About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Jesus The Christ (ch. 7:25-44)
verses 25 to 27 the crowd is confused.
They note that Jesus is the one that the authorities would like
to arrest and kill but the authorities are doing nothing about Him.
We know from other places in the gospels that the authorities
were afraid to arrest Jesus for fear of the crowd.
Many in the crowd were on Jesusí side.
At the same time, there were many in the crowd who were neutral,
not really sure what to think. These
people were struggling over the idea that Jesus might not be the Christ
since they knew where He came from.
He came from
Jews misunderstood all of the suffering Messianic passages in the Old
Testament like Genesis 3:15, Psalm 22, and Isaiah 53.
They expected the Messiah to come as a king from
verse 28 Jesus cried out. This
signifies intensity and volume in His voice.
He said, "Yes, you know me, and know where I come 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." These are the
same words Jesus has been saying over and over again.
I am from God. He has
sent me. I am His Son.
He is my Father. It's
all about the Deity of Christ.
as we've seen all through the book of John, there is a major
intellectual disconnect between Jesus and the crowd of people.
He is talking to them about where He has come from and that's His
heavenly home where his heavenly Father lives.
The crowd is thinking in terms of Jesus coming from
30 says that because of these words they, the Jewish leaders, tried to
seize Jesus, but they did not lay hands on Him.
They could not lay hands on Him.
John says that "His (Jesus') time was not yet come."
God has a timetable. The
cross was still off in the future. God
would not allow anything to be done to Jesus before the allotted time.
Jesus made that clear to Pilate later on in John, when He told
Pilate that he had no power at all over Him, other than what God had
idea that God has a timetable is important when it comes to prophetic
history. Some people believe
that Jesus will return when the church reaches some sort of state of
perfection. I don't see it
that way. Jesus will come at
the precise second God has planned for Him to come back to earth.
He will not arrive a second late or a second early.
31 tells us that some in the crowd believed that Jesus was the Christ.
John tells us that they had put their faith in Him.
That is to say, they trusted what Jesus said about Himself, even
though their trust was somewhat faulty.
They ask, "When the Christ comes, will He do more miraculous
signs than this man?" In
Greek this kind of sentence structure requires a no answer.
By this they were saying that Jesus was doing many miracles that
to them proved He was the Christ. If
He wasnít, and the Messiah was still to come, would the Messiah do
more and greater miracles than Jesus?
Miracles were to be a sign to point to Jesus, and some believed
in Him because of these signs.
Miracles were to be a sign of the Messiah.
Jesus had the signs, but was He really the Messiah?
The crowd was divided over this issue.
The Jewish leadership, however, had made their minds up.
He was not the Messiah.
verse 32 the Pharisees got wind of what the people were talking about
among themselves. The
Pharisees were now beginning to feel more threatened than ever by Jesus.
They did not like to see anyone giving credence to anyone accept
themselves. Just the
possibility of the crowd thinking Jesus could be the Christ was a threat
to them, so they tried to arrest Jesus.
verse 33 Jesus says, "I am with you for only a short time, and then
I go to the One who sent me; and where I am you cannot come."
Jesus is saying that His time here on earth is limited to a short
time, and that He will return to where He came from, and that is where
the One who sent Him is.
the verb tense in verse 34. Jesus
says, "Where I am, you cannot come."
Where He was at that precise moment was the temple in
specifically told this crowd of Jews that they could not go to Heaven.
Did that mean they could not go at that exact moment nor did it
mean that they would never go to Heaven?
The answer may be debatable.
This might actually be a prophetic statement from the lips of
Jesus. The majority of that
generation of Jews would not end up in Heaven because of their unbelief.
verse 35 those listening to Jesus had no clue of what He was talking
about. They thought that He
was planning on going into the Greek world, meaning among the Gentiles
in order to teach them. They
could not understand where Jesus could possibly go where they could not
follow Him. We of course
know that Jesus was talking about going to Heaven.
is a bit ironic that the Jews thought that Jesus might be going into the
Gentile world. Jesus Himself
didn't go to the Gentiles but His apostles did.
His teaching was proclaimed throughout the known Gentile world by
verse 36 Jesus told the crowd of people that some day they would look
for Him but they would not find Him.
Could this be prophetic as well?
The Old Testament prophets said that God had blinded the eyes of
the Jews. Paul picked up on
this in his discourse concerning the Jews in Romans 9 through 11.
Could there blind spiritual eyes prevent these people from
The other alternative here is Jesus is simply speaking in plain
language. After His
ascension these Jews would search for Him and of course He was no where
on earth to be found then.
37 now begins the events of the last and great day of the feast.
During this feast that lasted, either seven or eight days, each
day water was brought from the Pool of Salome to the feast, that is,
except for the last day when no water was brought to the feast.
This is the interesting backdrop to what Jesus is about to say.
verse 37 Jesus stands in the temple and in a loud voice says, "If
anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me (trusts if life with me) Ö streams of
living water will flow from within him.
By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him would
later receive." This,
the last day of the feast, might well have been a day when people were
thirsty because no water was brought from the Pool for Salome.
With this in mind, this might be why Jesus spoke about water,
that is, living water.
chapter four when Jesus spoke to the woman at the well He told her of
the water of life that she could drink.
Now in chapter seven this water, after one drinks it, turns into
a river of life. It not only
comes into you by way of a drink, but flows out of you by way of a
water, this river was the Holy Spirit Himself.
John says that the believers had not yet received the Spirit, but
that would come later. This event took place at Pentecost, in Acts 2.
says something else that is extremely important.
The reason why the Spirit had not yet been given was because
Jesus was not yet glorified. The
question thus should be asked, "When was Jesus glorified?"
Some suggest that He was glorified when He rose from the dead.
They have to say this because they believe the disciples received
the Spirit in John 20:22 and following, when Jesus breathed on them and
said, "Receive the Spirit." I
believe this event was symbolic of what was to come on Pentecost,
because I believe Jesus was not yet glorified at the point, or at least,
not yet fully glorified. I
am not discounting this experience in John 20.
I am sure that the Holy Spirit touched the disciples' lives while
in that room. I'm sure they
felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, but, they did not receive the Holy
Spirit then. If they had,
Jesus would not have told them to stay in
careful study of John 17 will show you what Jesus meant when He used the
word "glorified." It
meant to be with His Father as He once was before His incarnation into
humanity. That took place at
the ascension in my thinking, when He returned to the Father for good.
So, the believers could not have received the Spirit until Jesus
ascended into Heaven for good and was glorified.
They then received the Spirit at Pentecost, and not in John 20.
you believe that the disciples received the Spirit in John 20 when Jesus
breathed on them, then you need to ask what happened in Acts 2.
Jesus clearly stated in Acts 1: 4 through 8 that the disciples
were to stay in
we return to John 7, verse 40. Upon
hearing these words the crowd was divided in their opinion of Jesus.
Some thought that He was that Prophet that Moses spoke about in
Deuteronomy 18:15 to 18. Some
could not figure out just who He was because the Christ was supposed to
this point, as we see in verse 44, some people wanted to seize Him, but
it was not His time to be put to death yet.