselves which is never a stable position. But when we base our decisions on "thus saith the Lord", we have a solid rock, an unmoveable foundation that will never fail us.
John 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
John 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
I have always loved these verses. It says that they wanted to take him, but no man laid hands on him. And all these religious leaders want to know why the soldiers did not bring him to them. And their reply was "Never man spake like this man." And why was this? Because Jesus was no ordinary man. He was God Himself. All the knowledge of all the ages was at His disposal. They marveled at the wisdom of Solomon, but Jesus was far superior to Davids son Solomon.
Remember what Peter said about Jesus when Christ asked them whom do the people say I am.
Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
John 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
John 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
John 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
We see the Pharisees are really hot that the soldiers did not bring Jesus back to them. They question whether they were deceived by Christ like the people. (Which were not being deceived Satan was deceiving the Religious leaders of the day.) To their sad question, I believe the answer was no, except for one. Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night, and I believe that he knew Jesus was Lord. The others were so wrapped up in the ceremonial law, so ground into it, that they could not see the forest for the tree. The ones that believed on Jesus had the best religious view of any, and some of them certainly did know the law. Some verses that point to Nicodemus being saved are John 19:38 and 39.
John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
John 7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
John 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
John 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
John 7:53 And every man went unto his own house.
We see that Nicodemus is harassed and made fun of for taking up for Jesus. That happens a lot of times in life, but we still need to stand up for the truth. He asks a simple question "Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?" These did judge Jesus without a trial or opportunity to hear from Him. And ultimately they stirred up the people and had Jesus crucified. What hatred was in their hearts for Jesus. And yet Jesus still loved them. His last request for them was "Forgive them for they know not what they do."
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
They ridicule Nicodemus with "Art thou also of Galilee?" To be of Galilee was a disgrace to them. But I tell you, no matter where you are from, you need to know this man from Galilee. Not just a head knowledge, but a heart knowledge. Knowing Jesus was a great man is wonderful, but even Satans demons know that. That is about a foot away from knowing Jesus as your own personal Savior, and that comes from the heart.
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